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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 I can totally see why her impact on the feminist movement and the wider debates around sexuality and pornography in contemporary society was so significant. There is no analogue in occupied countries or in dominated races or in imprisoned dissidents or in colonialized cultures or in the submission of children to adults or in the atrocities that have marked the twentieth century ranging from Auschwitz to the Gulag.

Restraint is a key to power

Dworkin refuses to write from the feminine posture of one knee bent in deference to the powers that be. This is especially evident in laws governing intercourse that is the most vital in maintaining gender as a “social absolute. Being owned intercpurse being fucked are or have been virtually synonymous experiences in the lives of woman.

To ask other readers questions about Intercourseplease sign up. I often found myself thinking and saying out loud from time to time”what the hell does that sentence even mean? Instead, she incessantly quotes and references ad nauseum, other works written by other people. You expect a book to suck, it’s probably gonna suck until you change your attitude.

This is a perfect example of why I oppose andra ideals. As a liberal feminist, I was fully aware of the mythos surrounding Dworkin and what a derisive figure she was. If anything, the book is pro-sex. Believing that her power emanated from her virginity, she was stripped of her male clothes, returned to prison and was possibly sexually violated by soldiers to put her in her place — a woman therefore an inferior being.

Her genitals are also interccourse in the metaphoric sense: Dworkin nails this point in subtext on every page. I think it’s a great lesson for men to submit! All sex is rape under the constraints of patriarchy, which therefore means it can change for the better if patriarchy gets the proper boot.



She asserts that this is not because intercourse is not any less violative than other brutalities. Intercourse Cover of the first edition. Men too make choices.

Women live inside this reality of being owned and being fucked: 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. The power deficit is maintained, she argues, through men’s handling of sex. I don’t want to summarize Dworkin for fear that I would add to the rampant misunderstanding around what she has written and said.

Or maybe we never want to admit to being a part of a problem, intentionally or otherwise. It has been both derided and lauded. Lucid, articulate and unapologetic, this analysis of intercourse within the power structures of patriarchy is as relevant to Indians today as it was to the world when it was originally published.

The insult that hurt her—inferiority as an assault, ongoing since birth—is seen as a consequence, not a cause, of her so-called nature, an inferior nature. However, this aside, the points are important and extremely valid in today’s society.

There is no other way to attack the subject matter. Is male-to-female penetration qualitatively different from female-to-female penetration, or is penetration, penetration every time with all its corresponding “ills”?

She doesn’t hate After all of the hype I’ve heard about Dworkin, I found her book terribly mild to what I was expecting.

Even if you don’t agree with some of the conclusions she reaches, her writing style alone is incredibly unique. The thrusting is dwor,in invasion. In the last part of the book, “Power, Status and Hate,” Dworkin further reinforces this belief. Women in Action WiA WiA carries in-depth articles on issues facing women globally from a feminist perspective. In the case of the late Andrea Dworkin’s endlessly provocative work on the place of the sex act in the power struggle between men and women, neither of these responses can really apply.


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. It is not a movement meant to include intercohrse upper members of the existing power structure. Women may abstain from sex to protect themselves, but men abstain from sex to underline their right to either take it or leave it. Dworkin also talks about actions that have been taken to tilt the balance in favor of women.

INTERCOURSE by Andrea Dworkin

It’s fun to be shocked by inanity and dissect it with someone who sees the world the same way I do. Isis International realised it is essential to initially find out to what extent or if any at intercpurse do peace advocates include or consider women and gender in their peace work with from ICCO foundation, Isis carried out a study on women peacemakers in the Philippines.

Perhaps we really are a culture that secretly loves to be offended.

Andrea Dworkin is one of those brilliant writers and thinkers I wish I discovered sooner. It calls for both men and women to have the freedom to be fully human. WiA carries in-depth articles on issues facing women globally from a feminist perspective. What she is arguing is that in our present society, the notion of heterosexual intercourse is so fully intertwined with patriarchal fantasies of domination, invasion, and conquest that we can scarcely imagine sex between men and women without it; if it seems like she’s saying all sex is rape, that’s only because she’s asking us to imagine a different kind of sex entirely something this book’s fiercest critics seem to be incapable, or unwilling, of doing.