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King Kong Theory

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  3,788 Ratings  ·  378 Reviews
With humor, rage, and confessional detail, Virginie Despentes--in her own words "more King Kong than Kate Moss"--delivers a highly charged account of women's lives today. She explodes common attitudes about sex and gender, and shows how modern beauty myths are ripe for rebelling against. Using her own experiences of rape, prostitution, and working in the porn industry as a ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Feminist Press (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
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Andrea Poulain
http://www.neapoulain.com/2018/02/cri...

El Dios en el que no creo sabe lo mucho que he cambiado de perspectiva desde la primera vez que leí Teoría King Kong y el día de hoy. Cambiaron muchas cosas dentro de mí. Me di cuenta de muchas cosas. Leí muchas cosas. Supongo que el mayor cambio entre el día de hoy y la primera vez que leí Teoría King Kong es que escuché hablar y leí una entrevista a Sonia Sánchez, ex prostituta que aboga por la abolición de la prostitución y leí a Florencia Guimaraes, tr
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Beatriz
Jan 11, 2016 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
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Teresa Proença
Virginie Despentes é uma escritora e cineasta francesa. Oriunda da classe média, desde muito jovem adoptou um modo de estar na vida que não corresponde aos padrões da mulher "ideal".
"Porque o ideal da mulher branca, sedutora sem ser puta, bem casada mas apagada, que trabalha mas sem fazer grande carreira, para não apoucar o seu homem, magra mas sem ser neurótica com a comida, que permanece sempre jovem sem se deixar desfigurar pelos cirurgiões de estética, mamã venturosa sem estar obcecada pelas
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Blake Nelson
Nov 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is the great punk rock/anarchist/feminist book that nobody could figure out how to write.

BUT NOW SOMEBODY HAS!

A French person wrote it of course because Americans are too prudish to let loose like Despentes does. This book kills it.
Pauline
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: essais
Important piece of feminism.
Lire Despentes me fait réaliser qu'en tant que femme, j'ai le droit d'être trash, vulgaire, de jurer, de ne pas être élégante. Et en tant qu'écrivain aussi. C'est la première fois que je lis un livre d'une femme qui s'en fiche à ce point de ce que pensent les hommes c'est hyper rafraîchissant. Ça fait du bien.
Arelis Uribe
Feb 19, 2016 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
Raquel
Feb 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Los primeros tres capítulos los subrayé con fruición. Me gustó mucho la forma en la que aborda la feminidad y cómo es un constructo social en el que dar cabida a todas las mujeres. Sin embargo, respecto a los episodios relativos a la prostitución y pornografía, me parecieron sesgados por su propia experiencia y no pude evitar compararlos con las reflexiones argumentadas y lúcidas de Ana de Miguel y su “Neoliberalismo Sexual: El mito de la libre elección”, un manual que considero básico para prof ...more
Emir Ibañez
Jun 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un libro de lectura obligada, que te vuela la cabeza. Desestructura el pensamiento colectivo sobre la violación, la prostutición y la pornografía. Definitivamente necesito leer más sobre esta mujer.
The Reading Bibliophile
A lire absolument, femmes et hommes, dès l'adolescence, peu importe leur orientation sexuelle !

C'est un livre fondamental et je vais envoyer un courrier à Mme Despentes pour lui suggérer d'écrire un "King Kong Theory 10 ans après" pour placer le débat dans nos sociétés post-attentats, après la déferlante du #metoo libérateur et du #balancetonporc délateur, à l'heure où une agression sexuelle de masse est possible au coeur de l'Europe démocratique (Saint-Sylvestre 2015) et où des attaques islami
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Ninon
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporain
Un essai avec lequel je ne pouvais pas être plus d'accord !
C'est un texte qui parlera a toutes ces femmes qui sont souvent confrontées aux discours masculins et féminins qui leur dictent quoi faire, quoi dire ou comment se comporter pour être une "vraie" femme ou encore faire partie de ces personnes "respectables" qui "méritent" les bonnes grâces de la société. Virginie Despentes aborde avec justesse cette dichotomie nauséabonde de femme respectable / femme qui ne l'est pas que l'on retrouve da
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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
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Amélie
Mar 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, france, non-fiction
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
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Lucas Corso
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Como diría la señora Despentes: BUENA MIERDA.

Me acerqué al libro cauteloso (soy hombre blanco, heterosexual y occidental). Tan cauteloso que antes de empezarlo (lo tenía mi mujer en la mesita de noche) me leí las últimas dos páginas.

Supongo que no lo sabía, pero tras la lectura de este -ÁGIL, FUNDAMENTADO, BRUTAL, ILUSTRATIVO, DESCARNADO, AMENO- volumen se confirma que al final voy resultar ser un feminista radical.

Cosas de la vida.
Laëtitia
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Le féminisme est une aventure collective, pour les femmes, pour les hommes, et pour les autres. Une révolution, bien en marche. Une vision du monde, un choix."

Quelle claque ce petit livre de Virginie Despentes qui a tant résonné en moi. Cette lecture m'a à la fois réjouie et mise en colère car j'ai pris conscience que depuis la publication de son livre en 2006 rien n'avait fondamentalement changé.

12 ans plus tard, les femmes (et les hommes) sont toujours essentialisé.e.s. Quand est-ce que les
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Ana Rilo
Feb 07, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
Veamos, el libro es reivindicativo, vale, está bien. Es muy agresivo y de gritar “¡abajo el patriarcado!” Hay cosas que comparto… y cosas que no comparto en absoluto o, más bien, no sé si comparto porque es tan poco o nada lo que verdaderamente dice que es difícil de saber. Y ese es el gran contra para mí: es muy individualista y no trata los temas en profundidad, se queda con “lo fácil”, no va a la raíz de los problemas, sino que se queda con el eslogan de turno.

[...]

El resumen es… que me esper
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Jules
Jul 22, 2010 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
Adriana Scarpin
Como cinéfila, bibliófila e feminista, considero Despentes uma voz fundamental para o feminismo do século XXI, pelo menos o feminismo que não flerta com o conservadorismo. Neste livro biográfico com vastas colheradas de filosofia feminista, além de ser um libelo à condição da mulher é uma parte importantíssima para o entendimento estético e político para a obra cinematográfica e literária de Despentes.
Na primeira parte, Eu te fodo ou você me fode, Despentes discorre sobre o estar à margem do que
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Misarweth
- 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
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Sabrine
Jan 11, 2016 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
Mientras Leo
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un libro necesario que se nota escrito desde la rabia. Es imposible coincidir en todo lo que se dice en un libro, pero en este caso, incluso en las partes que uno puede ser divergente, comprende la posición y lo que quiere decir.
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Malex
Oh bordel de bordel. Ce livre est merveilleux.
Ana Rilo
Veamos, el libro es reivindicativo, vale, está bien. Es muy agresivo y de gritar “¡abajo el patriarcado!” Hay cosas que comparto… y cosas que no comparto en absoluto o, más bien, no sé si comparto porque es tan poco o nada lo que verdaderamente dice que es difícil de saber. Y ese es el gran contra para mí: es muy individualista y no trata los temas en profundidad, se queda con “lo fácil”, no va a la raíz de los problemas, sino que se queda con el eslogan de turno.

[...]

El resumen es… que me esper
...more
Nicki Hill
Jun 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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:
"
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Miguel López del Pueyo
Madredelamorhermoso, me peta la cabeza. Qué incomodidad de libro, qué necesario, qué basto, qué vasto, qué bien.
Natalie
One hundred sixty pages that blew my mind. I stayed up all night to finish this.
Rachel
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Finished this a few days ago and have been letting it marinate. I appreciated this slim book of punk feminist theory, even though I didn't always agree with her conclusions. I think she has a tendency to generalize based on her own anecdotal experiences and that her view can be a bit narrow even as she criticizes mainstream society for generalizing and pigeonholing women. But I also think her perspective is very valuable. She challenges the status quo, and what more can you ask for?
Camille
Nov 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un livre en forme de brûlot, dans lequel l'auteure explore les différentes facettes du féminisme pro-sexe à travers sa propre expérience de la féminité.

Son analyse, en particulier, du viol et de ses conséquences, est excellente : Despentes souligne avec rage l'injonction qui est faite aux filles de se résigner au viol, de ne pas attaquer, et de ne pas avoir recours à la violence, même pour se venger. De même, elle étudie finement les mécanismes de culpabilisation post-viol, comme une manière, p
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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
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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
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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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“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.” 31 likes
“Porque el ideal de la mujer blanca, seductora pero no puta, bien casada pero no a la sombra, que trabaja pero sin demasiado éxito para no aplastar a su hombre, delgada pero no obsesionada con la alimentación, que parece indefinidamente joven pero sin dejarse desfigurar por la cirugía estética, madre realizada pero no desbordada por los pañales y por las tareas del colegio, buen ama de casa pero no sirvienta, cultivada pero menos que un hombre, esta mujer blanca, feliz que nos ponen delante de los ojos, esa a la que deberíamos hacer el esfuerzo de parecernos (...) nunca me la he encontrado en ninguna parte. Es posible incluso que no exista.” 9 likes
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