Andrea Dworkin, 1946-2005
She was most famous for equating pornography with rape. From the AP article:
"Pornography is used in rape — to plan it, to execute it, to choreograph it, to engender the excitement to commit the act," Dworkin testified before the New York Attorney General's Commission on Pornography in 1986, according to a transcript posted on her Web site.She believed there was a clear link between pornography and violence against women - rape, domestic violence, and murder. Ted Bundy claimed that pornography led him to become a serial rapist and murderer. But this PubMed abstract suggests there is no causal link between pornography and violence.
So, I'm curious to hear what everyone thinks of Dworkin's ideas and legacy. Especially the sociologists.
Here are some links for further reading:
Associated Press article
U.K. Guardian article on Dworkin's death
Dworkin's Web Site, from a Close Friend
Andrea Dworkin Quotes
Pro-Dworkin Blog Entry with Lots of Links
FAQ from Feminists for Free Expression, courtesy of Betty Dodson, pro-pornography feminist
An article from Free Inquiry magazine on pro-pornography feminism in context of all feminism