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King Kong Theory

Virginie Despentes

Publication Year: 2010

With humor, rage, and confessional detail, Virginie Despentes—in her own words “more King Kong than Kate Moss”—delivers a highly charged account of women’s lives today. She explodes common attitudes about sex and gender, and shows how modern beauty myths are ripe for rebelling against. Using her own experiences of rape, prostitution, and working in the porn industry as a jumping-off point, she creates a new space for all those who can’t or won’t obey the rules.

Published by: The Feminist Press

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A Gun for Every Girl

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pp. 7-11

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...

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Your Ass or Mine?

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pp. 15-27

For a while now we’ve been repeatedly told about all the mistakes made in the 1970s: how we took a wrong turn, and look at the mess we made with our sexual revolution, and do we think...

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She's So Depraved, You Can't Rape Her

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pp. 31-50

July 1986, I’m seventeen. there are two of us, both wearing miniskirts, I have on stripy tights and red Converse. We’re on our way back from London, where we’ve spent all our money on records, hair dye, and a mass of...

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Sleeping with the Enemy

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pp. 53-80

Doing what should never be done: asking for money for what must remain free. The decision does not belong to each adult woman, but is imposed by collective laws. Prostitutes are the only workers...

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Porno Witches

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pp. 83-101

One cannot help but wonder what exactly the problem is with pornography, what it is that gives the world of X-rated films such blasphemous power. Show any number of people a waxed pussy being pounded by a fat...

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King Kong Girl

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pp. 105-124

Peter Jackson’s 2005 version of King Kong opens at the beginning of the twentieth century. As modern, industrial America is built, people start giving up the old social rituals, such as burlesque theatre and touring...

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Bye, Girls

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pp. 127-137

On the internet one day, i come across a letter written by Antonin Artaud. A break-up letter or at least a letter aimed at making space, addressed to a woman he claims he cannot love. I do realize that from the inside his love...


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pp. 138


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pp. 139-143

E-ISBN-13: 9781558616875
Print-ISBN-13: 9781558616578

Page Count: 144
Publication Year: 2010