Art, Activism, and Sexual Violence
- PUBLISHED: February 2024
- SUBJECT LISTING: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Visual Studies, Performing Arts
- BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: 248 Pages, 6 x 9 in, 16 color illus., 24 b&w illus.
- ISBN: 9780295752105
- Publisher: University of Washington Press
Since 2017 the #MeToo movement has expanded cultural awareness of the pervasiveness of sexual assault and tacit support for rape culture in the United States and beyond. Despite its ubiquity, sexual assault is one of the most underreported crimes in the world in part because of the mistreatment and misunderstanding survivors often face from their communities and the legal system.
Art, Activism, and Sexual Violence brings together creative work, in multiple genres, with analyses of the historical and cultural contexts of sexual violence from intersectional feminist perspectives. Together, contributors illuminate the power of artists—as victims, survivors, and allies—to combat sexual violence through creative expression in partnership with historians, anthropologists, sociologists, journalists, and gender scholars. Showcasing dance, textile arts, painting, new media images, drama, and other creative forms, this volume embraces artistic expression's transformative potential and inspires readers to action, mutual recognition, resistance, and resilience.
Authors & Contributors
Sally L. Kitch is University and Regents Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at Arizona State University. Her many books include Contested Terrain: Reflections with Afghan Women Leaders and The Specter of Sex: Gendered Foundations of Racial Formation in the United States. Dawn R. Gilpin is assistant dean and associate professor at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where her research focuses on mediated social systems. She is coauthor of Crisis Management in a Complex World.
Attentive, accessible, and sensitive writing that not only engages with a range of issues related to sexual violence but genuinely bears witness via the writing.- Basia Sliwinska, editor of Feminist Visual Activism and the Body
This diverse cohort of scholars, administrators, artists, and makers have collectively excavated how activism and art serve as a social force in facing the impacts of sexual assault and shame. This significant work should serve as a template for educators, activists, curators, and organizers to engage innovatively with their publics and think about the power of arts advocacy in our everyday lives.- Hinda Mandell, author of Sex Scandals, Gender, and Power in Contemporary American Politics