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Photo description: The cover of the second edition of Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex features a burning car filtered purple.)
"Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex brings together trans, queer and gender nonconforming views on police and prisons. Its pages brim with anger, grief, hope, humor and daring, taking on everything from bathhouse raids to capitalism, from prison rape to sex offender registries.
The first edition came out in 2011. Since then, between Laverne Cox's role in "Orange is the New Black" and Chelsea Manning's high-profile court martial, trans prison issues have catapulted into mainstream public consciousness. But trans and queer folks struggling in and against prisons is nothing new. Captive Genders gives us a window into this legacy of resistance. And more than that, it transports us to intoxicating possibilities for the future."
In our capacities engaged with human rights pedagogy, the stories in this volume offer a lens into the lives of some of the most oppressed members of our society. These stories offer significant challenges to the way human rights are commonly thought of and even imagined. Often times issues like these can be solved by representation, however the experience and position of incarcerated queer and trans people doesn't really lend itself to representation in a mainstream human rights space that is often dominated by able-bodied cis-gendered white males of economic privelege. Beyond representations, these stories can open our mind to the lives of people who commonly dissappear from our imagination the same way black slaves dissappeared from the minds of the authors of the Declaration of Independence when they wrote "all men are created equal."