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  • Policing private behaviors, legislating morality at the micro level and not applying those same standards at the macro level.
  • 2009 p. 420

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  • Constant War Dr. Sara Diaz WGST 303: The *isms: Race, Class, and Gender Gonzaga University
  • Constant War • Black Panther Philosophy • Wars are waged abroad and domestically. • Spanish American, WWI, WII, Korea, Bay of Pigs, Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, Iraq I, Bosnia, Afghanistan, Iraq II • Metaphors of war – War on Drugs • Militarization of the Police – Occupy Wall Street
  • How do we wage war internally? • Internment • Native American • Japanese - WWII • War on Poverty, Drugs, Terror: • No Fly Lists • Airport Screening • Trust No-One PSAs • Militarized Police • Prisons
  • Women and Crime • 36% Violent Crime – • Often self-defense against abusive spouses or partners • 30% Property Crime• Theft, fraud, forgery, etc • All of which may be or perceived to be last resort to make ends meet. • 26% Drugs • Crack-Cocaine Disparity (100:1 until 2010, now 18:1) • Criminalization of addiction
  • Theories of Women & Crime • Essentialist • PMS • Hysteria – Crazy women • Conniving/manipulative women • Social/Structural/Economic • Feminization of poverty • Exploitation or Historical Trauma • Racism
  • Women and Prison • “Takes place against a backdrop of patriarchy.” • Single mothers • Impoverished • Histories of mental, physical, and sexual abuse. • Chemical dependencies
  • Life for Women in Prison • Sexual abuse at the hands of guards or other inmates • Prisons located far from areas where the inmates come from. • Loss of custodial rights (decimates families) • Felony conviction eliminates ability to claim welfare benefits • Funnel of injustice, feminization of poverty • Pregnancy (10%), • limited to no access to abortion • HIV, drug use higher for women than men • Medical neglect