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Last Days at Hot Slit: The Radical Feminism of Andrea Dworkin

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Selections from the work of radical feminist author Andrea Dworkin, famous for her antipornography stance and role in the feminist sex wars of the 1980s.

Radical feminist author Andrea Dworkin was a caricature of misandrist extremism in the popular imagination and a polarizing figure within the women's movement, infamous for her antipornography stance and her role in the fe
Paperback, 408 pages
Published February 26th 2019 by Semiotext(e) (first published February 8th 2019)
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Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Content Note: This review contains mention of many kinds of abuse of women that I won't specifically list for worry of leaving something out as well as suicide.

I couldn't write a review without an analysis of Andrea Dworkin and everything that has developed since her contributions to the world. Dworkin is one of the most passionate, honest, and brave writers I have ever read. I had to take my time reading this book even though Dworkin's writing sucks me in. The book is extremely intense with lot
May 01, 2022 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

درکین دشمنِ چندتایی چیز بد بود. از آن طرف اما با هرچه چیز خوب هست هم سر دشمنی داشت

در ایدئولوژی فمینیسم خوشبختی زنان و رضایتشان از زندگی هیچ محلی از اعراب ندارد
"I think that men will have to give up their precious erections and begin to make love as women do together."

ایدئولوژی زن‌ستیز ترنس از زیر عبای فمینیسم بیرون آمده
"Androgynous mythology provides us with a model which does not use polar role definitions, where the definitions are not, implicitly or explicitly, male = good, female= bad, man =
Tenacious, ferocious, exhausting, brazen, grim, provoking, lucid, lurid, stirring, dogmatic, painful, artful, riveting, boom: I'm here for Dworkin's writing, and this is a fine assortment of it, ranging from letters to her parents to excerpts from unpublished essays and novels, along with well-chosen selections from her most infamous texts. There is much to appreciate in this body of work, and plenty to object to as well. She was a force--her audacious fearlessness necessarily covering over an i ...more
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: political
Might start recommending this as a starter to Dworkin. It has bits and pieces of all of her work, speeches, fiction, and a previously unpublished essay My Suicide. I wish so badly things had gone differently. This collection is a much more multifaceted look at Dworkin instead of the different one-dimensional representations she is presented as in different places. A complicated woman.
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Please let me die.
Esther Friedlander
Jan 16, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Andrea Dworkin was one of the most powerful writers of the 20th century, maybe ever. There is no way to describe the way she writes. It is so powerful and so painful. She speaks to me like no one else can.

This is a wonderful selection of her work. So happy to see her "I Want A Twenty-Four Hour Truce During Which There Is No Rape" speech included. Underappreciated and absolutely phenomenal speech. Also loved the inclusion of the androgyny chapter of Woman Hating. Fateman and Scholder did a wonde
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a harsh book to read! OMG. I read it pretty quickly though--it's immersive and honestly not the type of book I wanted to linger over. I'm sort of fascinated with Andrea Dworkin, but not in the sense that I would espouse her beliefs, or agree with (most of) the things she says. The subtitle on this book says "The Radical Feminism of Andrea Dworkin"--but she doesn't actually get into her thoughts about trans women, and I think she was a radical feminist in the original sense of taking her ...more
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“Men of the Right and men of the Left have an undying allegiance to prostitution as such, regardless of their theoretical relationship to marriage. The Left sees the prostitute as the free, public woman of sex, exciting because she flaunts it, because of her brazen availability. The Right sees in the prostitute the power of the bad woman of sex, the male's use of her being his dirty little secret. The old pornography industry was a right-wing industry: secret money, secret sin, secret sex, secre ...more
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have read all of her books (in fact I used to use some of them in my Women's Studies classes) and since this is a compilation of her work, I consider that I have read it. ...more
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Last summer, I picked up the new Andrea Dworkin essay collection Last Days at Hot Slit (2019) and was surprised to find my alma mater featured.

In a speech Dworkin gave in New York in 1975, titled “The Rape Atrocity and the Boy Next Door,” she describes a gang-rape that happened at Notre Dame in 1974, offering it as one of many examples of how male-founded and male-controlled institutions (such as the university and the justice system) are ultimately loyal to male interests.

“The girl” Hesburgh re
Darn Arckerman
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
25th birthday present from a great friend, only got to read it late in the year. I love the Dworkinite community. Andrea-heads will pass around a book like this like the sacred text in a Brecht play, and it doesn't always read like a revelation, but I do always feel like I'm keeping some important strange little part of the world alive. It's so common in these circles to project a personal relationship onto this author, and this anthology's editor Johanna Fateman makes it even easier by slipping ...more
Reana Kovalcik
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great Dworkin primer, anthology, that allows her to be at once human, feminist, female, writer, poet, and artist. This compilation explores the depth and breadth of her work in a way that puts the "never read her but know we oppose her" critics to shame. Well organized and an excellent introduction by the editors. ...more
May 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
In Last Days at Hot Slit, editors Johanna Fateman and Amy Scholder present excerpts from the work of feminist Andrea Dworkin, well-known in the 1970s-90s for her outspokenness against rape and her strong anti-pornography and anti-prostitution views. Dworkin, a battered woman and victim of rape herself, was audacious and uncompromising in speaking out against the patriarchal systems that tacitly condone violence against women and treat them as second-class humans. Dworkin is challenging and probl ...more
Ryan Coleman
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
one of the best writers I have ever read. Andrea Dworkin's prose is incendiary. Clear as glass and just as cutting. she wrote about her own style in "My Life as a Writer," published in 1999:

"I'd like to take what I know and just hand it over. But there is always a problem for a woman: being believed. How can I think I know something? How can I think that what I know might matter? Why would I think that anything I think might make a difference, to anyone, anywhere? My only chance to be believed i
Melissa Stacy
Published in 2019, "Last Days at Hot Slit: The Radical Feminism of Andrea Dworkin," is a deeply compelling selection of the published and unpublished work of the feminist author and activist Andrea Dworkin.

Edited by Johanna Fateman and Amy Scholder, Ms. Fateman's introduction is also quite excellent.

I was astonished that the book even received a positive review in "The New York Times" -- which I'll link here, for those interested --


This is the fourth book
Amy Layton
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh man ohhhhhhh man.  As I'm sure many of you know, I love Andrea Dworkin.  I spent the past year reading through all of her non-fiction (InterLibrary Loan became my best friend) and to reread some of her most cited works as well as a brand new essay ("My Suicide") was absolutely and utterly enchanting.  And, now that I've read all of her works, to know just when in her life and politics these works are contextualized made this read much more edifying.  

With a well thought out introduction writt
Pop-culture critics of Andrea Dworkin characterize her as an intercourse-loathing man hater remind me of my pre-teen. When I admonish them, even in the most delicate of terms, they protest preposterously with shill variations of “you don’t love me,” as if loving them meant letting them do whatever the hell they want. However it’s in holding them accountable, in saying “no” in the laborious effort to form them into a decent human being that you in fact show your love. You can see a potential in t ...more
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
While much of the rest of the book was either too absolutist (this book is not the place to find nuanced analysis), or borderline unreadable (there is literally a 30+ page chapter that is one giant paragraph), the chapter on Nicole Brown Simpson was written with such devastating clarity that I heartily recommend this book.
Esther Huntington-Whiteley
I’m not clever enough to understand this
Sarah Paolantonio
Aug 27, 2019 rated it liked it
The cover and title caught my eye. Then the words "radical feminism" made me pick it up. I read a piece about her in The New Yorker my link text so Dworkin was lodged in my brain somewhere.

I was most interested by the introduction, which goes into detail about her life, her life's work, and why this collection was being put together. She lived a complicated, fascinating life. We were both born in Camden, NJ which intrigued me on a personal level.

I did not finish reading Last Days at Hot Slit.
Angelina Muller
Apr 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
CW: Violence against women, abuse, sexism, racism, (graphic) rape, sexual assault, suicide, domestic abuse, alcoholism, animal abuse, drug use & addiction, mentions of the Holocaust, murder, pedophilia, incest

I would like to warn anyone before they read this book of the very graphic depictions of rape written in it, as well as graphic descriptions of violence done to women. Dworkin purposefully talks about it crudely because she does not want to lighten the topic or make it seem less horrible t
baby's first dworkin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! big things happening for sex negativity this year i reckon

a selection of excerpts of dworkin's major critical works + novels, with an excellent introduction from fateman and scholder. this book chewed me up and spat me out and i loved every second of it. dworkin writes with an avenging force that i find vvvv difficult to resist. why can't all political writing be this readable??? certainly some of the comparisons she draws (e.g. endemicity of domestic violenc
Emma Ratshin
May 19, 2022 rated it really liked it
this is an exquisitely edited collection of some incredibly important works of radical feminist theory. andrea dworkin has been (imo) unfairly caricaturized as the prototypical man-hating lesbian feminist, and this book challenged my preconceptions about her work and what it represents. most troubling to me is how transphobic “radical feminists” have marshaled her ideas out of context in support of their hate project, when dworkin was a dedicated trans ally and would be disgusted with her name b ...more
While I vehemently disagree with Dworkin on some race, gender, and sex work issues she's far more nuanced than critics would have you believe. I went in skeptical and ready for the worst but finished up the audiobook feeling devastated. & for someone said to be anti-sex she clearly seems to be pro-sex as long as it's not exploitative and/or coerced. ...more
Feb 21, 2022 rated it liked it
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mark propp
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
the early writings, which were mostly unfamiliar to me, feel a bit unfocused and rambling, which is the way it ought to be, i guess.

i didn't find the excerpt from the israel book all that compelling, tbh, but otherwise i found reading this as illuminating and maddening as all the other stuff of hers that i've gone through.

Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was a really hard book to read but amazing and broke apart all of the assumptions and preconceived notions I had about Andrea Dworkin. There are a ton of really good reviews that say what I feel so I won’t try to copy. Great for someone wanting to get a taste of her writing.
Dina Alexander
May 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A powerful must-read for anyone who considers themselves a feminist. Andrea Dworkin gets right to the heart of matter without mincing words, but expertly slices and dices the actions and words of politicians, male bullies, and pornographers.
May 14, 2022 rated it it was amazing
It's so nice to have a carefully curated selection of Andrea's unflinching, unapologetic, feminist work in one place! The editors did a great job with their selection. Love to pick this up and read a chapter when I'm craving some Dworkin. ...more
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Intense and difficult to read. Given her background, it's no wonder she had such strong anti-porn and to some extent anti-sex views. Many passages resonate. ...more
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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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