Andrea Dworkin: Good Riddance!

I know it’s not considered polite to speak ill of the dead, but some people deserved it!

I think Cathy Young gets things exactly right in her Reason Hit & Run post.

Dworkin was a crazed fanatic who was spectacularly wrong in most of her generalized conclusions. I think she and others who see women as perpetual victims, and men as perpetual criminals, have done much more harm than good for women.

I don’t mind so much that she was wrong. I mind that she wanted to impose her vision on the rest of us.

Ironically, I suspect that if her policy prescriptions were ever enacted widely much of her own work would have been banned or censored. The law cannot distinguish between good and bad art and speculation; and without broad liberties we risk being deprived of the freedom to share interesting, but controversial, ideas.

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