By Virginie Despentes
"King Kong Theory is key reading!"—Dorothy Allison
"King Kong Theory brings to brain Solanas's SCUM Manifesto, Muscio's CUNT, and Plath's The Bell Jar—feminist eloquence with out restraint. you will adore it."—Susie Bright
"Finally somebody has performed it! The feminist stream wishes King Kong Theory now greater than ever. A must-read for each intercourse employee, tranny, punk, queer, john, educational, pornographer—and for all these those that dislike them too."—Annie Sprinkle
With humor, rage, and confessional element, Virginie Despentes—in her personal phrases, "more King Kong than Kate Moss"—delivers a hugely charged account of women's lives this day. She explodes universal attitudes approximately intercourse and gender, and indicates how glossy good looks myths are ripe for rebelling opposed to. utilizing her personal reviews of rape, prostitution, and dealing within the porn as a jumping-off element, she creates a brand new area for all those that can't or won't obey the rules.
Virginie Despentes is the author and co-director of Baise-Moi, the arguable rape-revenge novel that turned the root for a movie by way of an identical identify. Born in Paris, she now lives in Barcelona.
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Another problem is the increased distancing of contemporary academic feminism from the more routine concerns of everyday exchanges and materialities. There is still an uneasy understanding that, however liberated western women may appear to be, inequalities are deeply embedded in social, economic and cultural practices and regimes. Feminist struggles for equal pay and reproductive rights may seem to have been won, but women are still sexualised and objectified and feel they lack control over their bodies.
The use of the first-person pronoun as the speaking subject provides an acknowledgement of experience; it does not necessarily privilege experience at the expense of interpretation or any other mechanism for the exploration of social life. Accounts of experience need not be accepted as a transparent reflection of reality, but such accounts provide a means of capturing what Bev Skeggs calls a way of ‘understanding how women occupy the category “women”, a category which is classed and raced and produced through power relations and through struggles across different sites in space and time’ (1997: 27).
Sometimes, concern with finding the right label is a matter of pragmatism, although the anxiety which has been expressed about using ‘woman’ in a meaningful way, even in relation to motherhood, might be more than inconvenient, so far are these criticisms derived from the academy from both lived experience that they deny the opportunity to express the specificities of that experience. One of I-Kath’s PhD students was troubled about how to classify her interviewees in her fieldwork on maternal identities as constituted in the relationship between mothers and midwives.