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Prison Sexology: Two Personal Accounts of Masturbation, Homosexuality, and Rape

John Money and Carol Bohmer
The Journal of Sex Research
Vol. 16, No. 3 (Aug., 1980), pp. 258-266
Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3812269
Page Count: 9
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Prison Sexology: Two Personal Accounts of Masturbation, Homosexuality, and Rape
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Abstract

As revealed in two unrelated reports from prison inmates, the sexology of all-male incarceration subdivides into masturbation, wet dreams, and partner contacts in association with heterosexual imagery; consenting homosexual pairing with one partner exclusively androphilic and the other bisexual; coercive partnerships with one partner dominating but not injuring the other and neither being permanently and exclusively androphilic; and violent homosexual rape. The long-term outcomes of prison celibacy and homosexuality are not presently known. These outcomes need to be studied systematically and prospectively. It is suggested that it is illogical to punish sex offenders by incarcerating them in an environment that breeds sex offending. A system of conjugal visitation, and possibly of family living in prison, is a more logical, and probably the only alternative to institutionalized sexual brutality and homosexuality that is situationally evoked.

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