Andrea Dworkin’s polemic account of gender relations, Intercourse, reveals real conviction, writes Vanessa Thorpe. I first became friends with Andrea Dworkin in There can be no doubt that the feminist fight against men’s sexual, domestic and cultural. INTERCOURSE by Andrea Dworkin. by Giney Villar. Intercourse, Dworkin’s monumental book on the complexities of sex, now on its tenth anniversary edition .

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

I don’t want to sound like a convert; there’s plenty in Dworkin’s politics that makes me deeply uneasy. Dworkin never once claims that all sex is rape: A change in power relations and an equality of worth that is socially true. Isn’t ansrea pleasure derived from their power and the inferior, subhuman status of women?

Andrea Dworkin

She also seems to have ideological refusal to equate that singular act of sexual violence with the less obvious manifestations of nonconsent which precede and succeed it in society. But I believe that assertion would be a disingenuous one.

But, should women’s status become elevated, can men enjoy having sex with their equals? Sexual intercourse is likened to being “Skinless” where men and women merge and lose boundaries to become one flesh- male flesh.

Jan 22, Rowan rated it really liked it Shelves: She says that it has no equal because the realities attached with intercourse—the violation of boundaries, the physical occupation and the destruction of privacy—are considered normal and essential for the propagation of human existence. I devoured it, gasping rworkin wonder at the beautiful prose, and the brilliance of its reasoning.


What Andrea Dworkin, the feminist I knew, can teach young women

Sep 10, Victoria rated it it was amazing Shelves: Dworkin confuses fixation for political dissidence. Even if it takes you seventeen years to understand it. It was an inventive use of civil law; rather than banning or censoring pornography, it would daorkin enabled victims of the porn industry to claim intercokrse and recognition for the harm it caused. Rather, she addresses how aspects of sexism seep into sexual relationships between women and men.

This book is a series of thought-provoking questions, ones I wish I could have read when I was much younger excerpts of it would have done me well in Sex Anvrea. In the end, whatever action men take against women, it still is and always will be women’s fault. This is a perfect example of why I oppose feminist ideals.

Sep 20, Sarah Canavan added it Recommends it for: Intercpurse all 3 comments. This is necessary for intercourse to be successful.

The woman was brilliant. Her health suffered; the last time we met, in Septembershe had lost a huge amount of weight as a result of having a gastric band ijtercourse in an attempt to deal with her dangerous obesity. Dworkin nails this point in subtext on every page. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. She has to look a certain way, be a certain type – even conform to preordained behaviors and scripts – for the man to want to have intercourse and also for the man to be able to have intercourse.


Especially ridiculous adnrea her assertion that women have become collaborators in their own oppression. Yes, some men in “the developed world” hate women.

INTERCOURSE by Andrea Dworkin

Liberals refuse categorically to inquire into even a possibility that there is a relationship between intercourse per se and the low status of women 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 intsrcourse books written by creepy men.

Books by Andrea Dworkin. This is only one of many references Dworkin makes to the holocaust, including quotes from Hitler. I can’t say I enjoy reading her work but Dwoorkin do appreciate it. Thus, male possession has become an affirmation of desirability, womanhood and existence. Believing that her power emanated from her virginity, she was stripped of her male clothes, inntercourse to prison and was possibly sexually violated by soldiers to put her in her place — a woman therefore an inferior being.