A one-day conference at Anglia Ruskin University reflecting on the work and influence of Andrea Dworkin
Date: Thursday 9 July 2015
Venue: 111–113 Lord Ashcroft Building, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
Bookings: Anglia Ruskin Online Store
Speakers include Professor Rae Langton, Gunilla Ekberg, Julie Bindel, Imkaan, Object!, Rachel Moran, Dr Meagan Tyler, Dr Claire Chambers, Dr Heather Brunskell-Evans, Jodie Woodward, Angela Gbemisola, Dr Lynne Harne
When asked how she would like to be remembered, Andrea Dworkin replied:
“In a museum, when male supremacy is dead. I’d like my work to be an anthropological artifact from an extinct, primitive society”.
Ten years after her death, what is the relevance and resonance of Andrea Dworkin’s work today?
Andrea Dworkin, Radical Feminist activist and author of books such as Pornography: Men Possessing Women, Woman Hating and Intercourse, developed a searing analysis of the myriad forms of men’s violence against women.
Ten years after her death, the globalised sex industry has expanded beyond even what Dworkin herself might have imagined. Violent, misogynist online pornography is available and accessible in unprecedented ways. In countries where prostitution is legalised, we are now seeing ‘mega-brothels’, ‘flat-rate brothels’ and outdoor ‘sex boxes’. Sado-masochistic sexual practices are normalised and mainstreamed through the Fifty Shades of Greyphenomenon. One in three women globally will experience some form of male physical or sexual violence.
A powerful line-up of academics and activists at this conference will revisit Dworkin’s work and consider the ongoing relevance and resonance of Radical Feminism ten years after her death. It is an urgent and necessary conversation. Come and be part of it!
Followed by wine reception and launch of Freedom Fallacy: The Limits of Liberal Feminism (Kiraly & Tyler, 2015).