Ding Dong The Dworkin Is Dead:
Man-hating uber-feminist Andrea Dworkin died Monday at the age of 58. I thought she’d live forever just out of spite.
I’ll take her word for it she was forced into prostitution, a rape victim and also a battered wife. That still doesn’t justify the unrelenting hate she applied to her ideas. Here’s one right now that mostly proves the general idea people have that Dworkin believed heterosexual lovemaking is rape:
“Marriage as an institution developed from rape as a practice. Rape, originally defined as abduction, became marriage by capture. Marriage meant the taking was to extend in time, to be not only use of but possession of, or ownership.”
Her great crusade in life was against pornography, which is almost by definition exploitative, but she was against all erotica:
“Erotica is simply high-class pornography; better produced, better conceived, better executed, better packaged, designed for a better class of consumer.”
Dworkin Kool-Aid drinker Robin Morgan summed it up best with her snappy one-liner "Pornography is the theory and rape is the practice." Then there’s Catharine McKinnon theory all men are potential rapists. I italicize the word “potential” because it’s the perfect example of a qualifying euphemism.
People can be victims, but victim culture allows for no resolutions. There is no master gender or sexuality, no matter how much the idea builds up the self-esteem of victim classes. Revenge is an act, not a way of life. Dworkin and her ilk fail because all they have to offer is hatred towards entire categories of people, most of whom do no harm.
She was the ugly face of feminism (oh my, I’m guilty of Looksism!) To paraphrase George Carlin, “Have you ever noticed that most of the people against pornography are people you wouldn't want to have sex with in the first place?"
4/18/2005 Update: Via Instapundit, here's a link to an article titled "The Dworkin Whitewash".