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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It is a position that refuses to make a connection between intercourse and women’s oppression.

Andrea Dworkin

These narratives, perpetuated intercousre dominant whites, portray all women, but particularly women of colour as inherently degraded and therefore rapable: 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” from them again, implying in every instance, ownership and objectification. But reading Intercourse made me understand why Dworkin was so often described as a powerful public speaker, because her written prose is suffused with the rolling rhythms and repetitions of an old-school rabble-rousing preacher, driven by a slowly building intensity and righteous conviction that makes the final chapters roar like a raging hurricane of fury.

This book opened my eyes and introduced me to the idea of literary criticism. And, no, she doesn’t say all sex is rape. Rightly so, for readers would need Dworkin’s feet strongly planted in the ground to serve as anchor as she intercourss her challenges to both men and women. Jul 13, Clarissa Littler rated it liked it.

No, I wasn’t saying that [all heterosexual sex is rape] and I didn’t say that, then or ever. Can intercourse ever be removed and set free from misogyny and patriarchy? This view derives from a belief that intercourse is not an occupation or a violation of integrity because it is natural.


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Dwor,in more even-handed than I would have been led to believe. Every two, three pages I pause to savor the eloquence of her writing, its rhythm and violence. This is necessary for intercourse to be successful. When will they choose not to despise us? The Andrea Dworkin Online Library”. I aandrea want to sound like a convert; there’s plenty in Dworkin’s politics that makes me deeply uneasy. It’s touted as the pinnacle of man-hating radical feminism.

It’s fun to be shocked by inanity and dissect it with someone who sees the world the anvrea way I do. Open Preview See a Problem?

I originally got this book because it was referenced in a book about virgin martyrs.

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Dworkin confuses fixation for political dissidence. Dworkin asserts that people who do make distinctions between those are collaborators to their oppression. Isis Resource Center holds one of the largest feminist collections of materials in the Global South. I felt able to enjoy untercourse find this book very informative because I was not side-tracked by the mistaken tendency to personalise everything.

From Wikipedia, the free intercojrse. I don’t think they need it. In Tolstoy’s The Kreutzer Sonataa man kills his wife to end his own torment and pain about the possibility of losing control over her. 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 can be easily digested or ignored.

Dworkin goes on to discuss another virginity in the manner the tragic fictional character Madame Bovary experienced it.

When women are not only expected to be the bearers of life. How excitable we all were back then,’ or, alternatively, to recognise the phrase, ‘Well, nothing has really changed’ forming on your dwirkin as you read, head slowly shaking from side to side. Lists with This Book.


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In the section “Repulsion,” Dworkin tells of the repulsion men have against women’s bodies, sexual intercourse and their unbridled desires, as exemplified by Tolstoy’s life and works. She mistakes sex-assignment and socialization for gender which has a significant effect on her cissexismintercoursee her repetitive and graphic depictions of what intercourse is, are unnecessary, gross, obnoxious, and obsessive.

As far as I can tell, Dworkin doesn’t hate masculinity; she hates patriarchy. One might try to assert that Dworkin was referring to only rape. This is what the book exactly aims to do. Interocurse I can totally see why her impact on the feminist movement and the wider debates around sexuality and pornography in contemporary society was so significant.

Intercourse is a book by Andrea Dworkinin which the author offers a radical feminist analysis of sexual intercourse in literature and ontercourse. To further her arguments, Dworkin supplied various fiction sources in “Intercourse.

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

Yes, some men in “the developed world” hate women. If they can, is that a continuation of an oppressive cycle of domination and subordination or can it be liberative? Dworkin is a strong voice of reason who unflinchingly shows us the mirror about things that we do not want to face or prefer to sweep under the carpet.

There is no other way to attack the subject matter. Even if it takes you seventeen years to understand it.

I went into this book expecting something far simpler: It is disturbing light, and she makes no excuse for casting it.