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King Kong Theory

By: Virginie Despentes
Narrated by: Maxine Peake
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Summary

‘I write from the realms of the ugly, for the ugly, the frigid, the unf--ked and the unf--kables, all those excluded from the great meat market of female flesh, and for all those guys who don’t want to be protectors, for those who would like to be but don’t know how, for those who are not ambitious, competitive, or well-endowed. Because this ideal of the seductive white woman constantly being waved under our noses – well, I’m pretty sure it doesn’t exist.' 

Powerful, provocative and personal, King Kong Theory is a candid account of how the author of Baise-moi came to be Virginie Despentes. Drawing from personal experience, Despentes shatters received ideas about rape and prostitution and explodes common attitudes towards sex and gender. King Kong Theory is a manifesto for a new punk feminism, reissued here in a brilliant new translation by Frank Wynne.

©2006 Virginie Despentes (P)2020 Fitzcarraldo Editions

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"I can think of almost no book I’ve enjoyed in recent years as much as King Kong Theory – in part for its content, in part for the ferocity of its style. In a world that continues to have difficulty contending with sex work, porn, class and sexual violence without resorting to tired tropes, Virginie Despentes offers a fresh, necessary, inspiring path forward, just as she has been doing for decades now in a variety of media. This book is a classic, and I’m so grateful for it." (Maggie Nelson, author of The Argonauts)

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Everyone should read this mind opening piece of work. I wasn’t sure about if it would be worth a whole credit as it’s so short but Maxine Peake’s rendition is well worth it and I’m going to listen to it over and over again like a self help tape.

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courage. resistance . in their face. listen to it sisters. feminism is a revolution.