The conference was organized by the two coordinators of this issue whose respective works are situated at the intersections of studies on confinement and sexuality. A dozen participants presented findings that are often undervalued because of the absence of space for their dissemination and discussion. It is as though raising the issue of sexuality in these contexts means consigning oneself to the extreme margins, including in the academic world. These studies emerge out of a field profoundly renewed by gender-oriented approaches, whether they have been applied to crime especially Messerschmidt, or to prison. The increase in research related to masculinities in prison Sabo et al. When it comes to research on sexuality, we are very familiar with the difficulty of investigating practices that are generally subject to silencing.
Prison sexuality or prison sex or penitentiary sex consists of sexual relationships between prisoners or between a prisoner and a prison employee or other persons to whom prisoners have access. Since prisons are usually separated by gender , most sexual activity is with a same-sex partner. Prison sexuality is an issue that has been commonly misunderstood and misrepresented due not only to the taboo nature of the subject, but also because of a lack of research. Sexual behaviors in prison include suppression, in which an inmate chooses celibacy i. Consensual true occurs between people who were already homosexual before entering prison. Consensual situation occurs between people who have homosexual experiences for the first time in prison ; and sexual violence which includes coercion , manipulation, and compliance.