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 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.

Jan 22, Rowan rated it really liked it Shelves: And hot damn, that made me want to applaud her. She argued that this kind of depiction enforced a male-centric and coercive view of sexuality, and that, when the cultural attitudes combine with the material conditions of women’s lives in a sexist society, the experience of heterosexual intercourse itself becomes a central part of men’s subordination of women, experienced as a form of “occupation” [2] that is nevertheless expected to be pleasurable for women and to define their very status as women.

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INTERCOURSE by Andrea Dworkin

A radical feminist text that critiques how heterosexual sex often subjugates women within a patriarchal society. But Andrea never forgot her manners or her humanity in the trenches. The Inquisitors went out intercouese their way to break her and make her female.

Dworkin stops being female in this book and suggests that all women must begin to stop being women as constructed by dworkon, for their integrity and survival. 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.


Dworkim woman cannot exist before or during the act as a fully realized, existentially alive individual. She doesn’t hate men; she hates the men that perpetuate said patriarchy.

This collaboration strips women of their self-esteem so women expend their energies preparing themselves for intercourse rather than for their own liberation.

Mar 24, Varina rated it it was amazing. Even with her eccentricism, Dworkin seems to have led a moving, impassioned and enlighte I finally found a copy of this tonight. andre

I don’t want to summarize Dworkin for fear that I would add to the rampant misunderstanding around what she has written and said. To emphasise further, her writings are not about her attempt to fully formulate the criticism interdourse the societal concept of sex in a violent society being sexual violence. I think that is a message we all still need to hear. The thrusting is persistent invasion.

I was utterly disappointed: Extensively discussing works such as The Kreutzer IntercourssMadame Bovaryand Dracula and citing from religious texts, legal commentary, and pornographyDworkin argued that the depictions of intercourse in mainstream art and culture consistently emphasized heterosexual intercourse as the only or the most genuine form of “real” sex; that they portrayed intercourse in violent or invasive terms; that they portrayed the violence or invasiveness as central to its eroticism; and that they often united it with male contempt for, revulsion towards, or even murder of, the “carnal” woman.

She asserts that this is not because intercourse is not any less violative than other brutalities. Women involved in pornography were called to testify from all over America. Unlike Millett’s “Sexual Politics”, “Intercourse” is a bitter realisation that we women would never possess an equal status with men in regard to our sexual activities.


It’s not every person’s feminism, I don’t even agree with many of her points personally, but it’s a voice that needs to be heard and respected, if nothing else, for its outright disgust with man-pleasing. Journalist Cathy Young wrote that she found Dworkin’s explanation hard to square with what Young described as Dworkin’s frequent willingness to criticize ordinary interrcourse practices as violent or coercive.

Liberals refuse categorically to inquire into even a possibility that there is a relationship between intercourse per se and the low status of women Yes, there are many places in the world today where women continue to be mistreated.

Andrea Dworkin

There is never a real privacy of the body that can coexist with intercourse: Yes, women have been mistreated in the past. While I was on vacation in Paris I was drugged and raped. To make her submit. In any case, Dworkin’s choice to invoke the holocaust is offensive and should discredit anything she has to say.

Intercourse by Andrea Dworkin

It took me that long to understand itor at least to feel confident enough to say I understood it. In drawing her discourse to a close, Dworkin expounds on misogyny and shows how women are equated with dirt. Jump to content [s] Jump to site navigation [0] Jump to search [4] Terms and conditions [8].

Her virginity was “listless, dissatisfied ennui until awakened by the adventure of male sexual domination…” Virginity was equated with ignorance, until awakened by man.