WGST 303 Day 36 State ViolencePresentation Transcript
Dr. Sara Diaz
WGST 303: The *isms: Race, Class, and Gender
UN Definition of Sexual Violence
Any act of gender-based violence that
results in, or is likely to result in,
physical, sexual, or psychological harm
or suffering to women, including
threats of such acts, coercion or
arbitrary deprivation of liberty whether
occurring in public or private life.
Violence is any relation, process, or
condition by which an individual or a group
violates the physical, social, and/or
psychological integrity of another person or
group. From this perspective, violence
inhibits human growth, negates inherent
potential, limits productive living, and
• History of “convict leasing”
• Crime becomes profitable
• Keep costs low
• below-minimum wage labor for private
• Taxpayers pay the overhead while companies
• Starbucks, Nintendo, Victoria’s Secret, JC Penney, Sears, WalMart, K-Mart, Eddie Bauer, Wendy’s, Proctor & Gamble,
Johnson & Johnson, Fruit of the Loom, Motorola, Caterpiller,
Sara Lee, Quaker Oats, Mary Kay, and Microsoft.
• Kinds of Labor
Make office furniture
Work in call centers
Fabricate body armor
Take hotel reservations
Work in slaughterhouses
Manufacture textiles, shoes, and clothing.
Profit-motive & Crime
• Incentivizes criminalization of minor infractions
• Why pay someone $7.25/hr on the outside of
prison when you can pay them $0.93/day inside?
• War on drugs has created:
• A large, captive population of people of color
and poor whites
• Exposed to violence daily
• Source of nearly free labor
• Jim Crow? Maybe it’s closer to slavery.
• Based on Davis and Shaylor’s synthesis of
research about women in prison, do
women’s experiences in prison meet the
definitions of violence?
• What about the men’s experiences
described by Michelle Alexander?
• Why is the female prison system
compared to battering relationships in
the article? What kind of structural
similarities connect domestic violence
and state violence?