Monday, November 4, 2013

How the Prison System Discriminates Against Men by Allowing Female Guards to Watch Them Nude

In "The Gender Line: Men, Women, and the Law " by Nancy Levit she explains how male prisoners have less privacy and are subjected to female guards staring at them nude but female prisoners are protected from male prison guards staring at them nude. Thus even female prisoners are privileged relative to their male counterparts: 

“Female guards can view male prisoners in various stages of undress, but male guards cannot view female prisoners similarly disrobed. Women in custody are afforded more privacy than men. Simmering under the surface are assumptions about the motivations of the viewer. Women guards would not view men as sex objects, but male guards might be inclined to leer.”“Female+guards+can+view+male+prisoners+in+various+stages+of+undress,+but+male+guards+cannot+view+female+prisoners+similarly+disrobed"&source=bl&ots=VTwRly7aF7&sig=Um0bYFA_22ZWH-gH-HqjkSF56bM&hl=en&sa=X&ei=_bR3UprfA6Kz2gWF5oHwBA&ved=0CCoQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=%E2%80%9CFemale%20guards%20can%20view%20male%20prisoners%20in%20various%20stages%20of%20undress%2C%20but%20male%20guards%20cannot%20view%20female%20prisoners%20similarly%20disrobed%22&f=false

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