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Letters from a War Zone

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Reflections on writing and writers, freedom of speech and censorship, pornography, violence against women, and the politics of our time.
Paperback, 337 pages
Published May 28th 1993 by Lawrence Hill Books (first published 1989)
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Maya
Aug 30, 2014 Maya rated it it was amazing
A touching, beautiful, inspiring, and sometimes heartbreaking collection of essays and speeches by one of the greatest women to have ever lived.

Women the world over miss you, Andrea. Thank you for speaking up for us so beautifully and so unequivocally when the rest of the world spat us out and left us to rot.
Yve
Jun 05, 2015 Yve rated it it was amazing
Warning, this review is kind of gushy.

I want to give this book to all the trend-riding liberal feminists. You know, the ones who share articles on Facebook about how progressive Disney movies are, who make cute glittery "misandry" graphics, who say they're gonna "dismantle the patriarchy" with their sexy high heeled shoes and lipstick. As it's a collection of Dworkin's speeches and articles over the years, there is repetition, but not by any means to an irritating degree. In fact, we need to he
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Apr 21, 2012 Rus Funk rated it it was amazing
Is there any way to give a book more than 5 stars? This is as brilliant and moving as any of what Andrea Dwokin brings to the written text. Just an awesome collection of essays!
ryan bears
Dec 20, 2008 ryan bears rated it it was amazing
i think this contains dworkin's best and most concise essays with all her seriousness, love, and humour.
Tara Calaby
This is an excellent collection of essays that I would recommend to any feminist--especially those who dismiss the second wave. If anything, things have gotten worse since Dworkin was writing these essays. A depressing, inspiring collection.
Tigbench
Apr 06, 2015 Tigbench rated it it was amazing
Even though the x-rating is in an obsolete rating system today, the book could not be any more relevant. The speeches are captivating, and the source of oppression (unfortunately) are still quite similar. I highly recommend it.
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Feb 11, 2012 A'ishah Al-Tamimi rated it did not like it
this woman is just mad because no man would ever want to marry an ungrateful lesbian like her. she calls hetreosexual sex (the natural right way to have sex) RAPE because she is psychotic. avoid her and her ranting. all she does is hate men.
Patris
Aug 03, 2014 Patris rated it it was amazing
Made me think and generally reconsider my position on pornography. I'm half glad she didn't have to live to see the most horrid, degrading kinds of pornography so easily accessible to practically everyone in the world.
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Mar 27, 2007 Dave rated it really liked it
I don't entirely agree with her view on life. But her talent and discipline as a writer is undeniable.
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Socking, courageous and true. Very good.
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Awesome!
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This was so bloody fucking hard to read, as all Dworkin's work is because how true it is. Her words are raw ; no-nonsense ; straughtforward and that is why we continue to devour her words, despite or perhaps because of how much it hurts. It's like exorcizing a cyst - ridding ourselves of the pus so that we can (finally) begin to heal.
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Andrea Rita Dworkin was an American radical feminist and writer best known for her criticism of pornography, which she argued was linked to rape and other forms of violence against women.

An anti-war activist and anarchist in the late 1960s, Dworkin wrote 10 books on radical feminist theory and practice. During the late 1970s and the 1980s, she gained national fame as a spokeswoman for the feminist
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“We see a major trade in women, we see the torture of women as a form of entertainment, and we see women also suffering the injury of objectification—that is to say we are dehumanized. We are treated as if we are subhuman, and that is a precondition for violence against us.
I live in a country where if you film any act of humiliation or torture, and if the victim is a woman, the film is both entertainment and it is protected speech. Now that tells me something about what it means to be a woman citizen in this country, and the meaning of being second class.

When your rape is entertainment, your worthlessness is absolute. You have reached the nadir of social worthlessness. The civil impact of pornography on women is staggering. It keeps us socially silent, it keeps us socially compliant, it keeps us afraid in neighborhoods; and it creates a vast hopelessness for women, a vast despair. One lives inside a nightmare of sexual abuse that is both actual and potential, and you have the great joy of knowing that your nightmare is someone else’s freedom and someone else’s fun.”
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