Andrea Dworkin has been an influential write, speaker, and activist for over two decades.
Andrea Dworkin has been an influential write, speaker, and activist for over two decades. She claims to be a feminist, and that her ideas are beneficial to women. This paper will show that many of her most popular beliefs are not only detrimental to society, but also not in the best interests of women.
In letters from a war zone, Andrea Dworkin presents a collection of speeches and short articles she has composed during her career as a writer and activist.
Many of her articles deal with censorship and pornography. One claim is central to all of these, pornography is an act and not an idea, thus censorship is not relevant to it. Men Possessing Women, Dworkin writes, "Pornography says the women want to be hurt, forced, and abused; pornography says women want to be raped, battered, kidnapped, maimed; pornography says women want to be humiliated, shamed, defamed, pornography says that women say no but mean yes - Yes to violence, yes to pain.
McElroy Lynne Segal sees in inherent harm in trying to link the two together.
She believes that feminists who try to do so are wasting valuable time that could be spent on other important issues. It is her contention that protecting what pornographers say, is protecting what pornography does.
Pornography is more than words. They are acts against women. Dworkin Since it is uncertain whether there is even a correlation between violence against women and pornography, any attempt to ban it must be viewed as censorship. What ever it is referred to, it still has the same effect.
In many of Dworkin's writings, she laments the silencing of women. She is partially responsible for this silencing. InThe Canadian Supreme Court ruled in favor of a legal restriction on pornography based on the psychological damage it does women.
Dworkin herself fell victim, when her book, Pornography, was seized by Canadian customs officials. Censorship in contradictory to feminist goals, because freedom of speech is the most powerful weapon in the feminist arsenal.
Medical journals used by medical students, and the testimony of women victimized by sexual abuse are prime targets of censorship. Strossen 77 An episode involving Dworkin and her cohort in censorship, Catherine MacKinnon, demonstrates the dangers of censorship.
At a symposium at A Michigan law school, at which Dworkin and MacKinnon were speaking, a group of feminists had prepared a series of documentaries of the topic of the conference, prostitution. Dworkin refused to speak at the symposium if adversarial speakers were there, so the documentaries were the only voice of opposition to them.
When work got out that the documentaries could possibly pornographic, Dworkin and MacKinnon insisted on their removal. When the presenter refused, they coerced the students with threats of leaving, to force the removed of the documentary exhibit.
What had started out as an academic symposium quickly turned into a forum for the exclusive advocacy of Dworkin ideals. Her action epitomized the danger of censorship to society and other feminists, she silenced the weaker voice.
Strossen Dworkin's opinions on pornography are summed up nicely by Wendy McElroy; Pornography is morally wrong; Pornography leads directly to violence against women; Pornography, in and of itself, is violence against women.
Five individual allegation are made based of the third point; Women are physically coerced into pornography; Women in porn who have not been coerced have been so traumatized by patriarchy that the cannot give real consent; Capitalism is a system of "economic coercion' that forces women into pornography in order to make a living; Pornography is violence against women who consume it, and thereby re-enforcing their own oppression; Pornography is violence against women, as a class, who must live in fear because of the atmosphere of terror it creates.
Mcelroy 91 The first three allegations deal with coercion. The first claim is based on a few isolated cases and should not be used to characterize the entire industry.
The second allegation is not only arrogant, but degrades women because it undermines a woman's ability to choose. Dworkin fare better than other women?
The third allegation fails in a similar manor as the second. Dworkin draws no line between consent and coercion, and thus she rejects a woman's right to contract.
McElroy The fourth and fifth claim of Dworkin's are also in contradiction with women's best interests. The fourth claim completely ignores the possibility that women might actually enjoy pornography without falling victim to it.
Allowing women access to a means of sexual expression with actual sex grants them increased sexual freedom. The final allegation is based on the notion that, "Women are not individuals, but members of a class with collective interests. McElroy 96 Another criticism of Dworkin, is that many of her arguments contain logical inconsistencies or outright contradictions.
For one thing, Dworkin wants to validate the experience of women who have be silenced by patriarchy yet refuses to accept the voices of women who participate in pornography. Dworkin also believes that pornography is the bastion of patriarchy, yet conservatives, tradition champion of patriarchy, also crusade against pornography.Inspired By Andrea Dworkin: Essays on Lust, Aggression, Porn, The Female Gaze That I Might Not Have Written If Not for Her Apr 24, by Susie Bright.
Kindle Edition. $ Read this and over 1 million books with Kindle Unlimited. $ $ 5 99 to buy. Get it TODAY, Oct out of 5 stars 6. When Andrea Dworkin—radical feminist, author, and a Founding Mother of the modern feminist movement—died on April 9 at the age of 58, a great many men cheered.
Andrea Dworkin was falsely credited with saying “all sex is rape” (a quote that Boston Globe columnist Cathy Young calls “fairly accurate shorthand for [Dworkin’s] ravings”).
Essay Andrea Dworkin Andrea Dworkin has been an influential write, speaker, and activist for over two decades. She claims to be a feminist, and that her ideas are beneficial to women. This paper will show that many of her most popular beliefs are not only detrimental .
Andrea Rita Dworkin, who alleged that “I used everything I know—my life—to show what must be shown, so that it can be faced,” was born on September 26, , in Camden, New Jersey, which she described as a “wild, hard, corrupt city,” but one in which the schools were racially and ethnically mixed.
The Complete Works Of Andrea Dworkin are now available in pdf, epub and kindle formats. Non-Fiction. Woman Hating; Heartbreak: The Political Memoir of a Feminist Militant. Aug 11, · Andrea Dworkin – American nonfiction writer, novelist, essayist, short story writer, and poet.
The following entry presents an overview of Dworkin's career through