|Born||Katherine Karen Dunn
October 24, 1945
Garden City, Kansas, U.S.
|Died||May 11, 2016
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
|Cause of death||Lung cancer|
|Alma mater||Reed College|
|Notable work||Geek Love|
This idea that males are physically aggressive and females are not has distinct drawbacks for both sexes.
Training of female athletes is so new that the limits of female possibility are still unknown.
American culture is torn between our long romance with violence and our terror of the devastation wrought by war and crime and environmental havoc.
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.
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.
Let's just say, the American school of suburban angst is not my cup of tea.
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.
Asked why they wanted to fight, the young women said they enjoyed it, just as some men and boys do.
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.
But the idea that women can't take care of themselves still permeates our culture.
Prior to penicillin and medical research, death was an everyday occurrence. It was intimate.
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.
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.
But the animation has become very good, and I think that a movie is not a book, and a book is not a movie.
I have been a believer in the magic of language since, at a very early age, I discovered that some words got me into trouble and others got me out.
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.
I know if I were in your generation I would be really tired of seeing Sophia Loren as a sex object.
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.
But I think everybody should write. I think those people with stories who don't write should be stomped on.
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.