Dworkin, Andrea. Audiotape collection of Andrea Dworkin, 1975-1997: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Call No.: T-323
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Andrea Dworkin
Title: Audiotape collection of Andrea Dworkin, 1975-1997
Quantity: 80 audiotapes
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Audiotape recordings of speeches and lectures by, and interviews with, radical feminist
writer, speaker, and activist Andrea Dworkin.
Accession number: 2001-M196
These audiotapes were included with the papers of Andrea Dworkin (MC 540)
that were acquired from Andrea Dworkin by the Schlesinger Library in November 2001.
Processed: February 2009
By: Melissa Dollman
Access. Access to audiotapes (#1-62) is unrestricted. Access to audiotapes (#63-80)
requires the written permission of John Stoltenberg and Catharine MacKinnon until
his death. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.
Copyright. Copyright on speeches and other content, written by Andrea Dworkin and
recorded onto audiotapes, is held by John Stoltenberg. Upon his death, copyright will
be transferred to the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger
Library. Other copyrighted materials found in the collection may be held by their
authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Tapes may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
Andrea Dworkin Audiotape collection, 1975-1999; item description, dates. T-323, tape
#. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Andrea Dworkin Papers, 1914-2007
). For related videotapes, see Andrea Dworkin Videotape collection, 1981-1998 (Vt-136
Author, critic, and radical feminist Andrea Dworkin was born on September 26, 1946,
in Camden, New Jersey. She was the daughter of Sylvia (Spiegel), a secretary, and
Harry Dworkin, a guidance counselor. In 1965, while attending Bennington College,
Dworkin was arrested in New York City for protesting against the Vietnam War, and
spent four days in the Women's House of Detention. She later made headlines, publicizing
her brutal treatment at the hands of staff, which led to a grand jury investigation
of the prison. In 1965, she traveled to Crete, then returned to the United States
to complete her coursework at Bennington College, before moving to Amsterdam, where
she completed work for her B.A., which she received in 1968. On March 11, 1969, Dworkin
married Cornelius (Iwan) Dirk de Bruin, a Dutch political activist. De Bruin abused
Dworkin throughout the marriage, which ended in divorce in 1972. Dworkin moved to
New York City in 1972 and in 1974, she met John Stoltenberg, a writer and editor.
Dworkin, who identified herself as a lesbian, and Stoltenberg, who identified himself
as homosexual, became close friends and lived together for many years before marrying
Dworkin was the author of several books including Woman Hating (1974), Our Blood: Prophecies and Discourses on Sexual Politics (1976), Pornography: Men Possessing Women (1981), Right-Wing Women (1983), Intercourse (1987), Letters from a War Zone: Writings, 1976-1989 (1989), Scapegoat: The Jews, Israel, and Women's Liberation (2000), and Heartbreak: The Political Memoir of a Feminist Militant (2002). She was also the author of short stories and novels including Ice and Fire (1987) and Mercy (1991). In addition, Dworkin lectured widely and contributed to numerous periodicals
In 1983, with lawyer Catharine MacKinnon, Dworkin drafted a controversial civil rights
ordinance defining pornography as sex discrimination. An activist working on behalf
of many causes including abortion rights, she advised women and groups on issues of
rape, battery, pornography, and incest in the United States and abroad.
Andrea Dworkin died April 9, 2005, in Washington, D.C.
The audio collection is arranged in four series. Within each series, audiotapes are
organized chronologically by date, with those tapes stating only a year listed after
any specific dates of that same year. Those tapes without dates are listed alphabetically
at the end of each series.
- Series I. Speeches, 1975-1995 (#1-42)
- Series II. Interviews, 1984-1997 (#43-55)
- Series III. Public readings and Sylvia Dworkin's funeral service, 1976-1990 (#55-62)
- Series IV. Teaching, 1983 (#63-80)
The bulk of the audiotapes feature Andrea Dworkin either as the sole speaker or on
a panel with others, but there are a few audiotapes featuring people in Dworkin's
life who are made reference to in the paper collection. For related papers, see the
finding aid for the Andrea Dworkin collection, MC 540
. For related videotapes, see Andrea Dworkin videotape collection, 1981-1998 (Vt-136
Series I, SPEECHES, 1975-1995 (#1-41), includes speeches given by Andrea Dworkin and
others, such as Catharine MacKinnon, with whom she worked closely or had a significant
personal relationship. Venues for the speeches range from conferences and protest
rallies to workshops and testimony before former Attorney General's Commission on
Pornography. Speeches for which there are transcripts in the paper collection include
Series II, INTERVIEWS, 1984-1997 (#42-54), includes unedited material, off-air recordings,
and recordings supplied by the individual stations, of radio interviews with Andrea
Dworkin from over the United States as well as Canada and Great Britain. Interviews
for which there are transcripts in the paper collection include a cross-reference.
Series III, PUBLIC READINGS AND SYLVIA DWORKIN'S FUNERAL SERVICE, 1976-1990 (#55-62),
contains recordings of Andrea Dworkin reading to audiences in bookstores and university
settings from her works: Letters from a War Zone, The New Woman's Broken Heart, Mercy, and unpublished works. Also included is a recording of Sylvia Dworkin's funeral
Series IV, TEACHING, 1983 (#63-80), contains recordings of Andrea Dworkin's and Catharine
MacKinnon's lectures for their class on Pornography and the Law at the University
of Minnesota Law School, fall 1983. Note that some tapes are missing (#3, #7, #11,
#12, and #18-20). References to the course syllabus and other related materials in
the paper collection are included.
- Series I. SPEECHES, 1975-1997 (#1-42)
- 9. National Organization of Women Conference, Omaha (Nebraska). April 12, 1984.
Scope and Contents: 60 minutes. Dworkin speaks about laws that favor male supremacy, describes various
pornography scenarios, coercion of women into the pornography industry, the trafficking
of women, and the Minneapolis anti-pornography ordinance.
- 10. St. Paul (Minnesota) Rape Crisis Center. May 17, 1984.
Scope and Contents: 90 minutes. Dworkin delves into the etymology of the word "pornography" and its history
as entertainment for men, pornography scenarios, coercion of women into the pornography
industry, the trafficking of women, and the Minneapolis anti-pornography ordinance.
- 11-13. Andrea Dworkin/John Stoltenberg/Rick Osborne, Unitarian Church, Minneapolis (Minnesota).
May 20, 1984.
Scope and Contents: 3 tapes. 180 minutes. Accompanied by John Stoltenberg and Rick Osborne, Dworkin describes
pornography scenarios, the relationship between poverty, prostitution and pornography,
pornography as a civil rights issue, and the Minneapolis anti-pornography ordinance.
Stoltenberg and Osborne speak about related topics.
- 15-17. Women Against Pornography workshop: Pornography, sexual violence, and civil rights.
November 28, 1984.
Scope and Contents: 3 tapes. 185 minutes. Tapes 1 and 2: Dworkin, Catharine MacKinnon, Therese Stanton,
and Florence Rush address the use of pornography in acts of violence against women,
common pornography scenarios, victimization of pornography actresses, and the sexual
abuse of children. Tape 3: Dworkin answers questions from workshop attendees.
- 18. Andrea Dworkin, pornography, civil rights. January 1985.
Scope and Contents: 60 minutes. During Dworkin's keynote speech at the Pornography Awareness Conference
at Duke University she talks about common themes and acts in pornography, the connection
between harassment, rape, and pornography, the pornography industry, the First Amendment,
and the Minneapolis ordinance.
- 19. Andrea Dworkin - New York (New York), Commission on Pornography testimony. January
Scope and Contents: 80 minutes. Dworkin testifies before the Attorney General's Commission on Pornography
about motifs in pornography, the civil impact of pornography on women, collusion between
the pornography industry and the ACLU [American Civil Liberties Union], obscenity
laws, trafficking in women, and how the Fourteenth Amendment should apply to women
as a group, and the Minneapolis ordinance. Questions from the Commission follow.
For a transcript, see MC 540, #91.11.
- 20. Andrea Dworkin - "Taking Liberty." August 3, 1986.
Scope and Contents: 30 minutes. Before an audience in New York City, New York, Dworkin discusses ideas
about liberty in the United States versus South Africa under apartheid, the history
of constitutional amendments that protect slavery, and pornographers' use of the First
Amendment to justify their work.
- 21. The Sexual Liberals and the Attack on Feminism Panel. April 4, 1987.
Scope and Contents: 100 minutes. Dworkin gives a brief history of activism against pornography, talks
about the Minneapolis ordinance, and addresses the issue of freedom of the press versus
women's rights and safety.
For a transcript, see MC 540, #83.3.
- 24. Dworkin/Becker debate. October 13, 1988.
Scope and Contents: 90 minutes. At a debate at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington,
Mary Kay Becker, an attorney and state legislator, challenges the Dworkin and MacKinnon
anti-pornography/civil rights legislation being put before Bellingham, Washington,
- 25-26. Andrea Dworkin. October 14, 1988.
Scope and Contents: 2 tapes. 95 minutes. Dworkin refers to the previous day's debate with Mary Kay Becker,
and addresses topics such as pornography, zoning laws and pornography, pornography
as an industry, and the Bellingham, Washington ordinance.
- 27. Andrea Dworkin, "On Human Dignity." 1988.
Scope and Contents: 45 minutes. Dworkin speaks to an audience about abused women, prostitution, trafficking
in women, and pornography's place in a democracy.
- 29. National Coalition Against Sexual Assault speech; KGNU interview, Denver (Colorado).
Scope and Contents: 60 minutes. Side 1: July 14, 1990. In a speech to the coaltion and Take Back the Night
marchers, Dworkin talks about Ted Bundy, the L'École Polytechnique massacre in Montréal,
the Central Park jogger rape case, the "Preppy Killer," the Elizabeth Morgan trial,
and the link between pornography and rape. Side 2: July 15, 1990. During her radio
interview with KGNU, Dworkin discusses being blacklisted by the media and publishing
companies, how the National Hate Crimes Act excludes gender-based violence, and her
books, Right-wing Women and Letters from a War Zone.
- 30-31. Andrea Dworkin, Montréal. December 7, 1990. 2 tapes.
Scope and Contents: 90 minutes. On a panel at the University of Montréal, Dworkin talks about the one-year
anniversary of L'École Polytechnique massacre, the private nature of violence against
women, and the social meaning of masculinity.
For a transcript, see MC 540, #83.7.
- 32. Andrea Dworkin speech. July 16, 1992.
Scope and Contents: 50 minutes. At Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, Dworkin talks about
the feminists' report to the Carter administration, Rosie Jimenez, and the link between
sexual abuse and pornography.
For a transcript, see MC 540, #91.1.
- 36. Walter Gordon Forum, April 2, 1995.
Scope and Contents: 20 minutes. At the Massey College Fifth Walter Gordon Forum in Toronto, Ontario, Dworkin
speaks about challenges to and changes in rape laws and how the women's movement fails
abused and poor women.
For a transcript, see MC 540, #83.8.
- 37. [Unidentified talk, ca.1979.]
Scope and Contents: 40 minutes. Dworkin, speaking to an audience of lawyers, about sexual harassment laws
and the twentieth anniversary of the publication of MacKinnon's book, Sexual Harassment of Working Women (1979).
- 39. Take Back the Night March and Speak-out. n.d.
Scope and Contents: 20 minutes. Dworkin discusses the L'École Polytechnique massacre in Montréal, the
Central Park jogger rape case, the "Preppy Killer," a series of murders of prostitutes
in United States cities, and makes connections between violent pornography, trafficking
in women, and the rise in serials killings.
- Series II. INTERVIEWS, 1984-1991 (#43-55)
- 43. [Al] Angeloro/Dworkin. June 10, 1984.
Scope and Contents: 60 minutes. On a WNBC radio talk show in New York City, New York, Dworkin discusses
censorship, obscenity laws, and her and Catharine MacKinnon's anti-pornography legislation.
Dworkin also talks about the difficulty she faced in getting letters to the editors
- 44. Interview for CFUV 102FM, Victoria, British Columbia, Sept. 22, 1989 with Ann McCorquodale.
Scope and Contents: 45 minutes. Dworkin talks about her role as a radical and a feminist, her life as
a writer and influences, the current state of the feminist movement, and the Minneapolis
- 45. WNYC. New York & Co. December 12, 1989, Leonard Lopate.
Scope and Contents: 45 minutes. On a New York, New York, radio program, Dworkin talks about her book,
Letters from a War Zone, the Minneapolis and Bellingham initiatives, literary criticism, and the prevalence
of abuse and poverty among women who act in pornography.
- 46-47. Trading with the Enemy. December 20, 1989.
Scope and Contents: 2 tapes. 120 minutes. British radio program. Program one: Dworkin discusses women
being valued for their sexual currency and the pleasure men find in masochistic women.
Program two: Dworkin discusses sexual taboos and difficulties in getting information
about abuse. She also addresses disassociating intercourse from sexuality, and promoting
trust between men and women as individuals. The date provided may be the duplication
date and not the air date.
- 48. Dallas talk show. 1989.
Scope and Contents: 45 minutes. Dworkin discusses her book, Letters from a War Zone, poverty and women, inequity in pay between the sexes, and other topics.
For a transcript, see MC 540, #82.5.
- 49. WBAI (New York), Carletta Walker. March 12-13, 1990.
Scope and Contents: 120 minutes. Source tape for a radio interview in which Dworkin talks about her book,
Letters from a War Zone, the etymological root of the word "pornography" and the historical evolution of
pornography and prostitution from ancient Greece to mail-order brides. She also discusses
the connection between pornography and rape, and how pornography and fetishism disrupts
- 50. Andrea Dworkin is the in-Studio guest on the KS95 Morning Show with Mark Otto, Kim
Jeffries and Rob Carson. March 25, 1997.
Scope and Contents: 40 minutes. On a radio program in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Dworkin discusses the decline
in use of the term "women's liberation," the Nicole Brown Simpson murder, rape legislation,
and women arming themselves, the Minneapolis ordinance, and her book, Intercourse.
- 52. Andrea Dworkin, WBCN. n.d.
Scope and Contents: 30 minutes. Dworkin, on a radio program in Boston, Massachusetts, discusses her book,
Intercourse, the legal mandates for heterosexual versus homosexual intercourse, and an analysis
of terminology for intercourse in literature.
- 53. Dworkin interviews. n.d.
Scope and Contents: 80 minutes. During a radio program called Women Hold Up Half the Sky on KALX in Berkeley, California, Dworkin discusses the Minneapolis ordinance, her
book Intercourse, difficulties getting published in the United States, and the Meese Commission on
- 54. Golde Hours O.P.B. Bob Griggs. n.d.
Scope and Contents: 25 minutes. Dworkin is interviewed on a Portland, Oregon, radio program called Northwest Perspectives and discusses International Women's Day, the Council For Prostitution Alternatives,
the serial killing of prostitutes in the United States, etc.
- 55. KABC Talkradio AM 790. n.d.
Scope and Contents: 40 minutes. On a radio program in Los Angeles, California, Dworkin discusses her book,
Mercy, the William Kennedy Smith rape case, and her career, etc.
- Series III. PUBLIC READINGS AND SYLVIA DWORKIN'S FUNERAL SERVICE, 1976-1990 (#56-62)
- 58. Andrea Dworkin, SF Cody's. January 15, 1990.
Scope and Contents: 105 minutes. At a bookstore in San Francisco, California, Dworkin reads from Letters from a War Zone, discusses the difficulties she has faced getting published in the United States,
and misconceptions about her views on censorship.
- Series IV. TEACHING, 1983 (#63-80)
For materials related to this course, see MC 540, #92.6-93.13.
- 65. Tape#4, Andrea, Kitty. Fall 1983.
Scope and Contents: 120 minutes. Dworkin discusses the film, Snuff, protests, and trying to get lawyers to support their efforts.
Authors, American--20th century
Authors and publishers
Erotic literature, French
Fetishism (Sexual behavior)
Freedom of the press--United States--Public opinion
Jewish men--United States
Jewish women--United States
Male domination (Social structure)
Pornography--Law and legislation.
Pornography--Law and Legislation--Indiana--Indianapolis
Pornography--Law and Legislation--Minnesota--Minneapolis
Pornography--Law and legislation--Washington--Bellingham
Publishers and publishing
Sex discrimination against women
United States. Attorney General's Commission on Pornography
Women--Legal status, laws, etc.--United States
Women political activists
Women--United States--Social conditions
Dworkin, Andrea. Intercourse
Dworkin, Andrea. Letters from a war zone
Dworkin, Andrea. Mercy
Dworkin, Andrea. New woman's broken heart
Dworkin, Andrea. Right-wing women
MacKinnon, Catharine A.
Rush, Florence, 1918-2008
Stratten, Dorothy, 1960-1980