Friday, April 15, 2005

Intelligent, furious women

Andrea Dworkin ought to be the patron saint of fiercely intelligent, creative, furious women everywhere. [...] Andrea Dworkin, Adrienne Rich, Audre Lorde, Catharine MacKinnon, Virginia Woolf, Mary Daly, Alice Walker, Germaine Greer, Marilyn Frye: these are the writers who nurtured my radical feminism. I had no plan for reading, and I wasn't reading these writers in school (except for Frye and MacKinnon, later) - I simply read what I found. Dworkin taught me who to read and how to write; I've always admired her aggressive prose and her willingness to speak truths most wouldn't countenance. Read in one light, her words sound like hyperbole. She was a skillful rhetorician. But tilt your head and adjust the lamp, and her words read like bald-scrubbed truth, terrifying. [more]

Sappho's Breathing honours Andrea Dworkin much better than I am able.


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