So I am writing from here, as one of the left-overs, one of those weirdos, the ones who shave their heads, those who don’t know how to dress, those who worry that they stink, those who have rotten teeth, those who don’t know how to go about things…Read more.
King Kong Theory
“I want to underline every word in this book,” Ruth texted Emily on the day she started reading King Kong Theory. Don’t let the word “theory” throw you: Virginie Despentes’s blunt, epigrammatic manifesto has got to be the most riveting book of feminist theory we’ve ever read. In essays about rape, pornography, prostitution and femininity, Despentes draws on her own experiences of being raped, of being a novelist, of being a prostitute, and of being a filmmaker, to illuminate the political and social condition of all women. Her vision of feminism is at once utopian and practical: a rallying cry that, if we listened, could change the world. “Feminism is a collective adventure, for women, men and everyone else. A worldview. A choice. It’s not a matter of contrasting women’s small advantages with men’s small assets, but of sending the whole lot flying.”
King Kong Theory was originally published in the United States by The Feminist Press in 2010. It will be available again from FSG in 2021. Right now you can buy it from Fitzcarraldo Editions.