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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Even if you don’t agree with some of the conclusions she reaches, her writing style alone is incredibly unique. Believing that her power emanated from her virginity, she was stripped of her male clothes, returned to prison and was possibly sexually violated by soldiers to put her in her place — a woman therefore an inferior being. Books by Andrea Dworkin. I recall making the decision to read it for the first time, knowing I would not be the same at its conclusion.

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. But she did use literature as a source very frequently, which interests me – not that I can remember to make points or as evidence, but to support points or evidence already given.

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. He has to push in past boundaries.

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For sex to be valid, one had to “die”—an idea akin to modern sado-masochist ideology. Feb 25, Willa Grant rated it really liked it. Dworkin draws her readers attention about the fact that among subordinated groups of people, women’s experience of being made for sexual intercourse has no parallel. Joan of Ansrea, champion of France against the English, repudiated the intercourde women were constructed and fought against the English until her capture by the Burgundians.


Mar 16, Dylan Horrocks rated it really liked it Shelves: Mar 24, Varina rated it it was amazing. The fact of the matter is that very little of what has been said about Dworkin and this book in the mainstream andre is strictly true; she does not, for example, actually claim that all heterosexual intercourse is rape.

Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Her writing is disjointed, flowery, and her ideas are poorly developed.

It took nearly pages before she started talking about the subject primarily from her own perspective, and by then it seemed incessant and overwrought with fixative conclusions rather than political radicalism.

Men punish themselves for feeling what they do and punish women for making them feel that way. Since the paradigm for sex has been one of conquest, possession, and violation, I think many men believe they need an unfair advantage, which at its extreme would be called rape. Click here to see some of these historical treasures. By instilling fear among women, men have succeeded in alienating women from one another and consequently subordinating them.

Perhaps I’m reading the wrong book?

Rightly so, for readers would need Dworkin’s feet strongly planted in the ground to serve as anchor as she hurls her challenges to both men and women. Also, like many of her fellow second-wavers, Dworkin’s more strident moments threaten to alienate the very women she’s trying to interciurse I did not find the social science reasoning I was expecting, but andrae a collection of drabbles on various pieces of literature written by men, without any convincing analysis.

She doesn’t hate After all of the hype I’ve heard about Dworkin, I found her book terribly mild to what I was expecting. Yes, some men in “the developed world” find women dirty and inherently inferior. We should pay attention to that. Dworkin’s apocalyptic perspective often overwhelms her analysis, and I was frequently infuriated by her relentlessly single-minded interpretations.

And now, at least, whenever somebody begins to call her out for this book, I can begin to press: Retrieved from ” https: 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.

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But, not ev 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.

But to me, her finest and most radical work was the book Andrea wrote aged just 27, Woman Hating Instead I found an extraordinary piece of writing that will echo through my head for some time to come – as a dark, apocalyptic vision of hyper-gendered sexuality that appalls and disturbs to the core, even as I struggle to reject it.

I can imagine reading this as a woman who takes pleasure in being sexually submissive, for example, and being again, justifiably! The book is divided into inteercourse parts.

Intercourse by Andrea Dworkin

I dare raise some questions spawned by my reading of this book. I often found myself thinking and saying out loud from time to time”what the hell does that sentence even mean? Rather, she addresses how aspects of sexism seep into sexual relationships between women and men. It’s safe to say it was one of the most influential books I have ever read. First, she says that some explanations contend that there is nothing implicit in sexual intercourse that mandates male domination of women.

In the United States, sex is everywhere, yet a lot of us shy away from discussions xndrea sex even when those discussions would bring great benefits. In her first example, Dworkin is the relationship between virginity and power as illustrated in the life dwodkin Joan of Arc.

Anyone who hates Dworkin should at least give this book a chance before forming an intractable opinion. View all 15 comments.