Taystee sobs, kneeling on the ground, with a CO standing behind her. Image: Netflix.

Orange Is The New Black Is Trauma Porn Written For White People [spoilers]

It’s like the writers and producers sat around and said, “Let’s put all the most f*cked up recent cultural references in one season and be the most Read...
Over the years... I’ve realized that my father’s sentiments echo those of the judge, the father, and the rapist. Image: Thinkstock.

The Stanford Rape Case, My Father, And Collective Forgiveness

Much has already been said about the way the Stanford swimmer's privilege has insulated him from consequence, about the ever-pervasive victim blaming Read...
Denarii Monroe    |   06.10.16   |   SHARE
I brought up other instances the other women had shared with me about the double standards we face at the halfway house. Image: Thinkstock.

Letters From The Inside: Life In The Halfway House

Until recently, I had not experienced any adverse issues at the halfway house. I know a few other women that received write-ups for minor things, Read...
Amber Batts    |   04.15.16   |   SHARE
The first time I had sex for money I met a man at the mall while I was wearing a wire.

Letters From The Inside: The First Time I Had Sex For Money

I was too young then to wear a wire, and the DA, a scary albino man, had me point to an ugly plain doll and tell him what happened. Read...
Amber Batts    |   01.27.16   |   SHARE
Letters from the inside.

Letters From The Inside: Zeitgeist In Alaska

The war on drugs has turned into the war on sex. Prostitution was a part of Alaska before it became a state. Independent minded women came during the Read...
Amber Batts    |   01.13.16   |   SHARE
Imprisoned for sex work.

Imprisoned For Sex Trafficking: A Letter From The Inside

Now I wake up every morning in a jail cell. I make my instant coffee and get ready for work. I press on toward the day I can go home and be with my Read...
Amber Batts    |   01.6.16   |   SHARE
It's time.

A Prisoner Dead: It's Time For Alaska's Correction Reform

I wondered what the difference in treatment would be between a white man accused of assaulting an Alaska Native woman and that same Alaska Native Read...
Tara Burns    |   12.1.15   |   SHARE
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America’s 1.5 Million Missing Black Men Is Nothing Short Of Genocide

For every 100 black women, there are 83 black men. This is not the case in white America, where for every 100 women, there are 99 men, almost Read...
David A. Love    |   04.25.15   |   SHARE