Critical Condition: Women on the Edge of Violence

Critical Condition Women on the Edge of Violence While Aileen Wournos the alleged female serial killer who insists she killed in self defense sits on death row Hollywood filmmakers appropriate her story Meanwhile in our perverse justice system t

  • Title: Critical Condition: Women on the Edge of Violence
  • Author: Amy Scholder
  • ISBN: 9780872862852
  • Page: 159
  • Format: Paperback
  • While Aileen Wournos, the alleged female serial killer who insists she killed in self defense, sits on death row, Hollywood filmmakers appropriate her story Meanwhile, in our perverse justice system the sexual assaults and murders of forty five women in San Diego are discounted by police and given file code name NHI, No Humans Involved, because the victims are perceivedWhile Aileen Wournos, the alleged female serial killer who insists she killed in self defense, sits on death row, Hollywood filmmakers appropriate her story Meanwhile, in our perverse justice system the sexual assaults and murders of forty five women in San Diego are discounted by police and given file code name NHI, No Humans Involved, because the victims are perceived as marginal sex workers, informants, homeless or working class women.The women in Critical Condition challenge abuse and invisibility with powerful literary and visual art They put a spin on issues of women and violence by focusing on women won fight back, sometimes killing their abusers women who control their own sexualities and challenge conventional ideas of sex women who assert images of themselves in a cultural landscape where none appear women who reframe personal histories that were meant to shame them into oblivion.Critical Condition includes Carla Kirkwood s autobiographical performance monologue about a girl, sexually abused by the men in her family, who becomes a feminist activist in the 70 s, and an artist in the 90 s In impassioned poetry, Wanda Coleman takes a look at the embattled lives of African Americans, particularly in Los Angeles Sapphire s searing poems about race and self realization expos the fallacy of the nuclear family and the vicious cycle of domestic violence The Theory Girls performance script, If You Were like the Heroine in a Country and Western song, is both detailed expose and black comedy framing the relationship between Aileen Wuornos and Arlene Pralle the born again Christian who became enad of Wuornos after her conviction within the context to Hollywood s fascination for women with guns.Here, too, are panel discussions, taken from a conference at The Lab and San Francisco Camerawork, that focus on self revelation and art, women who kill, and the question of race and gender in the media There are over twenty five pages of visual art, including the Women s Work billboard campaign promoting public awareness of domestic violence, wit work by Barbara Kruger and Carrie Mae Weems.Critical Condition shows women on the edge of violence, defending themselves, asserting public images that resist conventional ideas of powerlessness and victimization, and combating the dominant paradigm with irreverence and fierce commitment.

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    About "Amy Scholder"

    1. Amy Scholder

      Amy Scholder was the editorial director of the Feminist Press for six years She has also served as editor in chief of Seven Stories Press, US publisher of Verso, founding co editor of HIGH RISK Books Serpent s Tail, and editor at City Lights Books Over the years, she has published the work of Sapphire, Karen Finley, June Jordan, Kate Bornstein, Kathy Acker, David Wojnarowicz, Joni Mitchell, Jill Johnson, Kate Millett, Elfriede Jelinek, Muriel Rukeyser, Laurie Weeks, Justin Vivian Bond, Virginie Despentes, Ana Castillo, and many other award winning authors She lives in New York and Los Angeles.

    824 thoughts on “Critical Condition: Women on the Edge of Violence”

    1. Excellent book!!!!! I can highly recommend this book! big kudos for the insightful pieces about Aileen Wornos!! i got that book about twenty years ago and it was hughly influential to me. Lots of cutting edge brilliant artists using their art to raise awareness and create solutions to the most challenging problems at the time with in the violence against wimin issues. This book is still ultra relevant. Lots Powerful writing and early work by Safire!Art can communicate, create culture and help to [...]


    2. Wow! This book is an amazing collection of contributions to a conference on feminism, activism and art in 1992 in the US. As the title says, the topic is women on the edge of violence. Many of the contributing artists focused on the case of Aileen Wournos, the so called “first female serial killer” in the US. The case is interesting since it got massive media attention at the time and shows how different men and women is portrayed and handled in the media and to some extent in the legal cour [...]


    3. This book is a compilation of transcripts from a seminar on women and violence. It is truly adept at addressing personal experiences and social trends, and looks at women not only as victims, but also in their roles as aggressors. This is a small, succinct, and ultimately powerful book.


    4. excellent published copy of an excellent conference including influential writers such as Sapphire and Dorothy Allison. I'm alright with that :)




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