Amanda Knox: Prison Affairs Aren't All About Sex

She opens up about same-sex kiss in essay
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 16, 2017 10:03 AM CST
Knox: Prison Affairs Aren't All About Sex
Amanda Knox in a scene from her self-titled Netflix documentary.   (Netflix via AP)

"Contrary to what you might guess, many prison relationships aren't about sex—just like most relationships outside of prison," writes Amanda Knox. In a piece for Broadly, part of a series meant to debunk myths about love, Knox writes that she begrudgingly became part of a same-sex but non-sexual relationship while wrongly imprisoned for murder in Italy. Around 2010, Knox says a "small town drug dealer" whom she identifies by the alias "Leny" arrived at her women's prison and the pair became friendly, walking the perimeter of the outdoor yard, sharing CDs, and playing chess. Then Leny, a lesbian, tried to seduce her. "'I've changed women before,' she'd tell me. 'I can do things to you that no man can,'" Knox writes.

"I felt objectified and I'd get annoyed," she adds, noting regular strip searches and harassment by male guards already made her feel as though she didn't have "ownership of my body." When Leny eventually kissed her, Knox says she told her they couldn't be friends because Leny "couldn't respect my boundaries." But other prison relationships turn out differently and provide trust and companionship to both parties. "Relationships in prison are sometimes about sex, but more often they're about human connection," Knox writes. "Because prison is an awful place: It is designed to deny people of their desire to connect." Click for the full piece, in which Knox describes witnessing "tearful breakups, and sometimes fistfights" between partners. (Knox recently came out against Trump.)

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