9 quotes from Heartbreak: The Political Memoir of a Feminist Militant: ‘I`m tired, very weary, and I cry for my sisters. Tears get the nothing, of course. Since she died last year, a victim of her enormous size, I have come to think that Andrea Dworkin was more important than I thought at the time. Linda Grant, The. A controversial author (Scapegoat, , etc.) offers her bitter and sad reflections on life as a feminist. Dworkin lashes right out in her preface: “I.
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Want to Read Currently Anrrea Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return heartbreai Book Page. Preview — Heartbreak by Andrea Dworkin. Andrea Dworkin reveals the personal side of her lifelong journey as activist and writer. A bittersweet memoir of falling in love with books, ideas, and the fight for social justice – from the 60s to the present.
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Dworkin has been criticized, ridiculed and much maligned. She did not deserve all the spite she got. One only needs to observe all the kind of opposition her voice met, in order to see the kind of patriarchal authoritarianism she talked against.
I do not agree with everything she believed, I do not support heartbrak of her methods, I might not have walked with her for some of her causes…. It broke us all, a little bit of the shame dwoorkin the discomfort managed to dent each of our spirits…some dorkin more pronounced than the other. In Hertbreak, Dworkin does not talk of her own wounds or her pain, rather she takes us along to witness a slice of this world as seen through her eyes Dworkin is brilliant, expolsive.
Her words hurt, they bite and they seethe with rage. A fantastic look into the elements that made Dworkin.
Sep 28, Emily rated it it was amazing. She is not being flippant when she titled her book “Heartbreak. She writes about feeling abandoned by the feminists she is fighting for.
Although I understand that Dworkin can appear extreme at times, she is wicked smart and has oceans of compassion for women. Dwoorkin can forgive a lot of disagreement over what we consider “extreme” or “militant”.
Dworkin is a miracle of a human being considering the modern patriarcy we live She is not being flippant when she titled her book “Heartbreak. Dworkin is a miracle of a human being considering the modern patriarcy we live in and, I think, a brilliant person.
Sep 04, Carrie rated it really liked it. The worst immorality is to repudiate one’s own uniqueness to fit in. The worst immorality is to set one’s goals so low that one must crawl to meet them. The worst immorality is to hurt children. The worst dwoekin is to use one’s strength to dominate or control.
The worst immorality is to surrender the essence of oneself for love or money. The worst immorality is to believe andrrea nothing, do nothing, achieve nothing. The worst immoralities are bu “The worst immorality is to be stupid, because it’s easy. The worst immoralities are but one, a single sin of human nothingness and stupidity. One must do something and at the same time do no harm. Nov 16, Cheryl rated it it was amazing.
There I stand or fall. Mar 16, Peggy rated it liked it Shelves: Dworkin presents the bold strokes of her life and justifies her considerable anger at the world. The deeper aspects of her life remain hidden out of sight, for example, the story of her marriage to John Stoltenberg. We learn how they met, but nothing more. She is as ever provocative, but in a memoir that is not enough. The deeper story of who she was has yet to be written. Dec 20, ryan bears rated it it was amazing.
Jul 15, Jo Watson rated it it was amazing. I cant remember a day that i haven’t wished Andrea was all wrong, it’s just sworkin been a massive mistake. I also can’t remember a day that I haven’t gathered some evidence that she was right I admired her strength to be continuously angry and In battle and I miss her presence in the world. Dec 04, Sunny rated it really liked it Shelves: The book is about a feminist and her life story and is conveyed in short bite sized chapters that you find you can quickly and easily traverse through like a Saramago paragraph.
It had chapters about the influence on music on her, Plato, cuba, contraceptives, young americans for freedom, discipline, leftism, it takes a village, prisons, heartbreak and an amazing closing chapter called immoral which i will show heartvreak.
At times some of her insight what a challenging and at times tear jerking read.
Heartbreak: The Political Memoir of a Feminist Militant by Andrea Dworkin
At times some of her insight into feminism and womanhood truly amazed me. Any heartbrrak that shows me different angles on a subject i thought i understood wtf! Here are my best bits. The shock of being unable to control what happens, especially the tragedies, overwhelms one. Someone dies; someone leaves; someone lies. There is sickness, ueartbreak, loneliness, betrayal. One is alone not just at the end but all the time.
One tries to camouflage pain and failure.
One wants to believe that poverty can be cured by wealth, cruelty by kindness; but neither is true. The orphan is always an orphan. Mar 04, Brooke rated it really liked it. View all 3 comments.
Nov 18, Sofia rated it really liked it Shelves: This is a difficult book to rate. Either way, I really wish she were still with us. Apparently she came eventually to be trans-exclusionary. I don’t feel particularly fussed to check up on this. Feb 14, Marie rated it liked it Shelves: This book definitely changed my outlook on Dworkin.
I had no idea what she endured, and although I wasn’t likely to espouse the classic arguments against her, I had given up on the angry tone of Right Wing Women, thinking she wasn’t for me. Now, I don’t agree with her in all she has said, but had she dug a bit deeper, probably there’d have been something interesting coming up. Her life is surely very sad and one gets to understand, as she promises, why does she think the way she does.
Her love o This book definitely changed my outlook on Dworkin. Her love of music, her academic interests, her disenchanment with the left, her failed marriage, they’re all a part of this person we made ourselves a caricature of, because we’re scared of the words “radical feminist”.
I still disagree with the core tenets of her political beliefs abortion as pro-woman, namely; or her antiprison crusadebut there is some honesty in her breaking away from pacifism and the need of women to stand up against what’s being done to them. The parts that put me off had to do with her lack of care for policemen, but I guess those are basic leftist points.
If you can see brutalized women as human, sure you can see brutalized men as such too. Mar 26, Bethany rated it it was amazing. Heartbreak is a memoir in the vein of Bob Dylan’s Chronicles: Perhaps this isn’t a different kind of memoir, but simply a memoir by a certain kind of person, a person whose life rworkin held to a higher purpose, be that art or radical politics. This is a beauti Heartbreak is a memoir in the vein of Bob Dylan’s Chronicles: This is a beautiful gem of a book.
Not only a memoir that shines a light on the life of one of the most important figures of the 20th century, but a manifesto and a key for how to articulate the subtlety of oppression for those of us who feel it but blank in the face of naysayers.
Aug 26, Laura Avellaneda-Cruz rated it liked it. I am inspired by this book, feel vindicated in my life-long work to end sexual violence and exploitation, and am pleased to have Andrea Dworkin’s rough and honest and pained voice articulating what drives her, which is often what drives me.
My only complaint is that it is too short, and in being too short leaves out the full, visual depth of stories and how those stories connect to other themes present in the book. It also leaves out some of the evidence that would back up her statements and mak I am inspired by this book, feel vindicated heartbrsak my life-long work to end sexual violence and exploitation, and am pleased to have Andrea Dworkin’s rough and honest and pained voice articulating what drives her, which is often what drives me.
It also leaves out some heartbreal the evidence that would back up her statements and make them more powerful.
I wonder if the shortness of this book is a reflection of her fatigue, like she was dworkln too tired to tell her stories fully. This is more of an outline of an identity rather than a memoir.
Dworkin is an incredibly compelling writer.