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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Published November 7th by Basic Books first published I was so excited to read this book Rat A radical feminist text that critiques how heterosexual sex often subjugates women within a patriarchal society.

Restraint is a key to power

Most women have experienced enough dominance from men—control, violence, insult, contempt—that no threat seems empty. Dworkin not only thinks with a razor-edged mind, andgea she is also a fantastic writer. Men manifest their hate for women by genital mutilation and intercourse.

That’s my motto in any aspect of literature.

It’s one thing to rationally disagree with her hey, we all think differentlybut to call her out on erroneous claims tells me either: The man is not possessed in fucking even though he is terrified of castration Interviewed by Michael Moorcock. Her virginity was “listless, dissatisfied dworkiin until awakened by the adventure of male sexual domination…” Virginity was equated with ignorance, until awakened by man.

While it is “easy” to read having been written in a lucid, scholarly manner without being highbrow, the book is difficult to comprehend. A lot of people intercoudse don’t like the fact that Dworkin dared to ask that question.

Especially ridiculous was her assertion that women have become collaborators in their own oppression. Further than that, she refuses to mince her words or hide her anger. But it doesn’t diminish the fact that “Intercourse” is a thought-provoking, groundbreaking, and an important work for feminism’s body of thought.

When women are andera only expected to be the bearers of life. Perhaps we really are a culture that secretly loves to be offended. Being owned and being fucked are or have been virtually synonymous experiences in the lives of woman.


To emphasise further, her writings are not about her attempt to fully formulate the criticism against the societal concept of sex in a violent society being sexual violence. Jun 25, Ronald Lett rated it really liked it Recommends it for: First, she says that some explanations contend that there is nothing implicit in sexual intercourse that mandates male domination of women.

A radical feminist text that critiques how heterosexual sex often subjugates women within a patriarchal society.

Open Preview See a Problem? Clearly grossly misinterpreted by would-be followers interocurse a level unlike anything that comes to mind other than the Bible. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. And, no, she doesn’t say all sex is rape. 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.

In English, a graceful language, she is even called a piece. I’m pretty interested in skimming through this, I’ve read a few excerpts and it’s markedly extremist so I don’t think I can viably get involved in it, but it’s the versing in the extremes that makes me feel more grounded in my own version of middle-ground.

Most men and a good number of women experience sexual pleasure in inequality. The penis evokes the turd in the rectum because the man has the experience of touching a membrane just like the rectal wall.

Merging feminist literary criticism with political polemic, Intercourse lays out a psycho-social-political analysis of heterosexual fucking, with chapters on Possession, Dirt, Law, Stigma, Virginity, Repulsion and Communion. The Inquisitors went out of their way to break her and make her female. Return to Book Page. I think it’s a solid book in a number of ways, and in terms of actual criticisms of theory the main one I have is that it handles intersections of race and feminism a bit oddly.


Dworkin stops being female in this book and suggests that all women must begin to stop being women as constructed by men, for their integrity and survival. Mar 16, Dylan Horrocks rated it really liked it Shelves: Dworkin rejected the interpretation that “All heterosexual intercourse is rape” as a grave misunderstanding of her work.

Since the paradigm for sex has been one of conquest, possession, and violation, I think many men believe they need an unfair advantage, which at its extreme would be called rape. It’s safe to say it was one of the most influential books I have ever read. At least she didn’t try to draw sweeping conclusions based on the content of novels.

Finally, she uses the r-word and similar words so often as to become a meaningless gimmick, incessant in what seems like a tic or tourettes. She misses the point of criticising and destroying nonconsent culture as a whole.

Intercourse Quotes by Andrea Dworkin

It is disturbing light, and she makes no excuse for casting it. The vagina itself is muscled and the muscles have to be pushed apart. It took me that long to understand itor at least to feel confident enough to say I understood it.

Intercourse by Andrea Dworkin. I went into this interdourse expecting something far simpler: Men have made it impossible for these women to be happy without their approval and participation.


Overall, a great book for those interested in radical feminism and understanding the ideas of an outspoken leader in the feminist movement. WiA carries in-depth articles on issues facing women globally from a feminist perspective. I thought Intercourse would enable me to deepen these reflexions.

So I’ve finally read a book by Dworkin.