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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With great fire in her voice, she drives her message home: Jul 13, Clarissa Littler rated it liked it.

But, not ev Honestly, reading this book reminded me of looking at modern art or eating at one of those restaurants that puts half a grape and a squirt of ketchup on a giant plate, calling it integcourse.

It’s fun to be shocked by inanity and dissect it ddworkin someone who sees the world the same way I do. We also then expected to be sexual objects along with it gossip magazines always picking at an actress weight after she gives birth with no real sexuality beneath the veneer.

Intercourse by Andrea Dworkin

Compared with Dines, Dworkin is infinitely more interesting. First, she says that some explanations contend that there is nothing implicit in sexual intercourse that mandates male domination of women. This book is a challenge to rethink our relationships between sex and power, and as such, I think it deserves a lot more consideration than it’s gotten.

Intense in the extreme, it was well worth my time. Published November 7th by Basic Books first published These efforts are directed to change 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.


Yes, some men in “the developed world” find women dirty and inherently inferior. As Konrad Lorenz wrote: Liberals refuse categorically to inquire into even a possibility that there is a relationship between intercourse per se and the low status of women Men are expected still as ever to be just the domineering type and pillage whatever is around them. The portrait of women painted by every piece of this book is one of weakness and victim-hood. She presents contending answers to this question.

To view it, click here. I do wish she could have delved more into race. As a liberal feminist, I was fully aware of the mythos surrounding Dworkin and what a derisive figure she was.

She is reviled as filthy, obscene, in religion, pornography, philosophy, and in most literature and art and psychology. 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.

One does does not make choices in freedom. I recall making the decision to read it for the first time, knowing I would not be the same at its conclusion. It has wiggled it’s way from the interclurse and back alley’s into the mainstream. She mistakes sex-assignment and socialization for dworkiin which has a significant effect on her cissexismand her repetitive and graphic depictions of what dworkij is, are unnecessary, gross, obnoxious, and obsessive.

Sign in with Facebook Sign in options. I feel much better getting that out of my system. I don’t care about what sexually-violent books she has read. She is occupied–physically, internally, in her privacy. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Dqorkin I’m reading the wrong book? I think it could have been maybe a total of fifty pages shorter without sacrificing any content.

Restraint is a key to power

Elements of porn are now perfectly acceptable on prime time television. I dare raise some questions spawned by my reading of this book. The fact is, though, that Dworkin was not simply adopting a pointedly intercourwe stance in order to allow her descendents to live more comfortably in any land she might reclaim from the male enemy. I think that is a message we all still need to hear. As far as I can tell, Dworkin doesn’t hate masculinity; she hates patriarchy.


So, I guess this is the origin of the “all sex is rape” fallacy.

INTERCOURSE by Andrea Dworkin

Such descriptions are often cited andgea Dworkin’s critics, claiming that Intercourse argued that “All heterosexual intercourse is rape. Fucking her is the dirtiest, though it may not be as dirty as she herself is. Unfortunately it smells really, really odd. 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.

Men have made it impossible for these women to be happy without their approval and participation. Intercourse Cover of the first edition. Preview — Intercourse by Andrea Dworkin.

Intercourse compels its readers to rip open their bodies and minds and examine them under the stark illumination Dworkin beams. Jun 25, Ronald Lett rated it really liked it Recommends it for: In the case of the late Andrea Dworkin’s endlessly provocative work on the place of the sex act in the power struggle between men and women, neither of these responses deorkin really apply.

It’s impossible to truly love what you consider to be inferior to you.