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King Kong Girl

4.05  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,348 Ratings  ·  117 Reviews
In questo libro si parla di stupro, di prostituzione, di pornografia, di sesso e non solo in modo astratto. Si respirano dolori, ferite, sconfitte personali. Partendo dalla propria esperienza di ex prostituta, di donna stuprata, di regista di film porno, la Despentes passa dall'asprezza dell'invettiva alla tenerezza dei ricordi. E scrivendo con verità e con stile delle don ...more
Paperback, Stile Libero Extra, 124 pages
Published 2007 by Einaudi (first published 2006)
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Tim Pendry
(I am reviewing the English Edition, published by Serpent's Tail, rather than the French Edition)

Let's get the negatives out of the way quickly because this is an important little book that might have got the honour of five stars if its faults had been more sincerely addressed by its Editors.

It has three spectacularly interesting chapters on rape, prostitution and pornography that would have made excellent articles in, say, Prospect or some other intelligent monthly. Yet these sit oddly between
Blake Nelson
Dec 01, 2013 Blake Nelson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the great punk rock/anarchist/feminist book that nobody could figure out how to write.


A French person wrote it of course because Americans are too prudish to let loose like Despentes does. This book kills it.
Apr 01, 2016 Amélie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, france, 2016
Souvent, les choses sont exactement le contraire de ce qu'on nous dit qu'elles sont, c'est bien pourquoi on nous les répète avec tant d'insistance et de brutalité. (p. 92)

Depuis le jugement Ghomeshi, je suis enfoncée dans une espèce de marasme. J'étais en voiture quand j'ai entendu le verdict, & les détails, & les entrevues qui ont suivi ; il tombait de la grêle sur la 401 & nous revenions de Toronto. J'ai commencé à pleurer. Ce n'est pas que je ne m'y attendais pas. C'est que je m'y
Louise Beilby
Argh. I'm not sure where to start with this. I suppose the first thing to say is that I do not agree with the majority of what Virginie Despentes writes here. I am opposed to the sex industry and think that this shallow and self-centred diatribe conveniently ignores the basis of anti-sex-work arguments in favour of casting slurs on other women.

My main objection to her theorising is that she casts "anti-porn" feminists as frustrated, middle-aged wives who fear that the legalisation of prostitutio
- Un essai.
- Mmh?
- Un essai sur les femmes.
- Oui?
- Un essai virulent sur les femmes.
- Certes.
- Un essai virulent sur les femmes, leur sexe et le monde.
- Mais encore?
- Un essai virulent sur les femmes, leur sexe et le monde, écrit par une femme.
- Et?
- Un essai virulent sur les femmes, leur sexe et le monde, écrit par une femme, qui parle entre autres de la prostitution, du viol et des films pornos.
- Ah oui...
- Un essai virulent sur les femmes, leur sexe et le monde, écrit par une femme, qui parl
Nicki Hill
Jun 17, 2010 Nicki Hill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
okay. this book was amazing. despentes is a bold, intelligent writer. it's a short book, but it is biting. basically it is 137 pages of fabulous sound bites. i find myself wanting to quote her all day all the time. she chronicles her own very personal life and fits it to her own definition of feminism. she deconstructs every faucet of western society. she questions the greats, even de Beauvoir, which is sort of awesome. i will re-read this. here is a quote, in which she references her own rape:
Jan 25, 2016 Beatriz rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Beatriz by: Barbijaputa
El libro es corto y hay que coger algunas reflexiones con pinzas, la verdad (porque es sólo eso, reflexiones personales de una francesa punk anarquista de familia perteneciente a la clase media).

Como un punto de vista nuevo sobre el feminismo (para mí, claro), me ha parecido la mar de interesante. Me gustaba como comenzaba los capítulos, dando contexto, pero de daba la impresión de que los termina cagándose en la madre que parió a todo el mundo y demostrando lo cabreada que está con el mundo, e
Arolas Uribe
Feb 22, 2016 Arolas Uribe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Virgine Despentes escribe la raja. Y Beatriz Preciado la tradujo muy bien. En este libro, que cruza ensayo, crónica y autobiografía, Despentes narra, con una valentía y honestidad impresionantes, que la violaron, que fue prostituta, que le encanta el porno. Y no lo expone por voyerista, sino para teorizar respecto de los roles culturales asignados a hombres y mujeres. Se sirve de la fuerza de la experiencia para validar la teoría. Y funciona. Me encanta esa mezcla. El libro abre con una especie ...more
Audacia Ray
I like Despentes' directness, anger, and energy. She's unapologetic and ferocious, which are excellent qualities in a writer, and she's unafraid to bring personal messiness into her arguments about feminism.

The three chapters on rape, prostitution, and porn are direct and interesting, though not original arguments. The writing is engaging and it's worth repeating that she's fierce.

Throughout the book, I found myself wondering if Despentes was delivering a critique of oppositional sexism or contr
Jan 15, 2016 Sabrine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
King Kong Théorie est une petite bombe à retardement. Au départ, je me suis dit que je ne pouvais pas penser comme elle, que ses réflexions étaient trop personnelles, que sa réalité n'était pas la même pour toutes. Puis le tic tac de la bombe s'est intensifié et j'ai compris que son texte me faisait réfléchir comme jamais sur des sujets délicats mais pourtant importants, du sexe à la prostitution, du viol à la pornographie. Et je me rends compte que nous nous jugeons toutes trop vite, trop fort, ...more
One hundred sixty pages that blew my mind. I stayed up all night to finish this.
Jul 22, 2010 Jules rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading about her personal experiences, but none of the concepts she extrapolated from them were particularly enlightening. Her opinions about rape survivors are juvenile, rudimentary at best; similarly, her thoughts on pornography and prostitution are naive - all she seems to argue is that they aren't *inherently* degrading. There's much more to it than that. She barely acknowledges how traumatizing the aforementioned industries are to the women who are a part of it - i.e. exploited p ...more
Mylène Brunet
Je ne suis pas en accord avec tout ce qui est dit dans ce livre, mais une chose est certaine c'est que ça bouscule les idées reçues et que ça donne à penser autrement. Je peux rarement dire ça d'un livre, alors ça mérite amplement ces 5 étoiles. Despentes donne dans tout sauf le politiquement correct. Faut vraiment pas s'attendre à être flattée dans le sens du poil, que vous soyez féministe ou non. Son regard est sans complaisance, ni pour elle-même, ni pour les autres. Ça a eu sur moi un effet ...more
I really loved this. Despentes is fierce and unapologetic, and I found myself agreeing with a lot of what she had to say. I didn't fully agree with her arguments regarding porn, however, which seemed too simplistic. She seemed to be arguing against the anti-porn movement as it is from a prudish / conservative standpoint as opposed to tackling it from the perspective of many feminists who are bothered by much more than the mere fact that women are taking off their clothes. She seems to recognize ...more
Bisbar Rafa
Nov 02, 2015 Bisbar Rafa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Se quieren entre hombres. Se follan unos a otros a través de las mujeres, muchos de ellos piensan en sus amigos mientras la meten en un coño. Se miran a sí mismos en el cine, se dan los mejores papeles, se sienten potentes, fanfarronean, alucinan de ser tan fuertes, tan guapos y de tener tanto valor. Escriben unos para otros, se felicitan mutuamente, se apoyan. Tienen razón. Pero de tanto escucharles quejarse de que las mujeres no follan bastante, de que no les gusta tanto el sexo como haría fa ...more
Kirat Kaur
A disappointing read. Despentes makes so many sweeping unsubstantiated statements that, because they go unexplained, has the effect of rendering the text with a manifesto-like sensationalist ethos, that does very little to advance any kind of understanding about anything. The strongest sections are the ones in which she discusses her personal experiences with sexual violence and sex work, but even there, a lot of generalisations are made about how women respond to these things, which i feel does ...more
Unapologetic and engaging writing, this is definitely a favourite feminist text.
Krista Danis
Mar 08, 2011 Krista Danis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
King Kong theory is like a more mature (and French) Scum Manifesto. It is clear that Virginie Despentes is extremely intelligent, thoughtful, and rational. She knows how to translate her anger into theory, speaking the language of a blended punk academic feminism. Despentes refuses to adhere to scholarly apologies and sterility, a characteristic that some reviewers found inappropriate. Alternatively, I appreciated her inattentiveness to boring PC language patterns as modes of distraction and man ...more
Feb 04, 2009 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was 70% through this highly entertaining book, when I left it at my hairdresser's, all the way across town. Doh! She distracted me with chit-chat about the Mary Jane Girls. Anyway, a very interesting take on the post-70s sexual revolution in France. Evidently, all manner of anti-this anti-that legislation was promulgated by Giscard d'Estaing. VD is more famous for the novel on which Catherine Breillat's Baise-moi was based. I actually don't like CB's stuff all that much, it's too caught up in ...more
May 10, 2009 Kirsi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pamfletit
Kirjan alkuperäinen nimi suoraan suomennettuna on King Kong -teoria. Suomennokseen oli valittu tytöttely nimi, josta en yhtä paljon pitänyt.

Despentesin positiivisesta asenteesta pornografiaan ja prostuutioon puhutaan mielestäni aivan liian provokatiivisesti. Kirjassaan Despentes ajaa tasa-arvoista, kaikkia osapuolia kunnioittavaa pornografiaa ja omaan valintaan perustuvaa prostituutiota toisten riistämisen sijasta.

Yleisesti ottaen kirjassa käsitellyt aiheet ovat globaaleja, mutta ihan kaikkia ki
k reads
Interesting but ultimately disappointing. This is more of a rant based on the author's own personal experiences. It could have used some deeper insight.
If I got to talk to the author at a party I would walk away thinking, Wow! What a fascinating person but as a book, well, there’s just not enough there there.
This is not a boring read and it’s certainly a quick read, being so short but I would have liked more substance.
Despite my two star rating, I would’t discourage anyone from reading it. I th
Myriame Alioualla
Mar 13, 2016 Myriame Alioualla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't find this book revolutionary nor life-changing. But the truth is.. it gives you a little insight into gender roles and rights in contemporary society without it being too agressive nor too philosophical. It's a practical reminder of today's inequalities between men and women through the prism of freedom and perception.
Oliver Bateman
Oct 29, 2015 Oliver Bateman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
pretty great against-the-grain essays on feminism from despentes, a controversial figure on account of her 2000 film baise-moi. despentes' strongest and most objectionable point (to some, anyway) is the claim that rape should be neither feared nor avoided: women should not let it dictate the course of their lives or the things that they do. in other words, lives must be lived not outside of gender or in spite of it, but because to do otherwise would be to let terror and convention win. there's m ...more
Mar 11, 2013 Rainbowgirl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
King Kong Théorie n'est pas un roman mais un essai féministe, du genre de féminisme que j'aime le mieux : celui qui n'oublie pas les hommes, qu'il n'y a pas que la femme qu'on enferme un rôle. Bien sûr, ça parle davantage des femmes parce que Virginie Despentes se base sur son vécu, mais pas que. On y retrouve en condensé tout ce qu'évoquaient ses romans et plus encore, avec cette énergie qui se revendique punk-rock et qui refuse le statut de victime consentante. Il y a de la rage mais jamais av ...more
Lidia Guerra
Sep 22, 2015 Lidia Guerra rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Es importante leer puntos de vista e ideas nuevas que nunca se imaginaron.
Algunos temas a mi parecer se quedan cortos, inconclusos.
Hablar desde la experiencia es válido e enriquecedor, habrá que conocer más el contexto de estas experiencias que no necesariamente son compatibles con otras realidades como las de Latinoamérica.
Ardilla Azul
Mar 11, 2015 Ardilla Azul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A lo mejor lo sobrevaloro porque es uno de esos libros que llegan justo cuando deben llegar, "como caídos del cielo". Pero realmente me gustó mucho, porque fue la respuesta a una serie de cuestionamientos que me estaban taladrando el cerebro desde hace un tiempo.

Bueno,no fue LA respuesta. Pero me hizo sentir mejor conmigo misma y acompañada. Brinda mucho alivio saber que no eres la rarita del cuento y que no eres una lunática. Alguien más ha observado las mismas situaciones que tú y les trata de
Karely Madrigal camacho
Fue un buen libro con reflexiones de la autora hacía ciertos temas pero es precisamente la manera en que lo hace con esa fuerza que lo grita lo que más me ha encantado sobre todo los últimos dos capítulos que me hicieron ponerle 4 estrellas.
El Niño
Apr 03, 2016 El Niño rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
¿Sabéis ese libro que os hace replantearos si la nota que le pusiste a los anteriores fue pasarse? Pues Teoría King Kong es uno de ellos.
Célia Deiana
Apr 24, 2016 Célia Deiana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Juste complètement indispensable. Un une grosse claque dans la gueule.
Jan 26, 2015 Lilie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Punaise, il faut lire ce livre!!
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Virginie Despentes is a French writer, novelist and filmmaker, born in Nancy, Meurthe-et-Moselle. Her most famous novel, and film of the same name is Baise-moi, a contemporary example of the exploitation films genre known as rape and revenge films. Her most recent biographical, non-fiction work, King Kong Theory has also been translated into English, and recounts her experiences working within the ...more
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