12 quotes from Intercourse: ‘Being female in this world means having been robbed of the potential for human choice by men who love to hate us. One does d . INTERCOURSE by Andrea Dworkin. by Giney Villar. Intercourse, Dworkin’s monumental book on the complexities of sex, now on its tenth anniversary edition . Andrea Dworkin’s polemic account of gender relations, Intercourse, reveals real conviction, writes Vanessa Thorpe.

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But, should women’s status become elevated, can men enjoy having sex with their equals? Views Read Edit View history.

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Some would have you believe that Dworkin’s book was all about the one quote she wrote “all rape is sex. She outlines how laws have defined intercourse to ensure systemic male-domination and women’s subordination.

As a liberal feminist, I was fully aware of the mythos surrounding Dworkin and what a derisive figure she was.

It is sold to us as a product and the lives of the women are not intricately viewed as being an actress playing apart. During the late s and the s, she gained national fame as a spokeswoman for the feminist Andrea Rita Dworkin was an American radical feminist and writer best known for her criticism of pornography, which she argued was linked to rape and other forms of violence against women.

With a reputation such as that, how could I resist reading it? In this classic tale, women remained virgins no matter how many times they had sex, as long as their blood was not spilled.

To avoid stating her claim, I would delineate broadly that Intercourse is about having intercourse—that is, penile-vaginal, heterosexual, penetrative sex—in the patriarchy: Intercourse has also been understood as a form of possession. Can two women fuck? Unlike the celebratory feminist books that seem to inyercourse in vogue, Intercourse will appear to be the raving, uninvited gatecrasher to the polite little feminist discussions we have in the safety of our man-made edifices.


Books by Andrea Dworkin. No, she offered the reader a complete vision of a society in which any sexual interaction between the sexes is about nothing but power. Intercourse enraged as many inercourse as it inspired when it was first published in Andrwa not only thinks with lntercourse raz Devastating. There were a few moments that seemed like a fanciful way of saying “look I know racism is bad too but sexism is worse”.

The woman was brilliant. This page was last edited on 8 Decemberat You can take that opportunity or you can reject it and learn nothing.

It is necessary to be passionate because Dworkin argues against the denial of women’s existence. Yes, there are many places in the world today where women continue to be mistreated. In the process, women essentially lose themselves when they are taken over by men. She doesn’t hate men; she hates the men that perpetuate said patriarchy. But while this book is limited in scope and subject position, it is still an important contribution to feminist theory as an analysis of heterosexuality, even if only to illuminate the historical development of radical feminist thought.

Given its reputation, I was expecting hoping for something angrier and even more radical. View all 3 comments.

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Oct 08, Heather rated it did not like it. I’m pretty ok with this, unconventional as it seemed to me at least, who is neither widely read nor fishing for compliments. Therefore, what heterosexual sex means for and feels like andrrea women must be understood as a product of centuries of patriarchal andra. It is especially hard now. She is not just less; she and the sex she incarnates are a species of filth. Yes, I’m a heterosexual man who read Andrea Dworkin, and I not only survived, but I also actually enjoyed it.

Intercourse Quotes by Andrea Dworkin

Her genitals are also dirty in the metaphoric sense: She uses atrocity propaganda to make her point, doesn’t ever make her point, and ends abruptly.


It is a comfortable women-friendly space and a gathering place for many non-governmental organisations engaged in issues affecting women around the globe. Yet this does not mean that gaining access to sex is the same thing as gaining power. She is opened up, split down the center. As a believer in not sympathising with perpetrators and their potential past victimhood to the point of erasing another person’s survival, and a supporter of the concept that any violent and coercive person with genitals has the capacity to be sexually-violent, I find this implication highly disagreeable, highly incapacitating to the destruction of nonconsent culture and all its sexualised violence.

The Andrea Dworkin Online Library”. Dworkin’s eclecticism is bound to be frustrating for those who justifiably would like a less anvrea analysis of patriarchal ideology: Nov 21, Elizabeth rated it it was amazing. There were entire paragraphs I skipped over by checking back in to see if she was still making the same point using the same example just with synonyms.

Want to Read saving…. To make her submit. It’s not every person’s feminism, I don’t even agree with many of her anddrea personally, but it’s a voice that needs to be heard and respected, if nothing else, for its outright disgust with man-pleasing. It must be reciprocal and not an act of aggression from a man looking only to satisfy himself. I did not find the social science reasoning I was expecting, but instead a collection of drabbles on various pieces of literature written by men, without any convincing analysis.

Women, Dworkin suggests, are literally occupied in intercourse and xworkin intercourse in the way men want women to perceive the act. Or maybe we never want to admit to being a intercourss of a problem, intentionally or otherwise.

Can non-penile female-to-female penetration be considered intercourse?