Andrea Dworkin

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Andrea Dworkin

Wild intelligence abhors any narrow world; and the world of women must stay narrow, or the woman is an outlaw. No woman could be Nietzsche or Rimbaud without ending up in a whorehouse or lobotomized.More Andrea Dworkin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Men have defined the parameters of every subject. All feminist arguments, however radical in intent or consequence, are with or against assertions or premises implicit in the male system, which is made credible or authentic by the power of men to name.More Andrea Dworkin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A commitment to sexual equality with males is a commitment to becoming the rich instead of the poor, the rapist instead of the raped, the murderer instead of the murdered.More Andrea Dworkin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Erotica is simply high-class pornography; better produced, better conceived, better executed, better packaged, designed for a better class of consumer.More Andrea Dworkin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Romantic love, in pornography as in life, is the mythic celebration of female negation. For a woman, love is defined as her willingness to submit to her own annihilation. The proof of love is that she is willing to be destroyed by the one whom she loves, for his sake. For the woman, love is always self-sacrifice, the sacrifice of identity, will, and bodily integrity, in order to fulfill and redeem the masculinity of her lover.More Andrea Dworkin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Feminism is hated because women are hated. Anti-feminism is a direct expression of misogyny; it is the political defense of women hating.More Andrea Dworkin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Women have been taught that, for us, the earth is flat, and that if we venture out, we will fall off the edge. Some of us have ventured out nevertheless, and so far we have not fallen off. It is my faith, my feminist faith, that we will not.More Andrea Dworkin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Men who want to support women in our struggle for freedom and justice should understand that it is not terrifically important to us that they learn to cry; it is important to us that they stop the crimes of violence against us.More Andrea Dworkin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Women are an enslaved population -- the crop we harvest is children, the fields we work are houses. Women are forced into committing sexual acts with men that violate integrity because the universal religion -- contempt for women -- has as its first commandment that women exist purely as sexual fodder for men.More Andrea Dworkin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Male supremacy is fused into the language, so that every sentence both heralds and affirms it.More Andrea Dworkin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Being a Jew, one learns to believe in the reality of cruelty and one learns to recognize indifference to human suffering as a fact.More Andrea Dworkin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
All personal, psychological, social, and institutionalized domination on this earth can be traced back to its source: the phallic identities of men.More Andrea Dworkin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The common erotic project of destroying women makes it possible for men to unite into a brotherhood; this project is the only firm and trustworthy groundwork for cooperation among males and all male bonding is based on it.More Andrea Dworkin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Marriage as an institution developed from rape as a practice. Rape, originally defined as abduction, became marriage by capture. Marriage meant the taking was to extend in time, to be not only use of but possession of, or ownership.More Andrea Dworkin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Undernourished, intelligence becomes like the bloated belly of a starving child: swollen, filled with nothing the body can use.More Andrea Dworkin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Sexism is the foundation on which all tyranny is built. Every social form of hierarchy and abuse is modeled on male-over-female domination.More Andrea Dworkin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Only when manhood is dead -- and it will perish when ravaged femininity no longer sustains it -- only then will we know what it is to be free.More Andrea Dworkin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The will to domination is a ravenous beast. There are never enough warm bodies to satiate its monstrous hunger. Once alive, this beast grows and grows, feeding on all the life around it, scouring the earth to find new sources of nourishment. This beast lives in each man who battens on female servitude.More Andrea Dworkin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Women, for centuries not having access to pornography and now unable to bear looking at the muck on the supermarket shelves, are astonished. Women do not believe that men believe what pornography says about women. But they do. From the worst to the best of them, they do.More Andrea Dworkin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The fact that we are all trained to be mothers from infancy on means that we are all trained to devote our lives to men, whether they are our sons or not; that we are all trained to force other women to exemplify the lack of qualities which characterizes the cultural construct of femininity.More Andrea Dworkin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
No woman needs intercourse; few women escape it.More Andrea Dworkin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Poetry, the genre of purest beauty, was born of a truncated woman: her head severed from her body with a sword, a symbolic penis.More Andrea Dworkin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Childbearing is glorified in part because women die from it.More Andrea Dworkin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Money speaks, but it speaks with a male voice.More Andrea Dworkin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The genius of any slave system is found in the dynamics which isolate slaves from each other, obscure the reality of a common condition, and make united rebellion against the oppressor inconceivable.More Andrea Dworkin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]

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