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D. A. Clarke (also known as De Clarke and DeAnander) is a radical feminist essayist and activist in the United States of Americamarker since 1980. Much of her writing addresses the link between violence against women and market economics, although she may be best known for her 1991 essay "Justice Is A Woman with a Sword". In that essay, which she has updated twice for editions of the anthology Transforming a Rape Culture, she argues that feminist theory has taken a dogmatic approach to nonviolence and that women's self-defense, violent feminist activism, and the encouragement of positive media portrayals of violent women (such as in Kill Bill or Xena: Warrior Princess) have not been given the serious consideration they should receive and that their dismissal from mainstream feminism, while it may ultimately be desirable, has not been based on a properly thorough analysis. Her most popular work, however, may be the one least often correctly attributed to her: the early poem privilege, which has been found on dorm refrigerators and bulletin boards ascribed to 'Anonymous.' In this case, at least, Anonymous really was a woman.

In addition to being published in print anthologies, much of her work has appeared online. Clarke also had brief visibility as an amateur/indie musician, with one album "messages" released on cassette in the mid 80's.

Works by D.A. Clarke

Print Media

  • editor/consultant for Stan Goff's book Sex & War 2006
  • "Justice Is A Woman with a Sword: Some Thoughts on Women, Feminism, and Violence", essay published in Transforming a Rape Culture (ISBN 1-57131-269-2)
  • "Prostitution for everyone: Feminism, globalisation and the 'sex' industry", essay published in Not for Sale: Feminists Resisting Prostitution And Pornography (ISBN 1-876756-49-7)
  • "Consuming Passions: Some Thoughts on History, Sex, and Free Enterprise", essay published in Unleashing Feminism: Critiquing Lesbian Sadomasochism in the Gay Nineties/a Collection of Radical Feminist Writings (ISBN 0-939821-04-4)
  • "Whose Tale is This?" film review of 'The Handmaid's Tale,' published in off our backs June 1990 p 12
  • "Moving Expenses" short story published in Sinister Wisdom #38 (1989)
  • To Live With the Weeds (Herbooks 1985, 1987) is a solo collection of poetry
  • "Stack o Wheats: An Exercise in Issues" essay published in Fight Back, feminist anthology, eds. Delacoste and Newman, 1984
  • "The Evidence of Pain" essay published in Exposure magazine, 1982

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