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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
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.
Rus Funk
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
i think this contains dworkin's best and most concise essays with all her seriousness, love, and humour.
❁ Yve ❁
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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Tigbench
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.
Patris
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.
Dave
I don't entirely agree with her view on life. But her talent and discipline as a writer is undeniable.
Babis
Socking, courageous and true. Very good.
A'ishah Al-Tamimi
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.
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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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