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Right Wing Women Paperback – February 15, 1983

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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: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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I have only read the first 23 pages, but I get a strong feel for where Dworkin is going. I cannot wait!
She appears to dissect a prevailing, therefore nearly "invisible" male ideology imposed by physical force on women and thereafter enforced by most institutions at every turn.
Memes, in the main, work at the Pavlovian level. But where and when questioned, challenged, and critiqued by critical thinkers or those who *suffer* under this (or any) arbitrary "thought regime," the coercive force of institutions and those who benefit from its rules, immediately rise to sanction the "heretic."
Other thinkers in recent times from Lawrence Dennis to Alice Miller to Noam Chomsky address the near-invisible--because culturally widespread (and thus, "normal")--covert coerciveness that emanates from our culture & its institutions and its tragic effects on individuals. In Dworkin's case, women, as a monolithic gender.
I have forwarded a review of this book to my daughter. I hope to God she reads it.
Dworkin's thoughtful book will be with us for decades to come.
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Andrea Rita Dworkin (1946-2005) was an American radical feminist and writer, as well as anti-war activist and anarchist in the 1960s, best known for her criticism of pornography; she was married to John Stoltenberg. She wrote many books, such as Pornography: Men Possessing Women, Our Blood, Woman Hating, Heartbreak: The Political Memoir of a Feminist Militant, Intercourse, Scapegoat The Jews, Israel, and Women's Liberation, Life and Death, Letters from a War Zone, Mercy: A Novel, and Ice and Fire: A Novel.

She wrote in the “Acknowledgements” section of this 1983 book, “This book owes its existence to Gloria Steinem, whose idea it was to expand an earlier essay, ‘Safety, Shelter, Rules, Form, Love: The Promise of the Ultra-Right’ [Ms., June 1979] into a book.
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By Claire B. on January 11, 2014
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What a vibrant writer Ms. Dworkin was. I have not read the entire book, I hope to read it bit by bit. As another recommendation, it is also great to listen to her testimony before congress about pornography... She was a top-notch american intellectual of the 2nd half of the 20th Century, a great feminist.
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