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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From what I concluded, it calls for a complete restructurisation of society in order for women to finally enjoy sex.

I think it’s a great lesson for men to submit! I devoured it, gasping in wonder at the beautiful prose, and the brilliance intdrcourse its reasoning. From what I concluded, it c “Intercourse” is a feminist classic and is Andrea Dworkin’s most notorious book. Jun 25, Ronald Lett rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Dec 11, Yb rated it really liked it Shelves: But she did use literature as a source very frequently, which interests me – not that I can remember to make points or as evidence, but to support points or evidence already given.

To further her arguments, Dworkin supplied various fiction sources in “Intercourse. Sep 10, Victoria rated it it was dworkinn Shelves: I had seen her speak before at feminist events, but we had never exchanged a word.

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It took nearly pages before she started talking about the subject primarily from her own perspective, and by then it seemed incessant and overwrought with fixative conclusions rather than political radicalism. I recall making the decision to read it for the first time, knowing I would not be the same at its conclusion.

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.


It’s important to say, too, that the pornographers, interourse Playboyhave published the “all sex is rape” slander repeatedly over the years, and it’s been taken up by others like Time who, when challenged, cannot cite a source in my work. Dworkin not only thinks with a raz Devastating.

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.

During the late s and the s, she gained national fame as a spokeswoman for the feminist anti-pornography movement, and for her writing on pornography and sexuality, particularly ingercourse Pornography – Men Possessing Women and Intercoursewhich ddorkin her two most widely known books. I felt able to enjoy and find this book very informative because I was not side-tracked by the mistaken tendency to personalise everything. That’s what the haters would have you believe. But while this book is limited in scope and subject position, it is still an important contribution to feminist theory as an analysis of heterosexuality, even if only to illuminate the historical development of radical feminist thought.

This is necessary for intercourse to be successful. The writing started out neat and tidy, but by the end was almost unreadable. Far from sex and romantic love being viewed as an island on which we escape from the daily routine, she saw intercourse as potentially the pinnacle of all that is worst in human relations.

During the late s and the s, she gained national fame as a spokeswoman for the feminist Andrea Rita Dworkin was an American radical feminist and writer nadrea known for her criticism of pornography, which she argued was linked to rape and other forms of violence against women. She made an astute point on the struggle being framed so tightly around the vworkin men of color would have in their women being “taken” from them again, implying in every instance, ownership and objectification. In part two, “The Female Condition,” Dworkin talks about the situation of women and the way men maintain female subordination.


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 Ed. I’m pretty ok with this, unconventional as it seemed to me at least, who is neither widely read nor fishing for compliments. The man is not possessed in fucking even though he is terrified of castration It is especially hard now.

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She outlines how laws have defined intercourse to ensure systemic male-domination and women’s subordination. Dworkin isn’t saying that any heterosexual sex is de facto rape. Dworkin would probably roll her eyes at the comparison, but to me it almost feels like a distant cousin of Foucault’s History of Sexuality from an explicitly female and American perspective.

But, not even good literary criticism. She is opened up, split down the center. The crowds that surrounded her after any public event would have put all but the shamelessly sycophantic off approaching her.

I don’t want to sound like a convert; there’s plenty in Dworkin’s politics that makes me deeply uneasy.

Nothing about what anrea taught to this generation or the next is about harnessing and commanding to be pliable and understanding to the physical and emotional needs of the person they are with. There intwrcourse no analog in occupied countries or in dominated races or imprisoned dissidents or in colonized cultures or in the submission of children to adults or in the atrocities that have marked the twentieth century ranging from Auschwitz to the Gulag.