Dworkin, Andrea, 1946-2005

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Author, critic, and radical feminist Andrea Dworkin was born on September 26, 1946, in Camden, New Jersey. She was the daughter of Sylvia (Spiegel), a secretary, and Harry Dworkin, a guidance counselor. In 1965, while attending Bennington College, Dworkin was arrested in New York City for protesting against the Vietnam War, and spent four days in the Women’s House of Detention. She later made headlines, publicizing her brutal treatment at the hands of staff, which led to a grand jury investigation of the prison. In 1965, she traveled to Crete, then returned to the United States to complete her coursework at Bennington College, before moving to Amsterdam, where she completed work for her B.A., which she received in 1968. On March 11, 1969, Dworkin married Cornelius (Iwan) Dirk de Bruin, a Dutch political activist. De Bruin abused Dworkin throughout the marriage, which ended in divorce in 1972. Dworkin moved to New York City in 1972 and in 1974, she met John Stoltenberg, a writer and editor. Dworkin, who identified herself as a lesbian, and Stoltenberg, who identified himself as homosexual, became close friends and lived together for many years before marrying in 1998.

Dworkin was the author of several books including Woman Hating (1974), Our Blood: Prophecies and Discourses on Sexual Politics (1976), Pornography: Men Possessing Women (1981), Right-Wing Women (1983), Intercourse (1987), Letters from a War Zone: Writings, 1976-1989 (1989), Scapegoat: The Jews, Israel, and Women's Liberation (2000), and Heartbreak: The Political Memoir of a Feminist Militant (2002). She was also the author of short stories and novels including Ice and Fire (1987) and Mercy (1991). In addition, Dworkin lectured widely and contributed to numerous periodicals and anthologies.

In 1983, with lawyer Catharine MacKinnon, Dworkin drafted a controversial civil rights ordinance defining pornography as sex discrimination. An activist working on behalf of many causes including abortion rights, she advised women and groups on issues of rape, battery, pornography, and incest in the United States and abroad.

Andrea Dworkin died April 9, 2005, in Washington, D.C.

From the guide to the Papers, 1914-2007 (inclusive), 1973-2000 (bulk), (Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute)

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referencedIn MacKinnon, Catharine A. Papers of Catharine A. MacKinnon, 1985-2005 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Dworkin, Andrea. Videotape collection of Andrea Dworkin [videorecording]. Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Dworkin, Andrea. Papers, 1914-2007 (inclusive), 1973-2000 (bulk). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Chicago, Judy, 1939-. Papers, 1947-2004 (inclusive), 1957-2004 (bulk). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Dworkin, Andrea. Videocassette tapes (uncataloged) 1991. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Karla Jay papers, 1961-1992, 1975-1987 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Papers, 1914-2007 (inclusive), 1973-2000 (bulk) Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Associated Students of Stanford University, Speakers Bureau, audio-visual materials, 1981-1996 Cecil H. Green Library. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Student Peace Union (U.S.). Student Peace Union records, 1959-1967. Swarthmore College, Peace Collection, SCPC
creatorOf Dworkin, Andrea. Audiotape collection of Andrea Dworkin [sound recording]. Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Papers, 1947-2004 (inclusive), 1957-2004 (bulk) Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Stanford University. Associated Students. Speakers Bureau. Associated Students of Stanford University, Speakers Bureau, audio-visual materials, 1981-1996. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Photographs by and relating to Allen Ginsberg, 1926-1997 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Organizing Against Pornography (Minneapolis, Minn.). Organizational records, 1975-1990. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
creatorOf Jay, Karla. Karla Jay Papers 1961-1992 (bulk 1975-1987). New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Diana Davies Papers MS 309., 1960s-1996 (ongoing) Sophia Smith Collection
creatorOf Anne Waldman Papers (1945-2012, bulk 1965-2000) University of Michigan
referencedIn Trina Porte papers., 1968-2011. Minnesota Historical Society
creatorOf Videotape collection of Andrea Dworkin, 1981-1998 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Vidal, Gore, 1925-. Papers, 1875-2004 (inclusive), 1936-2000 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Records of, Sojourner, (inclusive), (bulk), 1920-2004, 1975-2002 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Papers, 1908-1985 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Davies, Diana, 1938-. Papers 1960-1996 (ongoing). Smith College, Neilson Library
referencedIn Judson Memorial Church Archive, 1838-1995 Fales Library & Special Collections
referencedIn Porte, Trina, 1961-. Trina Porte papers, 1968-2011. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
referencedIn Gore Vidal papers, 1850-2020 (inclusive), 1936-2008 (bulk) Houghton Library
referencedIn Organizational records., 1975-1990. Minnesota Historical Society
referencedIn Student Peace Union (U.S.). Records, 1959-1967. Swarthmore College, Peace Collection, SCPC
referencedIn Steinem, Gloria. Papers, 1940-2000 [ongoing]. Smith College, Neilson Library
referencedIn Phyllis Chesler Papers, 1968-1990 David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
referencedIn Deming, Barbara, 1917-1984. Papers: Series I-III, 1908-1985 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Papers, 1935-2000 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Brownmiller, Susan. Papers, 1935-2000 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Records of the NOW Legal Defense & Education Fund, 1968-2008 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Audiotape collection of Andrea Dworkin, 1975-1997 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Frog in the Well (Firm). Frog in the Well records, 1978-1999. UC Berkeley Libraries
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Minnesota--Minneapolis
New York (N.Y.)
Indiana--Indianapolis
Washington--Bellingham
Indiana--Indianapolis
United States
United States
Minnesota--Minneapolis
United States
Indiana--Indianapolis
Washington--Bellingham
Subject
Rape
Erotic literature
Freedom of the press--Public opinion
Pornography--Social aspects
Erotica--Periodicals
Lesbians
Sex discrimination against women
Publishers and Publishing
Mothers and daughters
Sex role
Authors and publishers
Women's rights
Feminists
Women--Legal status, laws, etc
Prostitution--Psychological aspects
Calendars
Fetishism (Sexual behavior)
Women--Social conditions
Incest
Abused women
Jewish men
Brothers and sisters
Feminism
Pornography--Law and legislation
Authors, American
Family violence
Pornography--Psychological aspects
Women--Crimes against
Political correctness
Male domination (Social structure)
Debates and debating
Sex crimes
Women political activists
Fathers and daughters
Jewish women
Authors, American--20th century
Serial murders
Wife abuse
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Active 1875

Active 2004

Birth 1946-09-26

Death 2005-04-11

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