Virginie Despentes


Born
in Nancy, France
June 13, 1969


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 French sex industry, and attendant infamy and praise associated with the aforementioned Baise-Moi.

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King Kong Theorie

4.05 avg rating — 4,726 ratings — published 2006 — 37 editions
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Vernon Subutex, 1 (Vernon S...

3.87 avg rating — 3,086 ratings — published 2015 — 33 editions
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Baise-Moi

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Apocalypse Bébé

3.61 avg rating — 1,075 ratings — published 2010 — 31 editions
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Vernon Subutex 3 (Vernon Su...

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Bye Bye Blondie

3.76 avg rating — 497 ratings — published 2004 — 13 editions
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Les jolies choses

3.43 avg rating — 405 ratings — published 1998 — 16 editions
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Teen Spirit

3.29 avg rating — 251 ratings — published 2002 — 8 editions
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Les chiennes savantes

3.60 avg rating — 231 ratings — published 1996 — 14 editions
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“Consuming pornography does not lead to more sex, it leads to more porn. Much like eating McDonalds everyday will accustom you to food that (although enjoyable) is essentially not food, pornography conditions the consumer to being satisfied with an impression of extreme sex rather than the real.”
Virginie Despentes

“In much the same way, motherhood has become the essential female experience, valued above all others: giving life is where it's at. "Pro-maternity" propaganda has rarely been so extreme. They must be joking, the modern equivalent of the double constraint: "Have babies, it's wonderful, you'll feel more fulfilled and feminine than ever," but do it in a society in freefall in which waged work is a condition of social survival but guaranteed to no one, and especially not to women. Give birth in cities where accommodation is precarious, schools have surrendered the fight and children are subject to the most vicious mental assault through advertising, TV, internet, fizzy drink manufacturers and so on. Without children you will never be fulfilled as a woman, but bringing up kids in decent conditions is almost impossible.”
Virginie Despentes, King Kong Theorie

“Whatever we do, someone is going to take the time to say it's shit.”
Virginie Despentes



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