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Katherine Dunn
1945 -
Nationality: American
Category: Novelist
Subcategory: American Novelist

Asked why they wanted to fight, the young women said they enjoyed it, just as some men and boys do.


In our struggle to restrain the violence and contain the damage, we tend to forget that the human capacity for aggression is more than a monstrous defect, that it is also a crucial survival tool.


I know if I were in your generation I would be really tired of seeing Sophia Loren as a sex object.


I think that it's really important to go away and come back.


Prior to penicillin and medical research, death was an everyday occurrence. It was intimate.


American culture is torn between our long romance with violence and our terror of the devastation wrought by war and crime and environmental havoc.


The second is the structure and source of cults. They have always haunted me, and I wanted to explore the fundamental notion of giving up responsibility to an outside power.


The more potent, unasked question is how society at large reacts to eager, voluntary violence by females, and to the growing evidence that women can be just as aggressive as men.


But the idea that women can't take care of themselves still permeates our culture.


We're also far enough from the publishing power that we have no access to the politics of publishing, although there are interpersonal politics, of course.


Perhaps the strongest evidence that women have as broad and deep a capacity for physical aggression as men is anecdotal. And as with men, this capacity has expressed itself in acts from the brave to the brutal, the selfless to the senseless.


But I think everybody should write. I think those people with stories who don't write should be stomped on.


This idea that males are physically aggressive and females are not has distinct drawbacks for both sexes.


I come from a family of great readers and storytellers.


And while national military forces have historically resisted the full participation of women soldiers, female talent has found plenty of scope in revolutionary and terrorist groups around the planet.


Well, it arose out of two long-term concerns - the first being the possibility of genetic manipulation, nature versus nurture, what constitutes how people get to be how they are.


But the animation has become very good, and I think that a movie is not a book, and a book is not a movie.


What I think happens, and that you have to acknowledge though, is that a director uses a book as a launching pad for his own work and that's always very flattering.


The intense campaigns against domestic violence, rape, sexual harassment, and inequity in the schools all too often depend on an image of women as weak and victimized.


Training of female athletes is so new that the limits of female possibility are still unknown.


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