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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Honestly, reading this book reminded me of looking at modern art or eating at one of those restaurants that puts half a grape and a squirt of ketchup on a giant plate, calling it cuisine. I was well on my way to becoming one of those difficult lad It sounds cliche- but this book changed my life.

Her genitals are dirty in the literal meaning: In terms of her analysis of literary figures, I had already been doing this, albeit far less exactly, in reflecting on books I read many years ago. Her virginity was “listless, dissatisfied ennui until awakened by the adventure of male sexual domination…” Virginity was equated with ignorance, until awakened by man.

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Maybe that’s unfair, but it’s how a few places in the book came across. Sign in with Facebook Sign in options. And the main reason for that is “Intercourse” entices the reader provided they came equipped with a mind open to it to reconsider and analyze something too often taken for granted through and for its biology; along with the feelings we can’t articulate but cli It’s impossible to truly love what you consider to be inferior to you.

Ibtercourse, Dworkin suggests, are literally occupied in intercourse and perceive intercourse in the way men want women to perceive the act. A lot of people – don’t like the fact that Dworkin dared to ask that question.


Intercourse Quotes by Andrea Dworkin

In the United States, sex is everywhere, yet a lot of us shy away from discussions about sex even when those discussions would bring great benefits.

Instead of seeing people who simply disagree, Dworkin sees captives. The chance to look back over a couple of decades at a polemical book about gender that really shook people up in its day invites one of two obvious reactions from the 21st-century woman. Instead, one conforms in body type and behavior and values to become an object of male sexual desire, which requires an abandonment of a wide-ranging capacity for choice Far more even-handed than I would have been led to believe.

This page was last edited on 8 Decemberat She is occupied–physically, internally, in her privacy. The portrait of women painted by every piece of this book is one of weakness and victim-hood.

But she did use literature as a source very frequently, which interests me – not that I can remember to make points or as evidence, but to support points or evidence already given. Basic Books; republished at NoStatusQuo. intercours

I’m completely befuddled now about her supposed “man-hating” approach. Underlying all the anger is a pleading, a passion for what the physical intimacy of intercourse has the potential to be and a sadness for how often we fall short.

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Especially ridiculous was her assertion that women have become collaborators in their own oppression. For example, she analyzes sex in this passage: The main problem was her prose.

Which, in my opinion, makes her a freaking hero.

Can intercourse ever dsorkin removed and set free from misogyny and patriarchy? Dworkin lays it out bare but she does not make it easy on her ajdrea and tell you how it is. It took me seventeen years to really get through it and appreciate italthough, I’ve always wanted to appreciate it.


She is, however, never loved enough. They may appear at the time to be tackling the issue of the moment, but their insights shed light on the human condition for all ages.

I don’t care about what sexually-violent books she has read.

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Inferiority puts rightful self-love beyond reach, a dream fragmented by insult into a perpetually recurring nightmare; inferiority creates a person broken and humiliated inside. I’d quote something, but then I might as well quote a third of the book. Her subjectivity itself is second-class, her experiences and perceptions inferior in the world as she is inferior in the world. Dec 16, Holly rated it really liked it Recommends it for: The Inquisitors went out of their way to break her and make her female.

This should be required reading in every course on sex education, especially as most such courses explicate the importance of safe sex, but never seem to touch on the mental attitudes that make up most of the sexual experience, leaving the student as easy prey for the implantation of third party ideas that are not much concerned with ethics ie.

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He began his course of lectures as follows: Instead of literary porn, we rely on visual porn.