Letter from KteeO: Menstruation and Incarceration

KteeO is an anarchist from the pacific northwest serving time for refusing to answer questions before a grand jury. As a fellow anarchist, a person who has a lot of dysphoria surrounding menstruation, and as a person who has a higher than normal probability of future incarceration this hits home in a very real way for me.

Committee Against Political Repression

We received this letter from KteeO, and she asked us to share it publicly.

I have some thoughts I would like to share if you would like to read:

I must confess that until I was facing incarceration I hadn’t thought much about menstruation in prison; but once I realized that I was going into lockup it became a worry that was always nagging at the back of my mind.

Now that I have spent an entire menstrual cycle in prison (and am half way through another) I realize that my worries were not unfounded. I have found, as have so many others, that bleeding in prison is truly a messed up experience.
It is an experience that either intentionally works to degrade inmates, or degrades us as a result of cost-saving measures; either way, the results are the same. Prison makes us hate a part of our selves; it…

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