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King Kong Theory
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
7.5"x5", 160p, paperback
"Blistering with anger, and so precisely phrased that it feels an injustice to summarize it." -Nadja Spiegelman, The New York Review of Books
I'm writing as an ugly chick and for the ugly chicks, the frigid, the unfucked and the unfuckables, for all those girls who who are excluded from the marketplace of hot girls, 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 that gets waved about in front us, 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 Vernon Subutex came to be Virginie Despentes. Drawing from personal experience, Despentes shatters received ideas about rape and prostitution, and explodes common attitudes about sex and gender. An autobiography, a call for revolt, a manifesto for a new punk feminism, King Kong Theory is Despentes's most beloved and reviled work, and is here made available again in a brilliant new translation by Frank Wynne.