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VIRGINIE DESPENTES is the writer and codirector of Baise-Moi, the controversial rape-revenge novel that became the basis for a notorious film by the same name. Born in Paris, she now lives in Barcelona.

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King Kong Theory

Virginie Despentes

With humor, rage, and confessional detail, Virginie Despentes—in her own words “more King Kong than Kate Moss”—delivers a highly charged account of women’s lives today. She explodes common attitudes about sex and gender, and shows how modern beauty myths are ripe for rebelling against. Using her own experiences of rape, prostitution, and working in the porn industry as a jumping-off point, she creates a new space for all those who can’t or won’t obey the rules.

"King Kong Theory is essential reading!"

—Dorothy Allison

"King Kong Theory brings to mind Solanas’s SCUM Manifesto, Muscio’s CUNT, and Plath’s The Bell Jar—feminist eloquence without restraint. You will love it."

—Susie Bright

"Finally someone has done it! The feminist movement needs King Kong Theory now more than ever. A must read for every sex worker, tranny, punk, queer, john, academic, pornographer—and for all those people who dislike them too."

—Annie Sprinkle

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