Women's Studies Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 32, No. 3/4, Fall

25 Years to Freedom: An Interview with Betty Tyson
At 24 years old, Betty Tyson was a heroin addict selling her body to pay for her next fix. A spiraling chain of events would wrongly send her to prison for a quarter of a century and rob her of more than half her life. It was 1973. The Watergate hearings...
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At the Prison-Community Boundary: The Women's Prison Association of New York City
In an independent evaluation of the Women's Prison Association (WPA) written for the U.S. Department of Justice, Catherine Conly (1998) notes that:Women offenders who return to their communities from prison must often simultaneously comply with conditions...
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Battered Women Add Their Voices to the Debate about the Merits of Mandatory Arrest
Laws prohibiting domestic violence have been in place in Canada and the United States for decades; however, for much of that time the laws have not been enforced (Hemmons, 1981; Oppenlander, 1982). In an effort to improve the enforcement of domestic-violence...
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Blurring the Boundaries: Women's Criminality in the Context of Abuse
A link between women's victimization, generally speaking, and criminal offending has been substantiated throughout feminist criminological scholarship. However, more research is needed in order to better understand the connections between intimate partner...
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Cheryl Miller and Michelle Oberman's Mothers Who Kill Their Children: Understanding the Acts of Moms from Susan Smith to the "Prom Mom"
Cheryl Miller and Michelle Oberman's Mothers Who Kill Their Children: Understanding the Acts of Moms From Susan Smith to the "Prom Mom"As I write this review, the national and local newspaper headlines are reporting stories about mothers who have killed...
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Domestic Violence at the Crossroads: Violence against Poor Women and Women of Color
Mainstream feminist theory argues that socially structured and culturally approved gender inequality is causative in understanding domestic violence.1 This approach was far superior to the earlier individual psychological arguments that pathologized...
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Don Sabo, Terry A. Kupers, and Willie London's Prison Masculinities
Don Sabo, Terry A. Kupers, and Willie London's Prison MasculinitiesThe U.S. prison system has long been critiqued for its perpetuation of racism and classism, but only relatively recently has the "Prison Industrial Complex" begun to be widely regarded...
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Educating Students about the War on Drugs: Criminal and Civil Consequences of a Felony Drug Conviction
American society is a patriarchal one, where the needs, issues, and concerns of women are largely ignored. It should not be surprising then, that when legislators enact crime control policies, especially drug policies, the social and economic impact...
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Elisabeth L. Beattie and Mary Angela Shaughnessy's Sisters in Pain: Battered Women Fight Back
Elisabeth L. Beattie and Mary Angela Shaughnessy's Sisters In Pain: Battered Women Fight BackL. Elisabeth Beattie and Mary Angela Shaughnessy give a voice to battered women in their book Sisters in Pain. Sisters in Pain narrates the accounts of seven...
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Feminist Therapy Behind Bars
Correctional systems in the United States have traditionally reflected the social and moral norms of our society. Women who commit crimes have been seen as fallen women, bad mothers, and unsuitable for polite society. Prison programming has reflected...
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Field Trip
The guard wanted us to line up in twossaying It's easier to see bad things happeningthat way. We shivered in the late March aircoatless, walking on the prison pathwaysto our first event. Cinder block-womenin handcuffs shuffling to other placesin this...
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Lesbianism and the Death Penalty: A "Hard Core" Case
Bernina Mata was sentenced to death in Illinois in 1999 for being a lesbian-or, as the prosecutor labeled her, a "hard core lesbian."Such a declaration strains credibility. 1999? Illinois? Sentenced to death? Is this really a claim of a direct causal...
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Medea of Suburbia: Andrea Yates, Maternal Infanticide, and the Insanity Defense
On May 12, 2003, in the town of Tyler, Texas, Deanna Lajune Laney called the police to inform them that she had just stoned her three children to death. Laney's husband slept through the children's murder, emerging from the house in his nightclothes...
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On Teaching Women's Prison Writing: A Feminist Approach to Women, Crime, and Incarceration
The overall position of women in our nation's correctional facilities might be described as grim at best. Currently, more than 140,000 women are confined in prisons and jails nationwide, representing a nearly seven-fold increase since 1980. A Bureau...
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Pastel Fascism: Reflections of Social Control Techniques Used with Women in Prison
The increased use of imprisonment for women offenders has been attributed to changes in legislative responses to the "war on drugs," changing patterns of drug use, and judicial decision-making. Increasingly, women who are incarcerated in this country...
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Policing Race and Gender: An Analysis of "Prime Suspect 2"
As a cultural production, the crime genre spans short stories and novels, film, radio, and television, and is a predominant genre across these media (Mandel, 1984; Rafter, 2000). Despite some notable exceptions (e.g., Agatha Christie earlier on, and...
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Sexual Revictimization and Retraumatization of Women in Prison
When women in foreign countries are sexually abused or sexually exploited by government employees, it is a human rights violation (e.g., Fitzgerald, 1992), but when the same thing happens in the United States, it is a "prison sex scandal" (e.g., Meyer,...
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This Body of a Crime
I was afraidI was aloneHereafter I will always be afraid & aloneWhen the darknesswhen the silencewhen the human natureof an approaching shadowtears my heart into jagged piecesto cut my teethIn the language of cases & rulesI am neatly transcribedtucked...
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Understanding the Range of Female Criminality: A Prison-Based Test of Three Traditional Theories
Controversy Concerning How Criminology Must ChangeCriminological researchers question whether criminology should be substantially revised to provide distinctly different theories of crime for women or whether past theories of criminogenesis can be utilized...
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Unintended Consequences of Constructing Criminal Justice as a Dominant Paradigm in Understanding and Intervening in Intimate Partner Violence
One in three women in the United States will experience physical or sexual abuse by an intimate partner during the course of her lifetime (Family Violence Prevention Fund, 1999). Women who are not directly victimized by their partners may be indirectly...
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Women and Crime: Essay and Syllabus
The "Women and Crime" course taught at State University of New York, College at Potsdam is an elective course for sociology, criminal justice and women's studies students offered through the Sociology Department. The course is designed to support and...
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Women, Crime, and Criminal Justice
Throughout most of our nation's history, women who suffer criminal victimization, women who break the law and women professionals working in the criminal justice system have been largely ignored. The plight of victimized women was overlooked for centuries...
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Women Writers' Workshop (for L.K.)
I had to stop my heartwhen the gate swung openso I could display identificationwalk past cyclone wire and 20-foot fencesstep around duck shit whilewatching ducks flit and sputter on the moatstretched along the length of fenceI approached every weekThis...
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