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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Her arguments seemed mostly pretty solidly put-together to me, except for the odd statement that seemed to skip a couple of logical steps, or which could at least have benefited from some elaboration. C This book has a serious reputation.

Retrieved 25 June It is not a movement meant to include the upper members of the existing power structure. The writing started out neat iintercourse tidy, but by the end was almost unreadable. Fear has also assured women’s complicity in their own domination and objectification—a requisite condition for intercourse. The man reasons that with her death, his wife could no longer be capable of defying him, and he did not have to bear the responsibility of subjugating her and desiring her.

Show 25 25 50 All. Even if you don’t agree with some of the conclusions she reaches, her writing style alone is incredibly unique. It was an inventive use of civil law; rather than banning or censoring pornography, it would have enabled victims of the porn industry to claim damages and recognition for the harm it caused.

Her writing is disjointed, flowery, and her ideas are poorly developed. Dworkin is often said intecrourse argue that “all heterosexual sex is rape”, based on the line from the book that says “violation is a synonym for intercourse. Mar 24, Varina rated it it was amazing.

Amazingly, men are not possessed even if they are literally enveloped by women during the sexual act.

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This view derives from a belief that intercourse is not an occupation or a violation of integrity because it is natural. I feel much better getting that out of my system.


There is nothing exactly the same, and this is not because the dorkin invasion and significance of intercourse is banal up against these other hierarchies and brutalities.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Dworkin also talks about actions that have been taken to tilt the balance in favor of women. Completely losing the human factor. So, I guess this is wdorkin origin of the “all sex is rape” fallacy. They may appear at the time to be tackling the issue of the moment, but their insights shed light on the human condition for all ages.

Oct 19, Thomas rated it really liked it Shelves: It’s just anti-violence, -oppression and -bitterness. Further than that, she refuses to mince her words or hide her anger.

Cover of the first edition. She does not make the journey into critically examining the act of intercourse easy and she will not take “just because” as an answer. If anything, the book is pro-sex. Published November 7th by Basic Books first published But it talks about the act of intercourse with a truth that you will not find anywhere else encompassing many, many topics and deep analysis.

Intercourse has also been understood as a form of possession. The writing is also incredible; Dworkin’s writing cuts to the bone of every issue byy is savagely beautiful.

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.

Instead, she makes us think about sex as powerthe way that power is not only physiologically but culturally conferred, and how ingrained in the dynamic lntercourse emotions that power imbalance becomes. Men punish themselves for feeling what they do and punish women for making them feel that way.

It’s not a perfect book, of course. There is no analog in occupied countries or in dominated races or imprisoned dissidents or in colonized cultures or in the submission of children to adults or in the atrocities that have marked the twentieth century ranging from Auschwitz to the Gulag.


Perhaps I’m reading the wrong book? Mar 16, Dylan Horrocks rated it really liked it Shelves: All sex is rape under the constraints of patriarchy, which therefore means it can change for the better if patriarchy gets the proper boot.

I read this with the intention to learn more about her view on the subject, expecting a critical analysis of a violent society, and instead I mostly just get a useless tirade against a particular act of violence, with her vague beliefs supported by a few disgusting books written by creepy men.


Loading comments… Trouble loading? In Intercourse I decided to approach the subject as a social practice, material andreq. Dworkin describes the view of intercourse enforced by saying:. Liberals refuse categorically to inquire into even a possibility that there is a relationship intercoures intercourse per se and the low status of women I devoured it, gasping in wonder at the beautiful prose, and the brilliance of its reasoning.

I do not think I can bear this. In the section “Repulsion,” Dworkin tells of the repulsion men have against women’s bodies, sexual intercourse and their unbridled desires, as exemplified by Tolstoy’s life and works. By instilling fear among women, men have succeeded in alienating women from one another and consequently subordinating them.

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This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. One might try to assert that Dworkin was referring to only rape. I was expecting social commentary. Feminism is, was and always will be, Women’s Advocacy.

Instead, I found mostly literary criticism. I highly recommend this book if you are interested in seriously challenging andrrea domination-submission dynamic and entrenched inequalities between male and female, and more to the point, in understanding what and why. It is claimed that within the book, Dworkin says that all heterosexual intercourse is rape.