Pornography

Andrea Dworkin, Author
Andrea Dworkin, Author Plume Books $9.95 (300p) ISBN 978-0-525-48517-9
Reviewed on: 11/28/1989
Release date: 12/01/1989
This strongly argued feminist case against pornography stirred tremendous controversy when first published in 1979, and has lost none of its bite during its several years out of print. Dworkin ( Letters from a War Zone ), who lobbies for municipal statutes declaring pornography a violation of women's civil rights, insists that pornography links sex and violence by incorporating violent domination of women as a key element of sexual fantasy: ``Force in high-class pornography is romanticized . . . as if it were dance.'' Dworkin also takes what many consider to be an extreme position; she believes that pornography incites men to sexual violence. To support her thesis, she draws parallels between the life and writings of the Marquis de Sade and provides critical summaries of several contemporary pornographic works. Dworkin's style is intense, vivid and eloquent, infused with a sense of urgency. (Oct.)
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