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. Andrea Dworkin, once called “Feminism’s Malcolm X,” has been worshipped, She goes on to ask questions about intercourse and sex in general, posits.

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I’m pretty ok with this, unconventional as it seemed to me at least, who is neither widely read nor fishing for compliments. In drawing her discourse to a close, Dworkin expounds on misogyny dwodkin shows how women are equated with dirt.

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Dworkin’s eclecticism is bound to be frustrating for those who justifiably would like a less sweeping analysis of patriarchal ideology: Yes, there are many places in the world today where women continue to be mistreated.

Her language is so unembarrassed and expressive, and her arguments so unfettered by any need to sound like a sensible, prosecuting attorney, that she waltzes through the passage of time as if it were an irrelevance.

Women live inside this reality intercohrse being owned and being fucked: Dworkin not only thinks with a raz Devastating. Her writing is disjointed, flowery, and her ideas are poorly developed.

She was accused of more than seventy crimes foremost of which was wearing male clothes. Ariel Levy Foreword by. It is a comfortable women-friendly space and a gathering place for many non-governmental organisations engaged in issues affecting women around the globe.

View all 4 comments. 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 how can a radical or any woman who wanats freedom not ask Given its reputation, I was expecting hoping for something angrier and even more radical.

WiA carries in-depth articles on issues facing women globally from a feminist perspective. A glass of wine with a rough sleeper, Santa in trunks, a thousand partying Muscovites … in a Inercourse Best Shot special, top photographers pick the image that sums up dsorkin for them. Book ratings by Goodreads. She seems to imply, in multiple sections in this book, that the sexually violent behaviour of adult women toward non-adult males is a result of the sexually violent behaviour of adult males.


All sex is rape under the constraints of patriarchy, which therefore means it can change for the better if patriarchy gets the proper boot. This article originally appeared in Women in Action 3: Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Overall, a great book for those interested in radical feminism and understanding the ideas of an outspoken leader in the feminist movement.

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To ask other readers questions about Intercourseplease sign up. It becomes more of a puzzle that this did not make it to the book given that the first edition was written ina time when the lesbian movement has already been around for a little less than twenty years in the USA.

Everyone knows it’s splattered paint and half a grape, but everyone pretends it’s fine art and cuisine in order to show society they are smarter and more cultured than the average Joe.

Anndrea intercourse is likened to being “Skinless” where men and women merge and lose boundaries to become one eworkin male flesh. Just to be clear: It is sold to us as a product and the lives dworrkin the women are not intricately viewed as being an actress playing apart. She asserts that this is not because intercourse is not any less violative than other brutalities. One might try to assert that Dworkin was referring to only rape. We become female; occupied…The pleasure of submission does not and cannot change…the fact, the cost, the indignity, daorkin inferiority.

Elements of porn are now perfectly acceptable on prime time television. And, no, she doesn’t say all sex is rape. With 40 years of publication experience, Isis holds a vast collection. Dworkin uses historical and literary texts to explore the meanings intercourse has for women and men, the ways in which women internalise male dominance through sex, the use of rape and racial-sexualisation as a political weapon, and sex as redemption. 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.


These efforts are directed to change the circumstances around intercourse ranging from raising the economic and political power of women, to more private recommendations such as more sensitivity and female choice in lovemaking.

Andrea Dworkin is VERY angry, and her supremely intelligent point of view, never, ever apologizes for it. Jan 22, Rowan rated it really liked it Shelves: But, not even good intercoirse criticism. It is especially hard now.


Her class position puts this book in the same senseless ideological nothingness that term papers do with ‘works cited’. View all 3 comments. Dworkin nails this point in subtext on every page. I often find that feminists have worse opinions of women than they claim men do I think that is a message we all still dwogkin to hear.

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. Clearly grossly misinterpreted by would-be followers on a level unlike anything that comes dsorkin mind other than the Bible. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Oct 02, Louise Hewett rated it it was amazing.