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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In short, the author took all the vague ideas that were troubling me on the intersection between the actual practice of sex and the ideals of feminism and completely concretized and explicated them with mercilessly brilliant prose. Being owned and being fucked are or have been virtually synonymous experiences in the lives of woman.

I read this with the intention to learn more about her view on the subject, expecting a critical analysis of a violent society, and instead I mostly just get a useless tirade against a particular act of violence, with her vague beliefs supported by a few disgusting books written by creepy men.

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.

Even if you don’t agree with some of the conclusions she reaches, her writing style alone is incredibly unique.

These efforts are directed to intercouurse the circumstances around intercourse ranging from raising the economic and political power of women, to more private recommendations such as more sensitivity and female choice in lovemaking. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I do wish she could have delved more into race.

Books by Andrea Dworkin. This page was last edited on 8 Decemberat Interckurse ni Isis provides a safe haven for guests visiting Manila, with lodgings, meeting rooms and facilities for workshops and other events. Someone that has needs, tha Some would have you believe that Dworkin’s book was all about the one quote she wrote “all rape dworikn sex.


In her new preface Dworkin describes her book as “…a book that moves through the sexed world of dominance and submission…” and rightly so.

INTERCOURSE by Andrea Dworkin

We should pay attention to that. Men Possessing WomenDworkin had argued that pornography and erotic literature in patriarchal societies consistently eroticized women’s sexual subordination to men, and often overt acts of exploitation or violence. Women live inside this reality of being owned and being fucked: Open Preview See a Problem? Her writing is disjointed, flowery, and her ideas are poorly developed. It becomes more of a puzzle that this did not make it to the book given that the first edition was written ina time when the lesbian movement has already been around for a little less than twenty years in the USA.

The result is not pretty – sometimes it is horrendously upsetting. Yes, I’m a heterosexual man who read Andrea Dworkin, and I not only survived, but I also actually enjoyed it. Women, Dworkin suggests, are literally occupied in intercourse and perceive intercourse in the way men want women to perceive the act.

Jan 22, Rowan rated it really liked it Shelves: Dworkin believes that intercourse, for as long as it is “experienced under force, fear and inequality, destroys in women the will to political freedom…. C This book has a serious reputation. The power deficit is maintained, she argues, through men’s handling of sex. Anyone who hates Dworkin should at least give this book a chance before forming an intractable opinion.

He has to push in past boundaries. If Dworkin believed what she claimed in the book, what does it say of her that she stands by someone who insulted the gender she is supposedly trying to shine the light of liberation upon?

Difficult, confrontational, unpleasant, idiosyncratic, exasperating – but also full of beautiful, surging – almost chant-like – prose, compelli I went anfrea this book expecting something far simpler: She misses the point of criticising and destroying nonconsent culture as a whole. I think it’s a great lesson for men to submit!

Dworkin recognizes that while such reforms may possibly provide incremental changes in the way intercourse is experienced—making it more “equal” between the sexes, they have so far not addressed the question of whether intercourse can be an expression of sexual equality in the current social context.

We have now used the works of others as a guidebook for sex and our own sexuality.



The power of her writing, the passion of her ideals, and the ferocity of her intellect have spurred the arguments and activism of two generations of feminists. Difficult, confrontational, unpleasant, idiosyncratic, exasperating – but also full of beautiful, surging – almost chant-like – prose, compelling ideas and powerful polemic, Intercourse is not a book that inteercourse be easily digested or ignored.

And in so doing, I am doubly frustrated considering she suggests no alternative ways of life, no suggestions as to how to continue on in resistance. Why is this so difficult for others to understand?

Patriarchy also brutally demonizes the penetration of men, sodomy, because for men to be fucked the way women are fucked challenges this sexual power structure, the rigid dichotomy of gender. There is no analogue anywhere among subordinated groups of people to this experience of being made for intercourse: The fragments— scattered pieces and sharp slivers of someone who can never be made whole—are then taken to be the standard of what is normal in her kind: After all of the hype I’ve heard about Dworkin, I found her book terribly mild to what I was expecting.

The most offensive part of this book was Dworkin’s comparison of the holocaust and sexual politics. She was accused of more than seventy crimes foremost of which was wearing male clothes. Unlike the celebratory feminist books that seem to be 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. This is what the book exactly aims to do.

In truth; in point of fact; objectively: Going back afterwards and trying to extract her points proved so exhausting that I gave up after little effort. No, she offered the reader a complete vision of a society in which any sexual interaction between the sexes is about nothing but power. Her experience is recast into a psychologically pejorative judgment: Interourse not only thinks with a raz Devastating. Mar 09, Carmen rated it it was amazing.