Books by Andrea Dworkin

Released: March 1, 2019

"Intense reading most likely to appeal to radical feminist scholars."
Two editors join forces to produce an anthology of works by a controversial second-wave feminist. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2002

"The cry of a wounded creature ('I have a heart easily hurt') who cannot or will not let the wounds heal. They fuel her crusade."
A controversial author (Scapegoat, 2000, etc.) offers her bitter and sad reflections on life as a feminist. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 2000

"This deplorable piece of man-hating propaganda ultimately does a disservice to women as well. Inciting them to violence against men, Dworkin contributes to furthering the rift between the sexes, making the dream of a truly humane society based on mutual respect as elusive as ever."
Feminist writer Dworkin (Life and Death, 1997, etc.) exploits a common analogy between the inferior status of diaspora Jews and women to highlight the function of both groups as scapegoats. Read full book review >
LIFE AND DEATH by Andrea Dworkin
Released: March 1, 1997

Essays and speeches from an eloquent, impassioned, but often stunningly illogical feminist. Dworkin is one of the primary intellectual and literary voices of the feminist antipornography movement. In this collection, as in much of her work, she unflinchingly describes male violence against women. Her testimonials to her own experiences as a battered wife are especially well rendered. These essays also take on the O.J. Simpson case, rape in Serbian death camps, and (as always, for Dworkin), pornography, which she continues to strangely fixate on as the root cause of rape. Oddly, she is quick to bring up historical examples of rape, which appear to immediately complicate the question of causality; Thomas Jefferson, for instance, who Dworkin claims raped Sally Hemings, his slave and mistress, didn't have access to anything like the brutal and graphic pornography that men have today. Certainly, Dworkin makes a convincing case for porn's role in men's violence, but it can't possibly be as central as she claims. At other points, the author undermines her reliability as a narrator by being melodramatic about the attacks on her work, which have indeed been virulent, but that is because she makes controversial points; any writer suggesting that heterosexual penetration is equivalent to oppression—as Dworkin did in her 1987 book, Intercourse—would be questioned. She claims that she has been censored, which seems astounding, given that her work is well known and widely discussed. It is even widely available—some of the essays in this collection were published first in the Los Angeles Times, New York Newsday, and the New York Times Book Review. Those already converted to Dworkin's strain of feminism will find much to admire here; those who disagree with her will likely remain unconvinced. But political specifics aside, her critique of our culture's vicious and persistent woman-hating is powerful and painful. Read full book review >