Sexuality Education in the Context of Mass Incarceration: Interruptions and Entanglements

  • Jessica Fields
  • Signy Toquinto


What meaningful and efficacious teaching and learning are possible within the context of racialized and gendered mass incarceration? We explore the possibilities for interrupting the inequalities and injustices that thread through sexuality education available to those most affected by mass incarceration. Our discussion focuses on a broad experience of court-involvement that spans multiple settings and institutions—prisons, jails, parole, probation, and the streets. We explore examples that include peer HIV education, street-based outreach, participatory models of teaching and learning. While sexuality education gained through jails, prisons, and street outreach is an opportunity to learn and to support agentic claims to one’s own sexuality, such teaching and learning are always encumbered with the demands of the carceral institution.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jessica Fields
    • 1
  • Signy Toquinto
    • 2
  1. 1.Sociology and Sexuality StudiesSan Francisco State UniversitySan FranciscoUSA
  2. 2.Family Healthy Care NursingUniversity of California San Francisco School of NursingSan FranciscoUSA

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