D. A. Clarke
|This biographical article relies on references to primary sources. (June 2010)|
D. A. Clarke (also known as De Clarke and DeAnander) is a radical feminist essayist and activist in the United States of America 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
- 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)
- Clarke, D.A. (2004), "Prostitution for everyone: feminism, globalisation and the 'sex' industry", in Whisnant, Rebecca; Stark, Christine, Not for sale: feminists resisting prostitution and pornography, North Melbourne, Victoria: Spinifex Press, pp. 206–209, ISBN 9781876756499
- "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
- DA Clarke's Personal Homepage
- Feral Scholar (Shared blog of Stan Goff and DeAnander)
- Lazy Quote Diary (D.A. Clarke's blog at European Tribune)
- U Dayton Discussion: R Whisnant class: Chat with readers of "Why is Beauty On Parade" (archived at Archive.org)
- Text of D.A. Clarke's poem privilege, published in 1981
- Feminista! : "Do Men Need Prostitution?" (archived at Archive.org)
- Feminista! : "What is Feminism?" (archived at Archive.org)
- Feminista! : "Necro-Feminism" (with J C Page) (archived at Archive.org)
- NoStatusQuo: Justice Is A Woman With A Sword
- NoStatusQuo: Consuming Passions: Some Thoughts on History, Sex, and Free Enterprise
- Z Magazine: "Scandals of Sexual Greed: The Catholic Church and pedophiles" (archived at Archive.org)
- The Nader Dilemma
- What is Beauty Anyway?
- Political Exposure: The Breast
- Out in the Redwoods: De Clarke, interview by Irene Reti, 2002.