Andrea Dworkin (1946-2005) is one of the most recognisable voices of militant second-wave feminism. She graduated from Bennington College USA in 1968, before which she was active in the antiwar movement and spent several years living in Europe.
Dworkin was a prolific writer: her articles appeared in ‘Ms.’,’Newsweek’, ‘The Times Literary Supplement’, ‘The Village Voice’, and ‘The New York Times Book Review’; her many books include ‘Pornography – Men Possessing Women’, ‘Intercourse’ and ‘Heartbreak’. Going further than many of her peer feminists, Dworkin’s polemical approach linked pornography directly to rape and violence and she was noted for drawing on her personal experience of sexual violence.
Famous for quotes such as ‘dead men don’t rape’, Dworkin’s extremism was felt by many feminists to have hindered rather than helped the women’s movement in the 1980s. Together with the feminist lawyer Catherine MacKinnon, Dworkin drafted a legal proposal that defined pornography as a civil rights violation against women.Dworkin was a central figure in media debate throughout her life, in some cases resulting in physical attacks upon the writer.
- 'Intercourse', Andrea Dworkin, Basic Books, 2006
- ‘Heartbreak: the political memoir of a feminist militant’, Andrea Dworkin, Basic Books, 2002
- ‘Scapegoat: the Jews, Israel and Women’s Liberation’, Andrea Dworkin, Free Press, 2000
- ‘Life and Death’, Andrea Dworkin, The Free Press, 1997
- ‘Mercy’, Andrea Dworkin, Arrow Books, 1992
- ‘Pornography: men possessing women’, Andrea Dworkin, The Women’s Press, 1981
- ‘Women Hating’, Andrea Dworkin, E.P. Dutton, 1974
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