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Product Details

  • Paperback: 255 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Trade (February 15, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399506713
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399506710
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,502,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By H. Chase on February 20, 2011
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I think it is interesting that a few reviewers of this book cast the insult "hysterical" and "over emotional" at Dworkin without any sense of irony -- for hundreds of years women's thoughts and philosophical treatments have been dismissed as unserious by labeling them "emotional", as though the Declaration of Independence, the Wealth of Nations, and anything by Thomas Paine were not also written with passion. But this is a work by a woman, and thus it goes...

This work is very important in understanding the experience and motivation of women like Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachman, Anne Coulter, and other right wing women who attack feminism even while they are the beneficiaries of its work. Unfortunately, I think this book is going to become even more relevant in the coming years, and so I recommend it to all women -- particularly Republican/conservative women -- and encourage its reading with a subjective introspective view.
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50 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Shawna Mickelson on February 12, 2001
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What's in it for them? Here is Andrea Dworkin to tell you in superb detail exactly why right-wing women stand against their sisters. She explains with in-your-face language how the right has managed to be highly successful in opposing women's rights. Dworkin pulls no punches and will never apologize for telling it like it is. This book is incredibly inspiring and significant.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer F Armstrong on October 18, 2007
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This book shows how many women failed to escape patriarchal discipline, which trapped them in its nets despite their feeling that they were rebelling. It is an indictment on a society in which many women are only educated to high school level, and barely have the theoretical backgrounds which would enable them to escape the nets of patriarchal power over them. Dworkin supplies us with the theoretical background for a deeper understanding of patriarchy -- and for an understanding that has historically been missing.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 14, 2012
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Perhaps because of her basic feeling of solidarity with all other women---or at least the strong need to _believe_ that that's what she feels---Ms Dworkin here goes much more deeply into possible _reasons_ other women do not believe as she that are not simply "they're oppressed".

Instead, she analyses what the world looks like to these women. She holds that they have been made to believe that all men are basically uncivilised louts whose only use for women is sexual, and will abandon and/or mistreat them unless restrained by the Government's, or better yet, a powerful church's, enforcing rigid sex-roles. As such, any threat to those authoritarian institutions and to these rigid roles, which have produced something like a safe harbour for women, is considered threatening.

Similarly, anything threatening a married woman's sole source of power---her sexual monopoly on her husband---is extremely threatening, be it masturbation/pornography, homosexuality, or heterosexual sex outside of marriage.

You may well disagree with her analysis of these women and of the world in which they live, and of world as they perceive it. (I, a man, certainly hope I am not as these women---or, for that matter, Ms Dworkin---think me.) But what stands out for me is that she constructs her model of these women as rational beings doing the best they can in a world as they understand it. This is exceptional within her usual discourse, which usually doesn't go much beyond 'brainwashed by patriarchy'; I think she shows admirable respect for these women and their agency and that they are acting in good faith, misguided as she thinks they are.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Anatjethierry on October 12, 2008
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We need more books on this subject...and a study of today's elitist pseudo-liberals/progressives is also needed. Where did all the feminists go?
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