Today is the one-year anniversary of Andrea Dworkin’s death.
I wanted to write something big today, something worthy of the occasion. But I’m spent. I simply feel grief for the loss of this woman, and I don’t feel very expressive.
Fortunately, others have addressed the anniversary. Be sure to go to Femivist, because lelyons has done a spectacular job on these two pieces. Laurelin is planning two posts based on a conference she attended on Dworkin’s life. Witchy-woo has a great post contrasting Dworkin and Hugh Heffner. Just go read it-I never would have thought of this, and it’s an apt comparison.
With a jolt, I just realized that I’m writing as if there was an Andrea Dworkin Carnival! If you wrote about her and I missed you or forgot you, please comment so I can add your link. Suddenly, I’m feeling much better. Yes, we’ve lost Andrea, but she’s alive in cyberspace. Andrea Dworkin lives as long as feminists and pro-feminists keep fighting for an end to the violence against women.
I’ll end with one of my favorite Dworkin quotes. It’s vintage Andrea: painful, dark, and cuts straight to the point. It’s so tempting to drink the kool-aid and be blissfully unaware of what’s happening in the world. But that’s not real. The only thing to do is face the pain and suffering head-on.
The worst immorality is in living a trivial life because one is afraid to face any other kind of life—a despairing life or an anguished life or a twisted and difficult life.
[Edit: I intend “Why I Love Andrea Dworkin” to be an ongoing series.]