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Bader, Eleanor J. Review of Feminism Unmodified, by Catharine A. MacKinnon. Humanist 49, no. 1 (January-February 1989): 41-2.

Bader asserts that the controversy surrounding Feminism Unmodified functions to spark debate on feminist issues.

Baer, Judith A. Review of Toward a Feminist Theory of the State, by Catharine A. MacKinnon. Journal of Politics 52, no. 3 (August 1990): 1010-13.

Baer offers a mixed assessment of Toward a Feminist Theory of the State.

Bart, Pauline B. Review of Feminism Unmodified, by Catharine A. MacKinnon. American Journal of Sociology 95, no. 2 (September 1989): 538-39.

Bart elucidates the unifying thematic concerns of Feminism Unmodified.

Beatt, Mark F. Review of Sexual Harassment of Working Women, by Catharine A. MacKinnon. American Journal of Sociology 87 (September 1981): 510.

Beatt argues that Sexual Harassment of Working Women represents “the first comprehensive treatment of both the social and the legal issues raised by sexual harassment.”

Brown, Wendy. Review of Feminism Unmodified, by Catharine A. MacKinnon. Political Theory 17, no. 3 (August 1989): 489-92.

Brown discusses the role of sexuality and sexual theory in Feminism Unmodified.

———. “Consciousness Razing.” Nation 250, no. 2 (8 January 1990): 61-4.

Brown deems the arguments in Toward a Feminist Theory of the State dated and maintains that “the fervent, often vicious political sectarian in MacKinnon limits not only her appeal but also the motion and application of her indisputable intelligence.”

Ciulla, Joanne B. “Feminism Unleashed.” Psychology Today 21, no. 9 (September 1987): 68-9.

Ciulla contends that “it takes either a disciple or a charitable reader to dig through MacKinnon's circuitous reasoning and angry rhetoric for the nuggets of truth” in Feminism Unmodified.

Douglas, Lawrence. “The Force of Words: Fish, Matsuda, MacKinnon, and the Theory of Discursive Violence.” Law and Society Review 29, no. 1 (February 1995): 169-90.

Douglas examines MacKinnon's challenges to the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution in Only Words.

Ferguson, Frances. “Pornography: The Theory.” Critical Inquiry 21, no. 3 (spring 1995): 670-95.

Ferguson addresses the opposition to MacKinnon's position on pornography and explores the connection between pornography and action that is central to her theory.

Morgenstern, Naomi. “‘There Is Nothing Else Like This’: Sex and Citation in Pornographic Feminism.” Genders, no. 25 (1997): 39-67.

Morgenstern links MacKinnon's theoretical writing with the fiction of Andrea Dworkin.

Pateman, Carole. “Sex and Power.” Ethics 100, no. 2 (January 1990): 398-407.

Pateman identifies the flaws in MacKinnon's feminist theory in Feminism Unmodified.

Ring, Jennifer. “Saving Objectivity for Feminism: MacKinnon, Marx, and Other Possibilities.” Review of Politics 49, no. 4 (fall 1987): 467-89.

Ring considers the concept of objectivity in MacKinnon's feminist theories.

Romano, Carlin. “Between the Motion and the Act.” Nation 257, no. 16 (15 November 1993): 563-64, 566-68, 570.

Romano examines MacKinnon's place within the anti-pornography movement and contends that, in her study Only Words, she exhibits “a sensibility so soaked in gender hatred, and so convinced of foolish generalizations about male psychology, that she threatens to become the Lyndon LaRouche of sexual discrimination law.”

Stark, Cynthia A. “Is Pornography an Action?: The Causal vs. the Conceptual View of Pornography's Harm.” Social Theory and Practice 23, no. 2 (summer 1997): 277-307.

Stark clarifies the difference between the causal and conceptual perspectives of the feminist debate on pornography and situates MacKinnon's theories within the controversy.

Additional coverage of MacKinnon's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Contemporary Authors, Vols. 128, 132; Contemporary Authors New Revision Series, Vol. 73; Feminist Writers; Literature Resource Center; and Major 20th-Century Writers, Ed. 2.

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