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Andrea Dworkin has been an influential write speaker and activist for over two decades She claims to be a feminist and that her ideas are beneficial to women This paper will show that many of her most popular beliefs are not only detrimental to society but also not in the best interests of women In letters from a war zone Andrea Dworkin presents a collection of speeches and short articles she has composed during her career as a writer and activist Many of her articles deal with censorship and pornography One claim is central to all of these pornography is an act and not an idea thus censorship is not relevant to it In response to a New York Time Review of her 1981 book Pornography Men Possessing Women Dworkin writes Pornography says the women want to be hurt forced and abused pornography says women want to be raped battered kidnapped maimed pornography says women want to be humiliated shamed defamed pornography says that women say no but mean yes - Yes to violence yes to painDworkin p 203 In response to Dworkins fiery rhetoric Wendy Mcelroy writes that Dworkin has scientific backing and even cites evidence to the contrary In Japan where pornography depicting violence is widely available rape is much lower per capita than in the United States where violence in porn is restricted Mcelroy attacks the belief that pornography cause violence stating that even if a correlation is present is does not necessarily mean there is a causal relationship McElroy 102 Lynne Segal sees in inherent harm in trying to link the two together She believes that feminists who try to do so are wasting valuable time that could be spent on other important issues In the end anti-pornography campaigns feminist or not can only enlist today as they have invariously enlisted before guilt and anxiety around sex as well
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