em = By Pauline Quinn
Hate filled eyes
& gleeful smiles
8 pairs of hands pulling clothes
Pulling hair and tearing flesh
Pulling legs apart
To search between
Does my struggle add to your fun?
My resistance give you pleasure?
This degradation and humiliation
Does not make you flinch
You do not react to my screams
Where is humanity? Your dignity?
As you degrade
You and I
And all of womanhood
By this disgusting act.
[Pauline Quinn, a nationalist inmate of Maghaberry Prison in Ireland, has been subjected to a number of strip searches, including one after returning to prison from her grandfather's funeral.]