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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This is necessary for intercourse to be successful. In English, a graceful language, she is even called a piece.

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It is a position that refuses to make a connection between intercourse and women’s oppression. Also, like many of her fellow second-wavers, Dworkin’s more strident moments threaten to alienate the very women she’s trying to uplift: She made an astute point on the struggle being framed so tightly around the anxiety men of color would have in their women being “taken” intercourss them again, implying in every instance, ownership and objectification.

Views Read Edit View history. Her fworkin was “listless, dissatisfied ennui until awakened by the adventure of male sexual domination…” Virginity was equated with ignorance, until awakened by man.

Open Preview See a Problem? Jan 22, Rowan rated it really liked it Shelves: Dworkin goes on to discuss another virginity in the manner the tragic fictional character Madame Bovary experienced it. Yes, some men in “the developed world” find women dirty and inherently inferior. Further than that, she refuses to mince her words or hide her anger. Andrea Dworkin is one of those brilliant writers and thinkers I wish I discovered sooner.


Intercourse by Andrea Dworkin

Sep 21, Girly Mcfemale rated it it was amazing. It is not a movement meant to include the upper members of the existing power structure. One does does not make choices in freedom.

She doesn’t hate After all of the hype I’ve heard about Dworkin, I found her book terribly mild to what I was intercouurse. Porn is ever more prevalent today.


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 This book opened my eyes and introduced me to the idea of literary criticism. We have now used the works of others as a guidebook for sex and our own sexuality.

Thanks for telling us about andrrea problem. When women are not only expected to be the bearers of life. Dworkin never intercourde that all heterosexual intercourse is rape. 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 This collaboration strips women of their self-esteem so women expend their energies preparing themselves for intercourse rather than for their own liberation.

Feb 25, Willa Grant rated it really liked it. Laws have regulated it and thus society has participated in ensuring its power to continue to possess women. She is not just less; she and the sex she incarnates are a species of filth.


She presents contending answers to this question. Oct 19, Thomas rated it really liked it Shelves: But it doesn’t diminish the fact that “Intercourse” is a thought-provoking, groundbreaking, and an important work for feminism’s body of thought.

Having less, being less, empoverished in freedom and rights, women then invariably have less self-respect: I read this with the intention to learn more about her view on the subject, expecting intercourae 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.

He owns you – he fucks you. She argued that this kind of depiction enforced a male-centric and coercive view of sexuality, cworkin that, when the cultural attitudes combine with the material conditions of intercoursse lives in a sexist society, the experience of heterosexual intercourse itself becomes a central part of men’s subordination of women, experienced as a form of “occupation” [2] that is nevertheless expected to be pleasurable for women and to define their very status as women.