Please visit the new home of Majikthise at bigthink.com/blogs/focal-point.

« Spammer gets 9 years | Main | Identity's Currency- »

April 11, 2005

Andrea Dworkin (1946-2005)

Feminist scholar Andrea Dworkin died last night at the age of 59.

Sheezlebub has an obituary.

Trish Wilson reacts:

I just received word in e-mail that Andrea Dworkin has died in her sleep. I was never a fan of Dworkin's, but I know from reading a couple of her books that her comments about rape and marriage have been taken out of context. I really don't have much more to say about this than to let my readers know she has died. I figured that was newsworthy enough.

Indeed. I have about as much regard for Dworkin's work as I do for the philosophical writings of the late pope. However, it is unthinkable to me that the death of a major feminist thinker should receive so little attention.

As of this posting, Google News shows no obituaries or notices of her death.

Update: I second Creep and Blink's take on Dworkin's legacy.

TrackBack

TrackBack URL for this entry:
https://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00d8341c61e653ef00d83458198869e2

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Andrea Dworkin (1946-2005):

» Dworkin and Steinem from Political Animal
DWORKIN AND STEINEM....Andrea Dworkin has died, and Lindsay Beyerstein writes that "it is unthinkable to me that the death of a major feminist thinker should receive so little attention." I don't have much of an opinion about that, but I... [Read More]

» Pornography and Its Discontents from Grammar.police
Cathy Young of Reason takes up the unenviable task of speaking ill of the dead in a Boston Globe obit-ed on Andrea Dworkin. Her column is the first responsible comment on Dworkin's legacy I've seen. With all due respect—I don’t... [Read More]

Comments

made it to fark. as of now, google news has 332 hits for andrea dworkin.

so she dies sometimes saturday, susie bright doesn't hear of it until sunday morning, and on monday, you are screaming that it is unthinkable that her death got so little notice.

i am not sure you understand how the newspaper business works. (not that i do.) but i think you were way over the top here.

chill out dude.

I met Andrea Dworkin in New York. She was an embarassment. One had to be careful to keep their hands nowhere near her mouth, which worked like a woodchipper with food spraying everywhere. When she did speak, she was obviously so self-centered that I was ashamed to be anywhere near her radical brand of feminism. She cashed in because she sold out. To me, feminism means equality. To Andrea, it was a reason to hate. She was obviously a very troubled person and I'm glad that she's finally at peace now, I hope. You should read her autobiography to learn more about what she was really like. I don't remember the name exactly. Something about heartbreak.

Why is it that when fat women are controversial, people always wind up insulting their weight, their attractiveness or their eating habits?

As for what you don't remember about her autobiography, her "heartbreak," she endured a brutal, violent vaginal exam while in jail for protesting the vietnam war, she was beaten and battered by her first husband, and upon leaving him found herself homeless and working as a prostitute on the streets of paris for several years.

Comparing someone to Malcolm X isn't complimentary. Because of moderates like Martin Luther King, blacks got legal equality, affirmative action, and greater awareness of race problems. Because of extremists like Malcolm X, mainstream America started hating the civil rights movement by association.

Besides, saying Andrea Dworkin's writings caused Hollywood culture to become more egalitarian is a serious proposition that needs more evidence than your word. The connection between porn and rape is another thing that needs more backing than some people's hunches.

"Because of extremists like Malcolm X, mainstream America started hating the civil rights movement by association."

by "mainstream america" i assume you mean white people? oh, and what is your research to back up this assertion?

"The connection between porn and rape is another thing that needs more backing than some people's hunches."

lets assume, arguendo, that you are right and misogynist porn does not lead to, cause, or influence rape. what then does cause rape? and what is your solution for ending it?

as a woman a greatly admire recently said to me, andrea dworkin's goal was/is to end rape for all time. find fault with her process if you will, but never fault her goal. ADMIRE her struggle for she took a stand where many do not.

rape is an entrenched cultural evil. when you find fault with someone who wars against such things, be careful you do not end up simply maintaining the staus quo. if you disagree with her proposed solution, then propose your own.


by "mainstream america" i assume you mean white people? oh, and what is your research to back up this assertion?

I mean what most people believe, which is obviously what the majority group believes. My evidence is that Martin Luther King had enormous support from white liberals whereas Malcolm X didn't. Nixon's Southern Strategy relied on connecting liberalism to race riots, cultural separatism, and other insanities; Martin Luther King was too mainstream a figure to be used as a villain.

lets assume, arguendo, that you are right and misogynist porn does not lead to, cause, or influence rape. what then does cause rape? and what is your solution for ending it?

The fact that I don't know something doesn't give you the right to crusade for a solution with no empirical backing. I don't know what causes crime in the USA, for example, but I do know that hauling off every black male into prison will not solve anything. If I publish a faulty proof that P = NP and tell people not to take it apart unless they can prove that P = NP or P != NP themselves, I'll get laughed at.

as a woman a greatly admire recently said to me, andrea dworkin's goal was/is to end rape for all time. find fault with her process if you will, but never fault her goal. ADMIRE her struggle for she took a stand where many do not.

Sure. And Lenin's goal was to end capitalist exploitation and create a society in which everyone was equal. Does it mean I shouldn't point out the fact that he starved almost 10 million farmers to death with his boneheaded agricultural policy? Does the fact that the Hamas wants to end the Israeli occupation mean I shouldn't call them a terrorist organization?

The comments to this entry are closed.