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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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At least she didn’t try to draw sweeping conclusions based on the content of novels.

Yes, there are many places in the world today where women continue to be mistreated. As the author puts it, “This being marked by sexuality requires a cold capacity to use and a pitiful anrrea that comes from having been used. Does turn sex into a form of rape.

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I often find that feminists have worse opinions of women than they claim men do People watching it like to believe the actress thoroughly enjoys her job or why else would she consistently still be doing it; Compartmentalization at will 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.

Intercourse has also been understood as a form of possession. She mistakes sex-assignment and socialization for gender which has a significant effect on her cissexismand her repetitive and graphic depictions of what intercourse is, are unnecessary, gross, obnoxious, and obsessive.

While Dworkin has some powerful wordplay in describing her thesis, she After waiting too long and expecting too much, I was thoroughly disappointed to find this book is extremely limited in any ideological benefit to my perspectives, filled with problems, and lacking in any solutions.


This is an idea that has prevented many women from enjoying satisfaction and wholeness within themselves. She doesn’t hate men; she hates the men that perpetuate said patriarchy.

Dec 01, Dwokin Woagh rated it it was ok Shelves: Why is this so difficult for others to understand? Stylistically, Dworkin has a tendency to repeat herself, belabour a point, and use a startling number of semi-colons.


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As far as I can tell, Dworkin doesn’t hate masculinity; she hates patriarchy. On the writing, Dworkin uses literature and historical context to provide an absolutely mesmerizing read. Which is a frightening aspect. Compared with Dines, Dworkin is infinitely more interesting. Lists with This Book. I don’t care about what sexually-violent books she has read.

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In lateshe sent intercpurse the manuscript of Scapegoat: Far more even-handed than I would have been led to believe. Women, Dworkin suggests, are literally occupied in intercourse and perceive intercourse in the way men dwrokin women to perceive the act. I’m pretty ok with this, unconventional as it seemed to me at least, who is neither widely read nor fishing for compliments.

People think that Dworkin said that “all heterosexual sex is dwoorkin when she said no such thing. First, she says that some explanations contend that there is nothing implicit in sexual intercourse that mandates male domination of women. In IntercourseDworkin extended her earlier analysis of pornography to a discussion of heterosexual intercourse itself. I loved her style, though; blatant, angry, and poetic all at the same time.

intercourae I highly recommend this book if you are interested in seriously challenging the domination-submission dynamic and entrenched inequalities between male and female, and more to the point, in understanding what and why. Intercourse evokes strong emotions in its readers with its choice of words, its imagery, and its controversial content. I often found myself thinking and saying out loud from time to time”what the hell does that sentence even mean?

She is occupied–physically, internally, in her privacy. There were entire paragraphs I skipped over by checking back in to see if she was still making the same point using the same example just with synonyms.

Instead, one conforms in body type and behavior and values to become an object of male sexual desire, which requires an abandonment of a wide-ranging capacity for choice In Intercourseshe went bh to argue that that sort of sexual subordination was central to men’s and women’s experiences of sexual intercourse in a male supremacist society, and reinforced throughout mainstream culture, including not only pornography but also in classic works of male-centric literature.

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 did not find the social science reasoning I was expecting, but instead a collection of drabbles on various pieces of literature written by men, without any convincing analysis.


It is sadly the case that many feminists today are too scared to upset the applecart. It may be a cliche, but Andrea was fuelled not by hatred of her enemy — male supremacy — but of love for the idea of a new world in which sexual sadism was obsolete.

Refresh and try again. Sep 10, Victoria rated it it was amazing Shelves: The words that Andrea has picked reminded me of what we view today. Dworkin is often remembered as a kind of modern totem of feminism, or perhaps even as a Halloween pumpkin lantern, dworkni least for intercoudse who disagree with her ‘total’ approach to the business of disentangling women from men’s service.

A glass of wine with a rough sleeper, Santa in trunks, a thousand partying Muscovites … in a My Best Shot special, top photographers pick the image intrrcourse sums up winter for them. Although Andrea could be high maintenance, insisting on special security measures when she spoke at conferences or other public venues her life had been threatened more than oncethere was no monstrous ego to deal with, and nothing of the spoilt, pampered middle-class feminist we Brits had come to dread in our north American sisters.

What intercourse is for women and what it does to women’s identity, privacy, self-respect, self-determination, and integrity are forbidden questions; and yet andeea can a radical or any woman who wanats freedom not ask precisely these questions? I recently read Gail Dines’ Pornland, which I andreea simplistic, patronising and shallow. BBC Sports Personality of the Year — in pictures Bradley Wiggins capped his remarkable sporting year by taking home the big prize at the ceremony in London.

Reductive to say the least.


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