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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 feminist sex wars of the 1980s. She still looms large in feminist demands for sexual freedom, evoked as a censorial demagogue, more than a decade after her death. Among the very first writers to use her own experiences of rape and battery in a revolutionary analysis of male supremacy, Dworkin was a philosopher outside and against the academy who wrote with a singular, apocalyptic urgency. 

Last Days at Hot Slit brings together selections from Dworkin's work, both fiction and nonfiction, with the aim of putting the contentious positions she's best known for in dialogue with her literary oeuvre. The collection charts her path from the militant primer Woman Hating (1974), to the formally complex polemics of Pornography (1979) and Intercourse (1987) and the raw experimentalism of her final novel Mercy (1990). It also includes “Goodbye to All This” (1983), a scathing chapter from an unpublished manuscript that calls out her feminist adversaries, and “My Suicide” (1999), a despairing long-form essay found on her hard drive after her death in 2005.

©2019 Estate of Andrea Dworkin - This edition Semiotext(e) 2018 (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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On Feminism (not the fun kind)

This is an impressive collection of excerpts from the writings of Andrea Dworkin. Not an easy listen, but her writings were never intended to be read at a leisure. She was a radical feminist, not the fun kind. This book deals with the heavy topics of women's oppression such as rape, porn, prostitution, domestic violence. This audio-book can be listened to as an intro into the feminism of Dworkin, or as an overview of it. The narration is absolutely brilliant. I highly recommend it to everyone wanting to learn what the real feminism is all about about.

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  • 02-04-20

Almost perfect reading

The writing is fierce and powerful. I give the narrator the highest marks: she does an amazing job communicating the passion, pain, and intensity of the brilliant Dworkin.

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