Eric A. Stanley works at the intersections of radical trans/queer politics, theories of state violence, and visual culture. Eric is currently finishing a PhD in the History of Consciousness department at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Eric A. Along with Chris Vargas, Eric is a co-director of the films Homotopia (2006) and Criminal Queers (2011). Nat Smith is a light-skinned Black queer gender variant nerd who loves camping, comics, animals, sci-fi, and mathematical equations and is proof that none of these things is antithetical to being from the 'hood. Stanley and Nat Smith bring together current and former prisoners. Nat Smith has worked with Critical Resistance and the Trans Gender/Variant and Intersex Justice Project
Eric A. Nat Smith has worked with Critical Resistance and the Trans Gender/Variant and Intersex Justice Project. CeCe McDonald was imprisoned for defending herself against a racist, transphobic assault.
Captive Genders is an essential book that brings home that trans and gender non-conforming lives are deeply structured by the prison, that violence can never be an antidote to violence, that abolition must extend to the gender binary, and that formerly incarcerated Black trans women will.
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Captive Genders book. Nat Smith works with Critical Resistance and the Trans/Variant and Intersex Justice Project.
Eric Stanley is a postdoctoral fellow at UCSD. His writings appear in Social Text, American Quarterly, and Women and Performance, as well as various collections. CeCe McDonald was unjustly incarcerated after fatally stabbing a transphobic attacker in 2011.
The first collection of its kind, Eric A. Stanley and Nat Smith bring together current and former prisoners, activists, and academics to offer new ways for understanding how race, gender, ability, and sexuality are lived under the crushing weight of captivity. Through a politic of gender self-determination, this collection argues that trans/queer liberation and prison abolition must be grown together.
Gay mainstream politics has largely ignored the experiences of trans people in prison. When they have dabbled in issues of policing and incarceration, mainstream gay groups have largely supported more incarceration in the form of sentencing enhancement in hate crimes laws.
New York: Seven Stories Press. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in an Age of Color Blindness. This book seeks to analyze the issue of race in America after the election of Barack Obama.
Eric A Stanley; Nat Smith; Cece McDonald. Captive Genders is an exciting assemblage of writings-analyses, manifestos, stories, interviews-that traverse the complicated entanglements of surveillance, policing, imprisonment, and the production of gender normativity.