Johanna Fateman and Amy Scholder (Eds.) - Last Days at Hot Slit – the Radical Feminism of Andrea Dworkin
Selections from the work of the American radical feminist author Andrea Dworkin (1946–2005), famous for her antipornography stance and role in the feminist sex wars of the 1980s. She wrote more than ten books, both non-fiction and fiction, and she coauthored, with feminist law professor Catherine Mackinnon, the highly controversial Antipornography Civil Rights Ordinance of 1983.
Johanna Fateman is a writer, musician, and co-owner of Seagull Salon in New York. Amy Scholder is an editor and writer.
Andrea Dworkin still looms large in feminist demands for sexual freedom, evoked as a censorial demagogue, more than a decade after her death. Among the very first writers to use her own experiences of rape and battery in a revolutionary analysis of male supremacy, Dworkin was a philosopher outside and against the academy who wrote with a singular, apocalyptic urgency.
“Last Days at Hot Slit” brings together selections from Dworkin’s work, both fiction and non-fiction, with the aim of putting the contentious positions she’s best known for in dialogue with her literary oeuvre. The collection charts her path from the militant primer Woman Hating (1974), to the formally complex polemics of Pornography (1979) and Intercourse (1987) and the raw experimentalism of her final novel Mercy (1990). It also includes “Goodbye to All This” (1983), a scathing chapter from an unpublished manuscript that calls out her feminist adversaries, and “My Suicide” (1999), a despairing long-form essay found on her hard drive after her death in 2005.
Paperback, published in 2019, 408 pages.