: np, 1980. 623 pp. Loose stack of sheets housed in cardboard box with “Dworkin” written in marker on top and one edge. Very good with slight spotting at edges of sheets. Holograph and xeroxed from holograph annotation presumed to be in the hand of Dworkin. Item #5793
Manuscript draft of Dworkin’s 1981 book Pornography: Men Possessing Women, with holograph and Xerox annotation in her hand. When this manuscript was produced in September 1980, the book’s working title was “Chains of Iron, Chains of Grief.” A document of Dworkin’s editorial process, with holograph annotation dictating the chapter ordering on the Contents page and notating two other sheets, and Xeroxed annotation from holograph of edits made on prior manuscript draft.
Dworkin was a key figure in the anti-porn radical feminist movement of the 1980s and Pornography: Men Posessing Women was one of its key texts. Produced in the context of feminism’s waning second wave and intense consciousness raising around the crisis of sexual assault and rape, Dworkin advances a theoretical framework and analysis of a male psychology that generates pornography, arguing that porn itself is the cause of sexual violence and worse than the Holocaust. Dworkin’s activism and work trace many of the fault lines of the “sex wars” that marked 1980s feminist debate in America: Dworkin favored working with repressive state institutions and evangelical conservatives to criminalize and censure pornography and address violence against women, while sex-positive feminists rejected allying with reactionaries and often favored systems of community-centered and restorative justice.
A document of the editorial process of one of the most famous and contentious American radical feminists.