Scapegoat: The Jews, Israel and Women's Liberation Hardcover – 8 Jun 2000
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'One of a generation of women who revolutionised the way that we think about femininity, about sexuality...' -- Natasha Walter
About the Author
Andrea Dworkin is a committed feminist who has co-authored civil rights legislation recognizing pornography as legally actionable sex discrimination. She has written over ten books, including INTERCOURSE and LIFE AND DEATH. She lives in New York City.
Top Customer Reviews
It is a factual book, telling stories, truths, painting a picture of a situation, but more in the way of a lamento, a cry of pain and rage, it wants to open our eyes to the hidden, the unspeakable, the shameful way some are excluded from basic equality, either as women or as Jews.
Those who criticize Andrea Dworkin's work seem to expect the former, and are bitterly disappointed. Or they find the rage, the bottomless pain and despair behind her facts too hard to bear - either because it threatens them, or because accepting anger is hard, especially a woman's anger.
This is not a book I read easily, and it is not a book for those times when I look for operational solutions, for ways to improve women's situation. There, it is no help at all.
It is a book for those times when I just want to admit that there is a bottomless injustice in our culture, when I just want to get in touch with my own anger (well-hidden, well-covered, I also am uncomfortable with anger, it is not an emotion women are allowed to have, in the culture I live in). A literary, in part poetic cry about history, about our reality, about being a woman in today's world, it deserves being listened to. Just keeping the uncomfortable, the gruesome, the cruelty towards the persecuted - and yes, women and Jews are among the most persecuted - out of our common consciousness makes life worse, not better for us, persecution's victims.
Although all nations are patriarchal and endorse "masculinity" as a superior thing to a degree, Nazi Germany was the ultimate in patriarchy, a "cult of masculinity" gone mad.The sad fact that even many men who are fighting oppression, or who have been victims of oppression, oppress women to construct themselves a "masculine" identity is perceptively presented in this book.