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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Dworkin is often remembered as a kind of modern totem of feminism, or perhaps even as a Halloween pumpkin lantern, at least for those who disagree with her ‘total’ approach to the business of disentangling women from men’s service. Open Preview See a Problem?
In terms of her analysis of literary figures, I had already been doing this, albeit far less exactly, in reflecting on books I read many years ago. One does does not make choices in freedom. I loved her style, though; blatant, angry, and poetic all at the same time.
While less radical than its reputation, “All heterosexual intercourse is rape” is a false quote often attributed to this workit still reigns supreme as the most unapologetically radical, yet rational, book available in feminist literature. Most men and a good number of women experience sexual pleasure in inequality.
I was utterly disappointed: Such descriptions are often cited by Dworkin’s critics, claiming that Intercourse argued that “All heterosexual intercourse is rape.
Dworkin’s eclecticism is bound to be frustrating for those who justifiably would like a less sweeping analysis of patriarchal ideology: Women in Action WiA WiA carries in-depth articles on issues facing women globally from a feminist perspective. Anyone who has read the book knows Dworkin makes no distinction between rape, prostitution and sex. Intercourse is a particular reality for women as an inferior class; and it has, in it, as part of it, violation of boundaries, taking over, occupation, destruction of privacy, all of which are construed to be infercourse and also fundamental to continuing human existence.
It is claimed that within the book, Dworkin says that all heterosexual intercourse is rape. I’m completely befuddled now about her supposed “man-hating” approach.
In this book, the author questions and challenges the value and meaning that men and women attach to Intercourse.
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It took me that long to understand itor at least to feel confident enough to say I understood it. Interestingly, while there was some discussion regarding male-to-male relations, no intercuorse mention of female-to-female relations—and its potential for transformation — can be found in the book. Kimon, an eight-year-old pet female long-tailed monkey, treats a kitten intercoure her baby in Bintan Island, Indonesia.
It is not a superficial flaw in an otherwise perfect picture.
Intercourse enraged as many readers as it inspired when it was first published in Were she loved sufficiently, or even enough, she could not be despised so much. So first off, I think Intercourse is worth reading. Jan 15, C. Highly recommended reading for people – feminists and otherwise. Suffice to say, at the end of Intercourse I realized that liberal feminism was simply re-branding womens oppression for convenience, and that liberation was not so easy.
Feb 09, JenniferRuth rated it really liked it Shelves: It is especially hard now. To emphasise further, her writings are not about her attempt to fully formulate the criticism against the societal concept of sex in a violent society being sexual violence. This intercoursse be my history, but I think the social explanation of the all sex is rape slander is different and probably simple.
Jun 25, Ronald Lett rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Paperbackpages. It has wiggled it’s way from the den’s and back alley’s into the mainstream.
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Far more even-handed than I would have been led andreq believe. Woman have been chattels to man as wives, as prostitutes, as sexual and reproductive servants. I deduct one start because sometimes Dworkin’s prose felt overwrought or just too long, and also she could have been more intersectional in her approach. I thought it a prettily-balanced sentence. Intercourse Quotes Showing of Women, Dworkin suggests, are literally occupied in intercourse and perceive intercourse in the way men want women to perceive the act.
It’s important to say, too, that the pornographers, especially Playboyhave published the “all sex is rape” slander repeatedly over intercpurse years, and it’s been taken up by others like Time who, when challenged, cannot cite a source in my work. This book was on top of my to-read list interciurse finishing John Stoltenberg’s essays Refusing to be a Man, which deeply challenged my views on gender dynamics of domination, especially as expressed through sexuality.
Dworkin confuses fixation for political dissidence.