Salamishah Tillet is the author of In Search of The Color Purple: The Story of an American Masterpiece and a contributing critic-at-large for The New York Times. She is the Henry Rutgers Professor of African American Studies and Creative Writing, the director of Express Newark at Rutgers University–Newark, and the cofounder of the A Long Walk Home, Inc., a nonprofit organization that uses art therapy and the visual and performing arts to work to end violence against girls and women.
Yes, it humanizes the women held in Litchfield Penitentiary—but it laughs at the idea that they could change anything about their circumstances.
At an afternoon of feminist performance art on Brooklyn stoops, eavesdropping was encouraged.
San Diego Mayor Bob Filner’s seeking medical help for allegations of sexual harassment redirects our attention away from the real psychological and social harm that his victims experience.
Orange Is the New Black appears to traffic in tired class and race stereotypes, but it also, episode by episode, tries to challenge some of those assumptions by filling in the women’s stories through flashbacks and empathy.
Correctional institutions collectively are the second largest provider of reproductive health services in the country—but most politicians and pundits ignore incarcerated women in the debates over the war on women.