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Miss Passion Star

But, now the New York Times has found a New Face of Prison Rape to try to get Lynch Law excited about doing something with the 2003 anti-prison rape law: a shaven-headed black gay male inmate who recently decided he was a lady named Passion Star:

Push to End Prison Rapes Loses Earlier Momentum
By DEBORAH SONTAG MAY 12, 2015

NEW BOSTON, Tex. — The inmate, dressed in prison whites with a shaved head and incongruously tender eyes behind wire-rimmed glasses, entered the visiting room with her wrists joined as if she were handcuffed. At 31, she had spent her whole adult life behind bars, and it looked like a posture of habit.

She introduced herself: “My given name at birth was Joshua Zollicoffer, but my preferred name is Passion Star.”

A transgender woman whose gender identity has been challenged by Texas authorities, Ms. Star herself is challenging Texas’ refusal to accept new national standards intended to eliminate rape in prison, which disproportionately affects gay and transgender prisoners.

You know, black-on-white prison rape is the chief generator of white racist gangs, who play such an outsized but crucial role in the national demonology. So maybe Obama, Holder, and Lynch have good tactical reasons for not doing much about it.

 
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  1. It was a real loss when the old World War Two generation went. It’ll be a real relief when the Baby Boomer generation goes. Lots of the prison work has gone corporate. Crime didn’t pay and now it does. If you turn the civilian areas into military zones you can make the country more dangerous while creating new investments and demand for security services. People can trade more freedom for security. Make a fortune in securities busting out small businesses. We can build more malls and big box retail to create jobs for people on parole. If the economy does not work it’ll mean more agency jobs and bailouts. More stuff is going to close, more banks are going to be closed, more investment scams etc. and the rigged market isn’t going to help. At least if you have a service weapon you have a fast exit strategy.

  2. Personally, I think I’d defer my transition from Joshua Zollicoffer to Passion Star until I was well clear of the Texas penal system.

    • Replies: @The Anti-Gnostic
    Judging from that photo, I don't think "Passion Star" has anything to worry about.

    I have had some contact with maximum security prison culture. I doubt anybody at the NY Times has the tools or life experience to comprehend it.
  3. Steve, I don’t know why you not able to include a photo of Miss Black America for 2015:

    Sometimes when popular culture gets this absurd, it makes you wonder.

  4. Those poor black inmates are punching up against systemic oppression when they rape white criminals, so to even point out that it’s happening for any reason other than to mock the whites would be rayciss.

    Besides, if a white man in prison really doesn’t want to be gang raped, that’s what local civic organisations like the AB are for. He might even learn a new trade in the process.

  5. Big Bill [AKA "Sailor Bill"] says:

    I was smoking dope and talking trash in the 8-12 OS’s fo’c’sle with Mister Mack, a wiper from Jacksonville and Cherokee, a FOWT from Norfolk when the subject of male-male sex came up. [We were coming back from a grain run to Russia in the 70s.]

    An AB from Mobile (who I later recognized as “The Man Who Killed His Brother” in Chris Buckley’s “Steaming to Bamboola”) finally spoke up and said, “Man – woman – makes no difference to me”.

    He explained how he and his two partners in the joint would sidle up to the “new meat” who came into the prison yard after intake processing. TMWKHB would throw an arm over the new kid’s shoulders and walk, seemingly aimlessly, over to a portion of the prison yard that was out if sight of the guards. He would buddy-buddy the kid, giving him advice on what to avoid, how to keep out of trouble, which guards and inmates to watch out for, and generally distracting the kid until he was out of sight.

    Then he and his partners would pull out knives and calmly tell the kid that he was going to give up the booty. He could fight them and they would cut him, maybe kill him, and THEN take the booty, or the kid could give it up easy.

    TMWKHB said that most white kids would typically start whimpering, crying, sort of melt and slip down the wall, and then give it up.

    For bunches of guys in the joint it doesn’t make any difference what orifice you use. And little skinny white boys are easy pickings.

  6. Corn says:

    Just curious, are transgendered prisoners a disproportionately high percentage of inmates or are they found behind bars at the same rates they are found on the outside? Anybody have any data? The way the media squawks about the plight of tranny cons you’d think they were 10-15% of the inmate population.

    OT: Steve ever going to do a post about this movement to dump Andrew Jackson from the $20? Talk about the Fringe slapping the Core in the face.

    • Replies: @Uncle Peregrine
    Who has a beef with Andrew Jackson besides African Americans and Native Americans? Bankers! No wonder they want him off the money.
    , @unpc downunder
    According to homosexuality/transgender behaviour researcher Michael Bailey, homosexual transsexuals have lower IQs than heterosexual transsexuals, and are more likely to associate with criminals and engage in petty crime. Hence, it seems likely highly effeminate homosexuals are probably more likely to be arrested for some types of crime, especially if they are extroverted/impulsive Blacks.

    However, there doesn't seem to any statistical research on criminality levels among homosexuals in general, or differences in criminality and socio-economic achievement between masculine and effeminate homosexuals. With homosexuality now permitted in the military, it would also be good to know how likely masculine homosexuals are to engage in predatory sexual behaviour, but no research is being done.

  7. Yes, gay rape disproportionately affects gays. Because it doesn’t affect a straight man’s self-concept at all.

  8. I celebrate the publication of this article in the New York Times. I hope they never stop escalating their game. Today the reader was challenged to see whether he* had the progressive “right stuff” to accept the shaven-headed prison inmate, Joshua Zollicoffer as Ms. Passion Star. Tomorrow the test will be something even harder. Let’s all hope they never stop. I want the mainstream media to keep up with this until they’re down to just a tight little dream team of elite Social Justice Warriors.

    Let’s all get a good night’s sleep and and get ready for the next round! I hear it’s going to be the heartwarming tale of a plucky paedophile of colour trying to make a difference in small town America.

    * “or she!!!!”

  9. The Old Grey Ladyboy is really doubling down on this issue. Transgender spies are the new critical issue facing American intelligence agencies.

    The Spy Who Came In From the (Reconstructed Labia) Fold

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/11/opinion/transgender-at-the-cia.html?_r=0

  10. Raping Up is an act of political defiance against white supremacy. This was black panther “minister of information” Eldridge Cleaver’s view.

  11. I was just recently thinking that maybe the price of body cameras will come down to the point that prisoners could be forced to wear them.

  12. @Corn
    Just curious, are transgendered prisoners a disproportionately high percentage of inmates or are they found behind bars at the same rates they are found on the outside? Anybody have any data? The way the media squawks about the plight of tranny cons you'd think they were 10-15% of the inmate population.

    OT: Steve ever going to do a post about this movement to dump Andrew Jackson from the $20? Talk about the Fringe slapping the Core in the face.

    Who has a beef with Andrew Jackson besides African Americans and Native Americans? Bankers! No wonder they want him off the money.

  13. “The inmate, dressed in prison whites with a shaved head and incongruously tender eyes ”

    This reporter has been watching too many Sal Mineo movies.

  14. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Television programs have made a big deal about white prison gangs being racist and all things bad. It’s never mentioned that they mostly sprang up in reaction to predatory black gangs who are racialist to the core. Somehow the black gangs get a pass on all that. Much of the rape behind bars has actually occurred in jails rather than the prison system itself. For the curious they can Google around for stories about ‘Donny the punk’, a person who got gang raped then later traded sex to get by in the prison culture.

  15. @Rob McX
    Personally, I think I'd defer my transition from Joshua Zollicoffer to Passion Star until I was well clear of the Texas penal system.

    Judging from that photo, I don’t think “Passion Star” has anything to worry about.

    I have had some contact with maximum security prison culture. I doubt anybody at the NY Times has the tools or life experience to comprehend it.

  16. The study found that whites were more likely to be sexually abused by inmates, but blacks and Hispanics were more likely to be abused by prison staff.

    I wonder why that is.

  17. I wonder whether rape in prison would be also so widespread when law-enforcement would have a Gulag-like working system. Would the inmates have enough energy to act like that after 14 hours of working in a stone quarry?

  18. By all accounts, white males are the most common rape victims in prison, with black males the most common perpetrators. So it’s only natural that the NYT finds a LBGTetc black person to be its national spokescreature.

    BTW, prison rape is so common that the first fact mentioned above also means white males are the most common victims anywhere. You won’t be reading that fact in the NYT or elsewhere for that matter.

  19. White prisoners almost always have white victims. When those prisoners are raped, their white victims are getting an extra serving of revenge– excuse me, justice.

    White privilege in action!

  20. Svigor says:

    I’d be more concerned if I was a South African woman; a quarter of South African men admit to being rapists.

    You know, black-on-white prison rape is the chief generator of white racist gangs

    Hmm, interesting point (though I’d add the guy who led the murder of Robert Byrd to the boilerplate mention, since leftists went into histrionics over that case). I’m always saying that white fears of rape in prison loom much larger in the entertainment biz (and consequently the public imagination) than in the reality of prison life. I usually take pains to leave room for more doubt about my theory in the biggest, nastiest prison systems, like those serving Los Angeles and Chicago.

    Maybe the prevalance of white racist prison gangs is a proxy for that area of doubt.

    My opinion about prison rape is based on a nationwide survey of ex-cons from a few years ago. The number of prisoners who reported experiencing any kind of violent (in a very broad sense) sexual episode was under 1%. If that number was under 1%, then I figured the sort of episode that makes for good Hollywood viewing is probably a small share of 1%. Though again, perhaps concentrated in the worst prisons, magnifying the effect locally.

    A Gentleman’s Guide to Sex in Prison is available online and very informative.

    But over 12 years, even as reported sexual victimization in prisons remained high

    Note the vagueness here. “High” without a stat probably means “higher than the rate outside the penal system.” What, stats too boring a topic for Sontag?

    Not that I’m arguing with your tactical positioning here, Steve; stuff that looms large in the public consciousness is fair game, even if statistical reality doesn’t bear out the concern. And like an innocent man in prison, one prison rape is too many. If Obama & company want to target the rape culture, the prison system would be a great place to concentrate their efforts. If they’re withdrawing, it certainly casts a pall over their rhetoric about rape.

    But states face only a small penalty, the loss of 5 percent of prison-related federal grants, if they opt out of the process entirely.

    5% is not a small penalty. Nobody in his right mind shrugs at a 5% pay cut, tax increase, loss of revenue, or budget cut. What Sontag should be doing here is telling us how much compliance will cost the prisons, so we can compare it to that 5% loss.

    Texas forfeited $810,796 — a minuscule fraction of its multibillion-dollar corrections budget — after Mr. Perry declined to sign an assurance letter.

    In other words, if Texas is any guide, states don’t get that much money from the feds, so a total loss of federal money doesn’t amount to much of a stick. Assuming the amount forfeited is 5%, then the total money Texas can get from the feds is about 16.2 million dollars. Let’s call “multibillion” (why an actual figure would be superfluous here is anyone’s guess) $2 billion; that means the total amount of the Texas prison system’s budget that is represented by federal money is at most less than 1%. So, yeah, it looks like the feds have no real carrot or stick here, even if they withhold 100%, because compliance would probably cost them more than noncompliance does.

    Texas’ opting out was considered especially significant, however, because it has the largest prison population in the country and by far the most reports of sexual assault and abuse. Texas had three and a half times as many allegations as California in 2011, when California still had more inmates than Texas, according to the federal data.

    IIRC, the national demographic dividing line between the “mostly minority-hispanic west” and “mostly minority-black east” is in Texas, for what it’s worth.

    “In the state of Texas, in the general population, there is a culture where gay men and transgender women in prison are basically preyed on by the stronger inmates,” she said. “They have to be the property of a person who’s in a gang, and this person is the individual who speaks for them. So basically, they’re coerced into being sexually active to survive.”

    That struck me as odd, given the well-known propensity of homosexuals to treat anything that inhibits them being as sexually active as humanly possible as a death sentence…even when homosexuals being as sexually active as humanly possible approaches the status of death sentence.

    The most recent national inmate survey by the Justice Department found that sexual victimization was reported by 3.1 percent of heterosexual prisoners, 14 percent of gay, lesbian and bisexual prisoners and 40 percent of transgender inmates.

    I’m pretty sure this is the report I was referring to above. If so, drill down a bit and you’ll find that under 1% of surveyed ex-cons reported experiencing sexual victimization that involved violence. Meaning, over the entire time these men were in prison, only 1% had at least 1 violent episode, which could be anything from a Hollywood style event to a short pushing match where the would-be victim made it plain his ass is exit-only. And with reality working the way it does, the latter probably far outnumbers the former.

    Becoming Passion in a maximum-security men’s prison in Texas was not easy. “Basically, they frown on us expressing our gender,” she said. “I did at one point wear my hair longer, arch my eyebrows, shave my legs and my body and everything. I wore small, form-fitting clothes and made myself feminine underwear. But I was actually disciplined for it.”

    Really, the numbers and the subtext make American prisons seem kinda cream-puff, compared to, say, Hollywood prisons, or Russian ones.

    “To me, it was like a miracle,” said Ms. Struckman-Johnson, a former commissioner who described how she had become “persona non grata” in Nebraska in the 1990s after finding a high rate of prison rape there. “Ever since PREA, nobody can really be in denial.”

    What’s a high rate? That’s still too fact-oriented a question for the New Fluff Times, I guess. In my experience, these people avoid stats when they undermine their Narrative, and make a big deal out of them when they support it.

    Mr. Perry protested that limitations on cross-gender strip searches, pat downs and bathroom supervision would force Texas to discriminate against its female officers.

    Why in God’s name are they allowed to use female officers in male prisons at all?

    A racial breakdown of the inmates in safekeeping, provided by Texas, indicates she may have had a point. Of the 1,569 inmates with that status now, 57 percent are white, while whites constitute 30 percent of the inmate population. Twenty-three percent in safekeeping are black, compared with 35 percent over all, and 19 percent are Hispanic, compared with 33 percent.

    Sounds almost like a proxy for the homosexual cultures of the groups before correcting for propensity for violence. I.e., whites are the most tolerant of homosexuality, and the least likely to be violent, so they’re more likely to wind up in “safekeeping,” hispanics are more violent and have the strongest taboos on homosexuality, so they’re less likely, while blacks have a higher propensity for homosexuality than hispanics, but also for violence.

    One [prison official] suggested, using language that cannot be printed, that she perform oral sex, “fight or quit doing gay” stuff, her lawsuit says.

    That sounds like really good advice, actually.

  21. We really ought to arm prison inmates. That would go a long ways to cleaning up the prisons.

  22. The prison rape elimination industry is another bunch of nuts, though. Maybe the administration finally came to realize that. Eliminating prison rape is of course a laudable ideal, but the details of what they want are total belief in all allegations made by prisoners (a notoriously unreliable body), and staff and/or cameras at every point in a prison that a sex act could physically occur. Plus all sorts of social welfare staff to cater to the prisoners. The expense of all of this would be mind-boggling, and prisons would turn into something akin to giant child-care centers.

  23. There was a funny rap song by Ralph Rolle, “Roxanne’s a Man” (1986) which talks about a guy who goes to prison and becomes a gay transexual after being raped in the shower. It presents a very pre-WWT attitude about transgender.

    The song part of a great hip-hop dispute called the Roxanne Wars, which escaped my notice at the time. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roxanne_Wars

  24. TB2 [AKA "JohnB"] says:

    Nah, they just hate white people. The threat of racist rape of white men in prison and white women on the street is a method of controlling the white population – particularly the prison rape. The proof? The fact that they never do anything about it. We’ve had a million Rotherhams in this country.

  25. Prison rape has become engrained in pop culture, and treated as a joke or a matter-of-fact thing. The victims are universally understood to be mostly white. I can’t help but wonder if the perceived threat of being raped by blacks in prison has had a deterrent effect among American white men. It seems that whites in America generally have a lower violent crime rate than whites in Britain and elsewhere in Europe. If prison rape in America really were clamped down on, would we see a slight increase in the violent crime rate for Whites?

    • Replies: @unpc downunder
    "I can’t help but wonder if the perceived threat of being raped by blacks in prison has had a deterrent effect among American white men."

    It probably does a bit. New Zealand whites tend to have a slightly lower crime rate than Ozzie whites, and for white males in NZ fear of being beaten or raped in prison by Maoris and Polynesians is a significant concern. However, if it was a big factor, you'd expect Canadian white males to have a much higher crime rate than American whites.
  26. The solution to prison rape, prison gangs, and prison violence in general is very simple. Private cells for each prisoner. Meals would be served in-cell. Prisoners can wash themselves with sponges or moist towelettes. For socialization, they can visit friends/family members 3 times a week. That is sufficient.

    The main point is that we have to get control over our anarchic prisons in general. Letting criminals hang out with each other for years on end, with nothing to do but form tight-knit criminal conspiracies and fight, this is the definition of madness.

    Prison sentences for non-violent crimes should also be reduced, and physical punishments should be brought back. I.e. whipping for selling drugs, etc.

  27. @Corn
    Just curious, are transgendered prisoners a disproportionately high percentage of inmates or are they found behind bars at the same rates they are found on the outside? Anybody have any data? The way the media squawks about the plight of tranny cons you'd think they were 10-15% of the inmate population.

    OT: Steve ever going to do a post about this movement to dump Andrew Jackson from the $20? Talk about the Fringe slapping the Core in the face.

    According to homosexuality/transgender behaviour researcher Michael Bailey, homosexual transsexuals have lower IQs than heterosexual transsexuals, and are more likely to associate with criminals and engage in petty crime. Hence, it seems likely highly effeminate homosexuals are probably more likely to be arrested for some types of crime, especially if they are extroverted/impulsive Blacks.

    However, there doesn’t seem to any statistical research on criminality levels among homosexuals in general, or differences in criminality and socio-economic achievement between masculine and effeminate homosexuals. With homosexuality now permitted in the military, it would also be good to know how likely masculine homosexuals are to engage in predatory sexual behaviour, but no research is being done.

  28. @Hapalong Cassidy
    Prison rape has become engrained in pop culture, and treated as a joke or a matter-of-fact thing. The victims are universally understood to be mostly white. I can't help but wonder if the perceived threat of being raped by blacks in prison has had a deterrent effect among American white men. It seems that whites in America generally have a lower violent crime rate than whites in Britain and elsewhere in Europe. If prison rape in America really were clamped down on, would we see a slight increase in the violent crime rate for Whites?

    “I can’t help but wonder if the perceived threat of being raped by blacks in prison has had a deterrent effect among American white men.”

    It probably does a bit. New Zealand whites tend to have a slightly lower crime rate than Ozzie whites, and for white males in NZ fear of being beaten or raped in prison by Maoris and Polynesians is a significant concern. However, if it was a big factor, you’d expect Canadian white males to have a much higher crime rate than American whites.

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