King Kong Theory by Virginie Despentes

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"King Kong Theory is essential reading!"—Dorothy Allison

"King Kong Theory brings to mind Solanas's SCUM Manifesto, Muscio's CUNT, and Plath's The Bell Jar—feminist eloquence without restraint. You will love it."—Susie Bright

"Finally someone has done it! The feminist movement needs King Kong Theory now more than ever. A must-read for every sex worker, tranny, punk, queer, john, academic, pornographer—and for all those people who dislike them too."—Annie Sprinkle

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.

Virginie Despentes is the writer and co-director of Baise-Moi, the controversial rape-revenge novel that became the basis for a film by the same name. Born in Paris, she now lives in Barcelona.


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Virginie Despentes, born in 1969, Is a French writer and filmmaker. She is best known for co-directing the 2002 Baise-moi, The controversial rape/revenge film depicting a graphic mix of violence and real sex and based on her novel of the same name. She has written eight books of fiction or memoir. STEPHANIE BENSON trained as a teacher of Food Science, Nutrition and Cookery at Madeley College of Education, part of Keele University. Stephanie works as a freelance nutritionist and adviser and in particular assisting people who have a variety of illnesses. She is a strong believer in the importance of good quality food. Stephanie, is currently Head of Department at Godalming College and has also been an examiner for the Oxford Board of Examinations setting Food Science and Nutrition Papers for A Level exams.
Published April 1, 2010 by The Feminist Press at CUNY. 146 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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In the newest from Despentes, author of the controversial 1991 novel Baise-Moi (and co-director of the controversial movie adaptation), the feminist provocateur examines key questions of sexuality, ma

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I think Despentes was pretty lucky while she was doing sex work, but she's not saying that her experiences are the norm.

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