Recently, NewStatesman reported on Makenzie, a prison girlfriend. Using the Instagram name “Texas Prison Wives” she uses trending memes for prison loved ones. This helps keep her sane, while also helping other Instagram Prison Wives.
People use the internet for personal and professional reasons. But, some prison wives now use Instagram to create memes to relate with their imprisoned husbands. Their posts can be found using such hashtags as #prisonwives and #prisonwife.
There is a group of Instagram Prison Wives who create trending memes to empower other prison girlfriends, fiances and wives. Most of these memes feature Disney Princesses, Spongebob Squarepants and sagging jeans to make their public Instagram campaigns effective.
For these women, using Instagram to create popular memes has one singular objective:
To help other prison wives laugh through the pains of having a loved one incarcerated.
Instagram Prison Wives Use Memes to Support Others Like Them
The handle mylife_as_a_prisonwife is an Instagram account owned and managed by 27-year-old Makenzie. The account has over 12,000 followers and the Instagram Prison Wife uses it to promote various prison memes originating from popular movies to fascinating cartoons.
She also manages the texasprisonwives Instagram account with 1,123 followers. She uses both accounts to post memes and photos and other visual posts that identify with prisoners and their prison loved ones.
Makenzie also uses the Instagram accounts to help other prison wives cope with the challenges of having prison boyfriends, fiances and husbands imprisoned. Her boyfriend was sent to prison to serve two 15-year sentences for being in possession of drugs.
The Prison Wife says:
“This account has given women a safe space and anonymity to seek personal advice, ask questions, and seek other women within their area if they want to reach out.
I think it’s fun to have so many people relate to funny memes even though the direct meaning behind it is about being lonely or the hard things we go through to make this relationship work. It’s a reminder we aren’t alone in our struggle and we can laugh through the pain.”
Instagram Prison Wives Use Memes to Fight Prison Injustices
Another Instagram Prison Wife account, doingtimetoo, is run by 22-year-old Jemma with 1,369 followers. Her memes showcase Spongebob Squarepants and Disney princesses, among other lighthearted social concepts. She explains:
“I’m sure ordinary members of the public would disagree with our light-hearted way of looking at our loved ones being in prison and I would totally understand that.”
These and other like-minded prison wives, girlfriends and fiances use Twitter and Instagram to create prison experience memes. They appreciate the network of support these platforms provide.
Fighting Prison Injustices with Instagram Memes
These women also use memes and social media to:
- Provide prison information that benefits other prison wives everywhere
- Fight injustices happening behind prison bars
- Report situations orchestrated by correctional officers
- Tell the world how prison guards maltreat and disrespect families and friends of prison inmates
“‘None of us enjoy prison visits or being treated like we are criminals ourselves. We don’t enjoy waiting for phone calls that never arrive or having to deal with situations all on our own but if we can laugh about it, that’s something,’ explains Jemma.
‘Memes allow us all to laugh at the situations we are in, rather than cry.’”
With Instagram memes, prison wives can always laugh through the pains of having loved ones in prisons, rather than cry. Do you think this is a good way to turn something tragic into something supportive and motivating?
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