Master of Fine Arts
Date of Defense
Jill B. Delston
Drawing from feminist and critical race theorists’ analyses of pornography and racist speech, I advance an argument in favor of speech regulations vis-à-vis prison rape films. I call ‘prison rape films’ (PRFs) those films that depict prison rape humorously, as narrative springboards, or as unnecessary tangents. I explore why such films ought to be regulated by pointing out the harms these films have on prisoners. In doing so, I examine what it is to be a ‘historically oppressed group’ and what makes such groups particularly vulnerable to hate speech. Prisoners are a historically oppressed group that is harmed by prison rape films and, on this basis, deserve protection from such harm by way of regulation.
Baseley, Logan Richard, "Hate Speech and the Status of Prisoners" (2015). Theses. 219.