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

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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


Preview poem: Clarke, D.A. (1981). "privilege". NoStatusQuo. Nikki Craft.

Chapters in books

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.

Journal articles


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 date 4 February 2005)


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.