D. A. Clarke

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D. A. Clarke
Pen nameDe Clarke or DeAnander
Literary movementRadical feminism
Years active1980–present
Notable workJustice Is A Woman With A Sword

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D. A. Clarke (also known as De Clarke and DeAnander) is an American radical feminist essayist and activist, notable for her development of feminist theory, and for the anonymous poem privilege.


Much of Clarke's 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".[1] 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.'[2] 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.

Selected bibliography[edit]


  • Clarke, D.A. (1981). Banshee. Portland, Maine: Peregrine Press.
Preview poem: Clarke, D.A. (1981). "privilege". NoStatusQuo. Nikki Craft.

Chapters in books[edit]

See also:
"Introduction" to chapter by Diana E. H. Russell pp. 325-327.
"The incredible case of the Stack o' Wheat prints" by Nikki Craft pp. 327-331.
"The rampage against Penthouse" by Melissa Farley pp. 339-345.
  • Clarke, D.A. (2004), "Prostitution for everyone: feminism, globalisation and the 'sex' industry", in Whisnant, Rebecca; Stark, Christine (eds.), Not for sale: feminists resisting prostitution and pornography, North Melbourne, Victoria: Spinifex Press, pp. 206–209, ISBN 9781876756499.
  • Clarke, D.A. (2005), "Justice is a woman with a sword: some thoughts on women, feminism, and violence", in Buchwald, Emilie; Fletcher, Pamela; Roth, Martha (eds.), Transforming a rape culture (2nd ed.), Minneapolis, Minnesota: Milkweed Editions, pp. 311–322, ISBN 9781571312693.

Journal articles[edit]


See also: Whisnant, Rebecca. "Rebecca Whisnant class: chat with readers of "Why is Beauty On Parade"". University of Dayton. Archived from the original on February 4, 2005. (archived at Archive.org, archive date 4 February 2005)


  • Reti, Irene (2004), "Interview with D.A. Clarke", in Reti, Irene (ed.), Out in the redwoods: documenting gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender history at the University of California, Santa Cruz 1965-2003, Santa Cruz: Santa Cruz, California: Regional History Project, University Library, University of California, ISBN 9780972334310.
A documentary oral history project.



  1. ^ Clarke, D.A. (1991). "Justice is a woman with a sword". NoStatusQuo. Nikki Craft.
  2. ^ Clarke, D.A. (1981), "privilege", in Clarke, D.A. (ed.), Banshee, Portland, Maine: Peregrine Press.

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