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Right Wing Women

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  101 ratings  ·  13 reviews
An interesting 1970/1980s feminist take on Right Wing women. Though I am not quite sure how 'domesticated' Sarah Palin is? Seems to be of its time nowadays
Paperback, 255 pages
Published February 15th 1983 by Perigee Trade (first published 1983)
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Jan 10, 2013 Jude rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jude by: Books of Athena Bookstore
i am 64 - this book brought my mother's generation to me in compassionate and world-view-changing ways back when it first came out. Dworkin's respectful and insightful take on the innately sexual politics of conservative women has proved prescient and sadly, all too relevant still.

please click the amazon link for reviews-this book's exploration of the mind-set and politics of right-wing women is still expanding the understanding of those who truly care about all women. That's what Andrea Dworkin
Andrea Dworkin gets such a bad rap among (some) feminists and anti-feminists alike that I was slightly wary to actually go out and find one of her books. But, in an attempt to figure out what the majority of my female relatives are thinking, I picked this up. And it was damn worth it.

Firstly...did I agree with her on everything? No. I do not, for instance, consider pornography to be a base cause of anything, or even one of the biggest problems women face in society. I did, however, agree with h
This book helped me understand the psychology of right-wing women a little and the theories of Andrea Dworkin a lot. The writing is really, really good and persuasive even if I find Dworkin's ideas a bit... pessimistic. This is a mostly-accessible read that I would recommend to someone who wanted to read about radical feminism.
Can I give this book 10 stars? No? Bummer...

One word sums up this book: BRUTAL.

There's a lot of discussion amongst radical feminists about "following a thought to its logical conclusion." This means not stopping when an idea steps on PC toes or becomes uncomfortable - or downright dangerous - either personally or to the sex-class system at large (which obviously BECOMES personally dangerous for individual women.) Dworkin's book is radical - "to the root" - in every single sentence, possibly eve
This was my first book by Dworkin. The book consists of six essays written at the the end of the 70s beginning of the 80s: The Promise of The Ultra-Right; The Politics of Intelligence; Abortion; Jews and Homosexuals; The Coming Gynocide; Antifeminism. Dworkin's insights can be brilliant but at the same time she can be too emotional, as if she is taking things personally, and a bit too repetitive. This makes her arguments not as clear as they could be. Also, it was noticeable for me that the book ...more
Drags on pretty bad toward the end but the first few chapters are really engaging and exciting. For laziness' sake here is what I wrote about it when I was halfway through:

"So I have an embarrassing admission to make. Lately I have been reading that new Martha Nussbaum book on con law and sexual orientation, which presents some positively raging arguments for gay marriage on equal protection grounds and talks a lot about concepts of disgust in legal theory. It is a very slow read but I am absolu
I'm a white heterosexual "cis" male, I'm supposed to hate this book. This is convenient, because it's actually a terrible book. It's not so much the ideas (I liked the start), it's just that it's extremely repetitive.

Actually, the ideas were pretty bad. Dworkin is a bit of a fatalist. Why bother with a feminist movement if all men are misogynists and men completely control society?
My first introduction to Dworkin ("Intercourse") was pleasantly surprising, in that, even though I found pretty much nothing of the over-the-top radfem froth of her reputation [which might've been cool], it was a writer of understated warmth and intelligence; I expected fiery polemic, and got high quality radfem lit. crit., but in a good way [rather than it just being underwhelming]. This is the fiery polemic. And man is it ever fucking goddamn fucking great. "Intercourse" was like a reassuring ...more
This is not a book that I would recommend to anyone who is critical of radical feminism. There are lots of assertions that are not argued through and most of the book is written in extremes. However, this is a very valuable book for left-wing folks. Dworkin is brutally honest about the chauvanism prevelent in the left, and why the program of the right is more appealing to oppressed women than the program (or rather hodge-podge of ill-defined ideas)of the left. Whether consious or not, the attitu ...more
So over the top, and I would have liked a bit more evidence for some of the conclusions she draws. That said, there are many parts of the book that speak to the experience of many women, which is why I think it is so highly rated. And it is refreshing to hear someone speak so frankly (read:strongly) about their own experience and the issues surrounding it.
Gets repetitive at the end but overall a pretty great read about conservative psychology. I know Dworkin's work has quite a reputation but don't knock it 'til you try it!
I'm 35% through with my library copy and am so impressed with it, that I am buying it to reread, mark up and use as a reference.
Both enlightening and depressing. Worth the read.
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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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“Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.' (Leviticus 18:22). That means simply that it is foul to do to other men what men habitually, proudly, manfully do to women: use them as inanimate, empty, concave things; fuck them into submission; subordinate them through sex.” 25 likes
“The accounts of rape, wife beating, forced childbearing, medical butchering, sex-motivated murder, forced prostitution, physical mutilation, sadistic psychological abuse, and other commonplaces of female experi
ence that are excavated from the past or given by contemporary survivors should leave the heart seared, the mind in anguish, the conscience in upheaval. But they do not. No matter how often these stories are told, with whatever clarity or eloquence, bitterness or sorrow, they might as well have been whispered in wind or written in sand: they disappear, as if they were nothing. The tellers and the stories are ignored or ridiculed, threatened back into silence or destroyed, and the experience of female suffering is buried in cultural invisibility and contempt… the very reality of abuse sustained by women, despite its overwhelming pervasiveness and constancy, is negated. It is negated in the transactions of everyday life, and it is negated in the history books, left out, and it is negated by those who claim to care about suffering but are blind to this suffering.

The problem, simply stated, is that one must believe in the existence of the person in order to recognize the authenticity of her suffering. Neither men nor women believe in the existence of women as significant beings. It is impossible to remember as real the suffering of someone who by definition has no legitimate claim to dignity or freedom, someone who is in fact viewed as some thing, an object or an absence. And if a woman, an individual woman multiplied by billions, does not believe in her own discrete existence and therefore cannot credit the authenticity of her own suffering, she is erased, canceled out, and the meaning of her life, whatever it is, whatever it might have been, is lost. This loss cannot be calculated or comprehended. It is vast and awful, and nothing will ever make up for it.”
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