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King Kong Theory by Virginie Despentes

King Kong Theory (original 2006; edition 2009)

by Virginie Despentes, Stephánie Benson (Translator)

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Title:King Kong Theory
Authors:Virginie Despentes
Other authors:Stephánie Benson (Translator)
Info:Serpent's Tail (2009), Paperback, 144 pages
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King Kong Theory by Virginie Despentes (2006)

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A ferociously angry polemic; and as such, highly subjective. Even when I don't agree with her (on prostitution, for example, generalising from what was a personal experience on how she renegotiated power/consent after being raped in her teens, which was a formative experience in shaping her feminist politics) her radical ideas are necessary, and necessarily shocking, in light of just how much mainstream feminism has ceded ground to capitalist logic by reframing forms of gendered subjugation as matters of personal choice and empowerment. ( )
  subabat | Mar 19, 2018 |
Despentes' is scattered but incendiary, frank but illuminating, concise but wide ranging. Even though it is composed of what one might call short essays, the themes running through it are carried and executed with grit, vitality, and insight. It's tone isn't necessarily scholarly, but there are plenty of books like that, and the bibliography here would serve as a decent enough guide for a novice to feminist theory. Many might see the tone and structure of this book as a drawback, but that is also a benefit. For example, Despentes's reframing (through tone) of Camille Paglia's arguments about rape made them much more digestible. Perhaps because, unlike Paglia, Despentes' is a rape survivor herself.

I think this book would serve as a good primer for guerrilla girls in training, aspiring radical queers, and other deviants with a bent for awareness. It's accessible, it's transgressive, it's a punch in the gut and a knife jab into the patriarchal smokescreen of systems of male power. ( )
1 vote poetontheone | Mar 22, 2016 |
at first I didn't like it, then I loved it...mixed feelings, well worth reading though ( )
1 vote tvgrl | Jul 26, 2013 |
My first thoughts on the King Kong Theory by Virginie Despentes was wow … what a great book! It was written with an open in your face attitude. Despantes hits on a lot of important social issues and covers several controversial subjects including rape, prostitution, porn, and masturbation. She wrote about things that you don’t find in mainstream writings and this makes it a worthy piece of feminist literature. I would recommend anyone with an open mind to pick this book up and read it. As Despentes says in the opening line of her book …

“I am writing as an ugly one for the ugly ones”

Even if you don’t feel you are an “ugly one” I’d say this is worth a read. ( )
1 vote dragonflyy419 | Feb 24, 2011 |
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Cabrera i Callís, MariaForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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I am writing as an ugly one for the ugly ones: the old hags, the dykes, the frigid, the unfucked, the unfuckables, the neurotics, the psychos, for all those girls who don't get a look in the universal market of consumable chick.
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Powerful, provocative and personal, 'King Kong Theory' describes the ways Virginie Despentes' ideas have been shaped by her experiences of rape, prostitution and working in the porn industry.

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