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Interrupted LifeExperiences of Incarcerated Women in the United States$
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Rickie Solinger and Rebecca Sharitz

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780520252493

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520252493.001.0001

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Why?: A Letter to My Lover

Why?: A Letter to My Lover

(p.129) 24 Why?: A Letter to My Lover
Interrupted Life

Sheena M. King

University of California Press

In this chapter about homosexuality and same-sex relationships, the author shares her innermost feelings for a fellow prisoner named Charlotte. She asks why they had to meet and fall deeply, madly and ridiculously in love, in prison; when they had shared their minds, hearts, hopes, dreams, and desires and decided they were best friends, why they enhanced it by exploring each other's bodies and merging their souls; why they could not deny mutual attraction; why they had to make love in closets, bathroom stalls, in secret rooms, in showers and over toilets, with quick touches in corners; why they jumped off the cliff and gladly fell into the abyss of love when they would have to separate; or why the pain does not stop.

Keywords:   homosexuality, same-sex relationship, prisoner, love, mutual attraction

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