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King Kong Theory Paperback – 22 Jan 2009

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Product details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Serpent's Tail (22 Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846686423
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846686429
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 815,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Despentes argues compellingly about women's guilt, men's power and the way that both are still abused three decades after the supposed triumph of feminism. (Katy Guest The Independent 2009-02-13)

A gloriously aggressive and fearless writer... (Lisa Hilton TLS 2009-04-10)

A manifestio ... part memoir, part political pamphlet, it is a furious condemnation of the "servility" of enforced femininity and was a bestseller in France - the title refers to her contention that she is "more King Kong than Kate Moss". (Elizabeth Day Observer 2009-01-18)

King Kong Theory is a free-ranging feminist manifesto ... her writing has an undeniable edge and urgency (Lesley McDowell Independent on Sunday 2009-02-08)

About the Author

Virginie Despentes was born in Paris in 1969, where she still lives. Her previous books include Les Jolie Choses, Teen Spirit and Bye Bye Blondie. She co-directed a screen adaptation of her controversial novel, Baise-Moi in 2002.


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By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 April 2009
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Virginie Despentes, the author of the brilliant Baise-Moi (Rape Me) gives us a non-fiction book for a change. Using her experiences and thoughts she gives us her view on the current state of feminism, and why she believes that things have not got any better. I must admit that I don't agree with everything that she writes, but it would be one boring read if I did. Reading about her experiences in France you begin to think that we are more liberal minded and laid back in good old Blighty.

Through discussing her rape, her dabbling in prostitution and the world of pornography, also taking in writing and co-directing Baise-Moi Despentes definitely has points to make altohugh some of these may not sit comfortably on everyones shoulders. What she has produced here is a book for both sexes to read and discuss, and perhaps if our politicians were to absorb its arguments things could improve. What can be said with this book though, whether you agree or disagree with Despentes you know exactly where she is coming from. Definitely a compulsive and thought provoking book that should be on your list of books to read.
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Virginie Despentes says a lot of things about contemporary gender relations that a lot of us have been thinking. Its a post punk rallying cry for the final push towards real equality. It cuts through the proverbial brown stuff to the real issues of violence against women, the meaning of marriage rape and prostitution, not forgetting the way that men are also oppressed by the gender system. We are all supporting a rotten system, its time to get angry again.
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Virginie Despentes became one of the most notorious women in France because of her rape-revenge novel, and then film, `Baise-Moi' which I have neither read nor seen - though of course I now want to so I can see what all the fuss was about. In these essays, with titles such as `Your Arse or Mine', `Porno Witches' and `She's So Depraved, You Can't Rape Her', she looks at the rape that she endured, her life in prostitution and pornography and how society today doesn't allow feminists to be true feminists and what should change.

This isn't a misery memoir and nor does it feel like a book written to shock and sell copies it does read as a true account of a rather notorious woman's life told with a bluntness and candour that you cant help admiring whilst occasionally wincing at. Its also isn't a book that is only for women to read, and in fact I would recommend a lot of men give this a go because of the openness of what's discussed. Despentes isn't a man hater despite all she has been through, she does look at how male dominated the world is.

It's hard to say too much more on this book because it's a short collection of 131 pages of essays and they really need to be read to be believed. If you're a fan of feminist works then you might find this quite a new, emotionally honest and distinctive voice filled with sadness, anger and courage. Its quite something and it's a book that will make you uncomfortable and yet change your thoughts about the world all in one and books like that make important reads.
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