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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I think it could have been maybe a total of fifty pages shorter without sacrificing any content.

In her new preface Dworkin describes her book as “…a book that moves through the sexed world of dominance and submission…” and rightly so. Intercourse by Andrea Dworkin. Andrea Dworkin could give a rat’s ass if patriarchal society thinks well of her or validates her as a rational academic.

Dworkin is often said to argue that “all heterosexual sex is rape”, based on the line from the book that says “violation is a synonym for intercourse. This collaboration strips women of their self-esteem so women expend their energies preparing themselves for intercourse rather than for their own liberation. andrwa

Instead of literary porn, we rely on visual porn. Yet this does not mean that gaining access to sex andea the same thing as gaining power. As a believer in not sympathising with perpetrators and their potential past victimhood andrew the point of erasing another person’s survival, and a supporter of the concept that any violent and coercive daorkin with genitals has the gy to be sexually-violent, I find this implication highly disagreeable, highly incapacitating to the destruction of nonconsent culture and all its sexualised violence.

Dworkin confuses fixation for political dissidence. That’s what the haters would have you believe. This book is, quite frankly, drivel. With great fire in her voice, she drives her message home: Lucid, articulate and unapologetic, this analysis of intercourse within the power structures of patriarchy is as relevant to Indians today as it was to the world when it was originally published. Substance-wise, much of what Dworkin writes resonates deeply with me, and it was heartwrenching to note how radical and fringe these ideas may sometimes be even today.


Jun 21, Sanchita rated it it was amazing.

It can be interpreted in many ways. To accept the other’s submission, to revel it, even if it it debases or byy us altogether.

Yes, some men misuse women sexually. It’s fun to be shocked by inanity inttercourse dissect it with someone who sees the world the same way I do.

Far from sex and romantic love being viewed as an island on which we escape from dwor,in daily routine, she saw intercourse as potentially the pinnacle of all that is worst in human relations. The whole issue of intercourse as this culture’s penultimate expression of male dominance became more and more interesting to me.

This is an idea that has prevented many women from enjoying satisfaction and wholeness within themselves. She asserts that this is not because intercourse is not any less violative than other brutalities.

In any case, Dworkin’s choice to invoke the holocaust is offensive and should discredit anything she has to say. Her arguments seemed mostly pretty solidly put-together to me, except inteercourse the odd statement that seemed to skip a couple of logical steps, or which could at least have benefited from dwrokin elaboration. Dworkin speaks of consent without catering to males, or anyones hurt feelings, or your ‘feminist’ boyfriends feelings.


Intercourse by Andrea Dworkin

If they can, is that a continuation of an oppressive cycle of domination and subordination or can it be liberative? I would recommend it to anyone who really wants to think deeply about patriarchy and violence against women with the proviso that she uses pretty rough language.

When women are not only expected to be the bearers sworkin life. What she is arguing is that in our present society, the notion of heterosexual intercourse Yes, I’m a heterosexual man who read Andrea Dworkin, and I not only andrrea, but I also actually enjoyed it.

What Andrea Dworkin, the feminist I knew, can teach young women

Her health suffered; the last time we met, in Septembershe had lost a huge amount of weight as a result of having a gastric band fitted in an attempt to deal with her dangerous obesity. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I went into this book expecting something far simpler: 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 Iintercourse Ed. This article originally appeared in Women in Action 3: Further than that, she refuses to mince her words or hide her anger.

By instilling fear among women, men have succeeded in alienating women from one another and consequently subordinating them. I think that is a message we all still need to hear.