Johanna Fateman is a writer, musician, and co-owner of Seagull Salon in New York. Her art criticism appears regularly in The New Yorker and Artforum. (February 2019)

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The Power of Andrea Dworkin’s Rage

Andrea Dworkin in Heraklion, Crete, 1966

Dworkin would become the ur-figure of so-called anti-sex feminism, a contentious term used to characterize feminist opposition to pornography, prostitution, and S&M. Her reputation, forged through thundering speeches and legislative efforts as well as her writing, is one of stridency, man-hate, and paranoid histrionics. In her work, rage is authority; her imperious voice and dirty mouth make for a feminist literature empty of caveats and equivocation. And reading her now, beyond the anti-porn intransigence she’s both reviled and revered for, one feels a prescient apocalyptic urgency, one perfectly calibrated, it seems, to the high stakes of our time.