Dworkin, Andrea

Dworkin, Andrea

▪ American activist and author
born September 26, 1946, Camden, New Jersey, U.S.
died April 9, 2005, Washington, D.C.

      American feminist (women's movement) and author, an outspoken critic of sexual politics, particularly of the victimizing effects of pornography on women.

      Dworkin began writing at an early age. During her undergraduate years at Vermont's Bennington College (B.A., 1968), she became involved with the student demonstrations against the Vietnam War. Her experience in New York City's Women's House of Detention following an arrest during one such demonstration led her to analyze critically what she perceived as the male subjugation of women. A number of books, such as Woman Hating: A Radical Look at Sexuality (1974) and Our Blood: Prophecies and Discourses on Sexual Politics (1976), followed, along with studies of pornography, which, according to Dworkin, is one of the main weapons men deploy to control women. In collaboration with the feminist lawyer Catharine A. MacKinnon (MacKinnon, Catharine A.), Dworkin wrote Pornography and Civil Rights: A New Day for Women's Equality (1988). Together they also drafted a controversial ordinance that defined pornography as a form of sex discrimination and enabled victims of sexual assault to sue the makers and distributors of pornography in cases where a specific piece of pornography could be proved to be a direct cause of the assault. Several cities passed the ordinance in the 1980s, but it was later ruled unconstitutional by federal courts.

      A lesbian, Dworkin also published in Gay Community News and other periodicals. Later books include Right-wing Women: The Politics of Domesticated Females (1983), Intercourse (1987), Letters from a War Zone (1989), and Scapegoat: The Jews, Israel, and Women's Liberation (2000). Dworkin also wrote a collection of short stories and the autobiographical novels Ice and Fire (1986) and Mercy (1991). Her autobiography, Heartbreak: The Political Memoir of a Feminist Militant, was published in 2002.

* * *

Universalium. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Dworkin, Andrea Rita — ▪ 2006       American feminist writer, activist, and public figure (b. Sept. 26, 1946, Camden, N.J. d. April 9, 2005, Washington, D.C.), worked to end violence against women and the subjugation of women. Born into a progressive family, Dworkin… …   Universalium

  • Andréa — Andrea ist im Deutschen und in anderen Sprachen (z. B. im Englischen, im Schwedischen, im Spanischen und im Ungarischen) ein weiblicher Vorname, im Italienischen und Rätoromanischen ein männlicher Vorname. Männliche Form: Andreas… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Andrea Dworkin — [Andrea Dworkin] (1946–2005) an extreme US ↑feminist (= person who believes strongly that women should have the same rights and opportunities as men). She wrote many books expressing her views, including Pornography: Men Possessing Women (1981),… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Andrea Dworkin — (* 26. September 1946 in Camden, New Jersey; † 9. April 2005 in Washington, D.C.) war eine US amerikanische Feministin, Soziologin und Schriftstellerin. In Deutschland fiel sie vor allem durch ihr Buch PorNOgraphy Men possessing women (1979) und… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Dworkin — may refer to: Aaron Dworkin (1970 ), musician and activist Andrea Dworkin (1946–2005), feminist writer David Dworkin (born 1934), musician Dworkin Barimen, fictional character from the Chronicles of Amber Felix Dworkin Croes, computer programmer… …   Wikipedia

  • Andrea Dworkin — Andrea Rita Dworkin (26 septembre, 1946 – 9 avril, 2005) est une auteur féministe radicale des États Unis, surtout connue pour sa critique de la pornographie, qu elle rapprochait du viol et autres formes de violence contre les femmes. Militante… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Dworkin — ist der Nachname mehrerer Personen: Andrea Dworkin (1946–2005), US amerikanische Feministin und Soziologin David Dworkin (* 1934), US amerikanischer Klarinettist und Pädagoge Gerald Dworkin (* 1937) US Philosoph Ronald Dworkin (* 1931), US… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Andrea — ist im Deutschen und in anderen Sprachen (z. B. im Englischen, im Schwedischen, im Spanischen und im Ungarischen) ein weiblicher, im Italienischen und Rätoromanischen ein männlicher Vorname. Männliche Form: Andreas Inhaltsverzeichnis 1… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Andrea Dworkin — ➡ Dworkin * * * …   Universalium

  • Andrea Dworkin — Infobox Person name = Andrea Dworkin image size = caption = birth date = birth date|mf=yes|1946|9|26|mf=y birth place = Camden, New Jersey death date = death date and age|mf=yes|2005|4|9|1946|9|26 death place = Washington, D.C. known for =… …   Wikipedia