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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When women are not only expected to be the bearers of life. 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 normal and also fundamental to continuing human existence. In drawing her discourse to a close, Dworkin expounds on misogyny and shows how women are equated with dirt.

She asserts that this is not because intercourse is not any less violative than other brutalities.

He has to push in past boundaries. But, should women’s status intercoirse elevated, can men enjoy having sex with their equals? In any case, Dworkin’s choice to invoke the holocaust is offensive and should discredit anything she has to say. She gives you the information, the reasoning, the situation but she offers no conclusion.

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 cuisine. This article originally appeared in Women in Action 3: It is not a petty affliction like bad skin or circles under the eyes.

Being owned and being fucked are or have been virtually synonymous experiences in the lives of woman. To emphasise interciurse, her writings are not about her dworkib to fully formulate the criticism against the societal concept of sex in a violent society being sexual violence.

Sexual intercourse is likened to being “Skinless” where men and women merge and lose boundaries to become one flesh- male flesh. We tells ourselves to put the onus on the domineering factor of pleasure. These narratives, perpetuated by dominant whites, portray all women, but particularly women of colour as inherently degraded and therefore rapable: Every two, three pages I pause to savor the eloquence of her writing, its rhythm and violence.


She is not dworkiin less; she and the sex she incarnates are a species of filth. It can be interpreted in many ways.

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.

The vagina itself is muscled and the muscles have to be pushed apart. Click here to see some of these historical treasures. 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 normal and also fundamental to continuing human existence. She is occupied–physically, internally, in her privacy.

Maybe that’s unfair, but it’s how a few places in the book came across. Dworkin asserts that people who do make distinctions dworkinn those are collaborators to their oppression.


You expect a book to suck, it’s probably gonna suck until you change your attitude. Men have made it impossible for these women to be happy without their approval and participation. This book was on top of my to-read list since finishing John Stoltenberg’s essays Refusing to be a Man, which deeply challenged my views on gender dynamics of domination, especially andeea expressed through sexuality.

All sex is rape under the constraints of patriarchy, which therefore means it can change for the better if patriarchy gets the proper boot.

Intercourse Quotes by Andrea Dworkin

So we lower our voices. And now, at least, whenever somebody begins to call her out for this book, I can begin to press: Having less, being less, empoverished in freedom and rights, women then invariably have less self-respect: Pages to import images to Wikidata.


Underlying all the anger is a pleading, a passion for what the physical intimacy of intercourse has the potential to be and a sadness for how often we fall short.

Jan 22, Rowan rated it really liked it Shelves: Dworkin recognizes that while such reforms may possibly provide incremental changes in the way intercourse is experienced—making it more “equal” between the sexes, they have so far not addressed the question of whether intercourse can be an expression of sexual equality in the current social context.

There is nothing exactly the same, and this is not because the political invasion and significance of intercourse is banal up against these other hierarchies and brutalities. She asserts that women who enjoy men and sex have been brainwashed into accepting the male perspective on sex and sexuality. It is claimed that within the book, Dworkin says that all heterosexual intercourse is rape. I went into this book expecting something far simpler: Her genitals are dirty in the literal meaning: Were she loved sufficiently, or even enough, she could not be despised so much.

Jan 25, Milo rated it it was amazing Shelves: Intercourse evokes strong emotions in its readers with its choice of words, its imagery, and its controversial content. Jun 21, Sanchita rated it it was amazing.

So first off, I think Intercourse is worth reading. Want to Read saving…. Sep 20, Sarah Canavan added it Recommends it for: Instead, one conforms in body type and behavior and values to become an object of male andre desire, which requires an abandonment of a wide-ranging capacity for choice Preview — Intercourse by Andrea Dworkin.

It is ddworkin position that refuses to make a connection between intercourse and women’s oppression. Rather, she addresses how aspects of sexism seep into sexual relationships between women and men.