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ISBN-10: 0872862852
ISBN-13: 9780872862852
Publisher: City Lights Books
Publish Date: 01/01/2001
Dimensions: 7.84" L, 5.50" W, 0.58" H

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Critical Condition: Women on the Edge of Violence

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While Aileen Wuornos, 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 invisbility with powerful literary and visual art. They put a spin on issues of women and violence by focusing on women who 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 ’70s, and an artist in the ’90s. In impassioned poetry, Wanda Coleman takes a look of the embattled lives of African-Americans, particularly in Los Angeles. Sapphire’s searing poems about race and self-realization expose the fallacy of the nuclear family and 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 enamored of Wuornos after her conviction) within the context of Hollywood’sfascination 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, incl

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ISBN-10: 0872862852
ISBN-13: 9780872862852
Publisher: City Lights Books
Publish Date: 01/01/2001
Dimensions: 7.84" L, 5.50" W, 0.58" H
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