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Pornography: Men Possessing Women Paperback – 1 Nov 1981


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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: The Women's Press Ltd; First Perigee Printing edition (1 Nov. 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0704338769
  • ISBN-13: 978-0704338760
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 245,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Audio Sponge on 3 Nov. 2011
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Very interesting book, made me think in a slightly different way and question some of my own hidden traits. One thing lacking for me though is that I don't think She acknowledges women who actually want sexual satisfaction on their own terms, whether that's in a loving consensual relationship or whatever other means She wants to. I believe this must be and is possible. Maybe it was just a sign of her times though. God knows what She would have thought about the internet...

To end; Men are and have been horrible to women for so long it's really depressing.
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24 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Jan. 2002
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This book is certainly not bedtime reading. It is uncompromising. Unbelievably so. However, despite its polemical nature, the book is of immense value. Indispensable for anyone who wants an alternative side to the pornography debate, Dworkin illustrates with frightening savageness the dark, macabre side of male sexuality. After reading this book, you will never see the world in the same light again. This is no casual platitude. Be prepared - this book is disturbing.
However, this book is not without flaws. As with all her work, Dworkin is too extreme for most readers. Anti pornography sentiments are expressed far more objectively and coherently by Susan Griffin, in "Pornography and silence" and by Catherine Mackinnon in her work. Her ravaging of the male sexuality is actually self defeating; she will alienate many men who might have been convinced by the truths in her arguments. Her work is not backed up by real facts. The causal relationship of pornography and physical violence towards women is logical, but evidence does not actually support this. Also, her concentration on pornography with a violent content takes the focus away from pornography in general.
Nevertheless, it is essential reading to anyone with more than a passing interest in the pornography debate. I don't know if I agree with all she says, but what she has succeeded in doing is to make all who read "Pornography" stop and think about an issue that has gone too long ignored.
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17 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Nov. 2000
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Extreme admittedly, but not twisted, Andrea Dworkin's sexual philosophy is an indispensible aid to students of gender studies, power relationships and pornography. Although many readers (particularly male ones..) may not agree with her arguments, she is possibly one of the most misrepresented writers of our time. Direct and harsh on the surface, but if you think she's a twisted individual, open your eyes - this philosophy is echoed in centuries of literature. There can be nothing individual about that.
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20 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Nov. 2001
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This is the only book I've ever started reading and not been able to finish, simply because I found it so upsetting, disturbing, and depressing. Dworkin is often accused of rhetorical excess, but it is precisely this very explicit rhetoric which makes her arguments so compelling and elegant. Her writing is not merely factual, it is artistic and journalistic. She points a searchlight onto the world of pornography and finds the hatred, violence, and misogyny that dominates the masculine sexuality which men are forced into accepting. It is a call to arms to men as much as women, to escape the shackles of their own sexual oppression. Maybe I'll be able to finish the book one day...but in the mean time it's only served to reinforce my disgust and fear of pornography.
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19 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 April 2001
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We all know how easy it is to distort an individual's views by printing a few striking quotes divorced from their context within the argument as a whole. Only the most ignorant and/or malicious of readers could take from this book the message that Andrea Dworkin 'hates men'. In fact, in chapter two she offers a persuasive constructionist account of the destructive, woman-hating gender identity that is foisted upon male individuals. Here's a good quote: 'How does it happen that the male child whose sense of life is so vivid that he imparts humanity to sun and stone changes into the adult male who cannot grant or even imagine the common humanity of women?'Andrea Dworkin has the guts to ask the questions that most men would rather not hear. It's about time they got some intelligent answers, instead of the usual stream of lazy, cliched masculinist drivel.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By iknowmyusernamesucks on 26 Oct. 2010
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I loved this book and think that everyone should read it, unfortunately considering the general opinion of Andrea Dworkin as a man hating extremist her words would only be misunderstood and twisted like they usually are. It is terrible that things are this way, her work and message is too important to be dismissed. I think that she was reviled because she was too honest about things that thrive on lies. Andrea is eerily accurate when describing how men are and how they see women. In this book she reveals what pornography truly is and means by delving into the history of societys views of female and male sexuality, leaving the reader to make up their own mind.
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