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Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Andrea Dworkin, 1946-2005

One of the most controversial figures in modern feminism, and probably in modern academic life in general, has died at age 58. Andrea Dworkin, feminist scholar and staunch anti-pornography activist, died in Washington, DC after a long illness.

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

Pro-Dworkin's Ideas

Dworkin's Web Site, from a Close Friend

Andrea Dworkin Quotes

Pro-Dworkin Blog Entry with Lots of Links

Anti-Dworkin's Ideas

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


Blogger tina said...

I have to say that I feel rather like Susie Bright does. That is, really impressed by her passion and her willingness to bring sex into the public and especially feminist eye, but overall perturbed by her never being able to grow theoretically or to consider the positions of others. I think she was wrong about pornography and about sexuality in general when she lumped all sorts of it into one category. That said, she did have a point about mainstream porn posing a lot of problems that feminists should be concerned with.

Of course, it is always sad to see someone you've read and who has inspired you, positively or negatively, pass away.

Wednesday, April 13, 2005 4:27:00 PM  

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