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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Dec 11, Kirk rated it really liked it Shelves: She seems to imply, in multiple sections in this book, that the sexually violent behaviour of adult women toward interckurse males is a result of the sexually violent behaviour of adult males. She is opened up, split down the center. Itnercourse Preview See a Problem? After all of the hype I’ve heard about Dworkin, I found her book terribly mild to what I was expecting.

I do not think I can bear this. Sep 21, Girly Mcfemale rated it it was amazing. Feb 25, Willa Grant rated it really liked it. And the inteercourse reason for that is “Intercourse” entices the reader provided they came equipped with a mind open to it to reconsider and analyze something too often taken for granted through and for its biology; along with the feelings we can’t articulate but cling onto on such an intimate level: In this struggle, the power of language can only be potent in changing the status of women if its context is changed.

Women have been constructed by this type of sexuality.

In Intercourse I hy to approach the subject as a social practice, material reality. In any case, Dworkin’s choice to invoke the holocaust is offensive and should discredit anything she has dworkinn say. But to me, her finest and most radical work was the book Andrea wrote aged just 27, Woman Hating In her first example, Dworkin is the relationship between virginity and power as illustrated in the life of Joan of Arc.


The woman cannot exist before or during the act as a fully realized, existentially alive individual. Intercourse evokes strong abdrea in its readers with its choice of words, its imagery, and its controversial content. It froths in the mouth, shocks and offends, but deep inside us we know that it speaks Truth.

Intercourse by Andrea Dworkin

You expect a book to suck, it’s probably gonna suck until you change your attitude. 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.

What she is arguing is that in our present society, the notion of heterosexual intercourse is so fully intertwined with patriarchal fantasies of domination, invasion, and conquest that we can scarcely imagine sex between men and women without it; if it seems like she’s saying all sex is rape, that’s only because she’s asking us to imagine a different kind of sex entirely something this book’s fiercest critics seem to be incapable, or unwilling, of doing.

Young also wrote that, given Dworkin’s expressed views, arguments over whether Dworkin actually said that heterosexual intercourse is rape can be dismissed as “quibbling”. Dworkin lays it out bare but she does not make it easy on her reader and tell you how it is.

What Andrea Dworkin, the feminist I knew, can teach young women

That same week, an interview I had conducted with Andrea was published in the Guardian. But, alas, this book was more of a chore than a conversation starter. Retrieved 6 February While I was on vacation in Paris I was drugged and raped.

Jul 13, Clarissa Littler rated it liked it. The penis evokes the turd in the rectum because the man has the experience of touching a membrane just like the rectal wall.



It has wiggled it’s way from the den’s and back alley’s into the mainstream. Isn’t the pleasure derived from their power and the inferior, subhuman status of women?

Andrea Dworkin does the opposite of shy away; she tackles sex head on, calling out how sexism affects sex to the detriment of many women. Her description of the way of things, when not intensely graphic, is so sarcastic as to convolute her disagreement with that of the way of things, further convoluted by the referential treatment she makes for using others’ works to make her unapparant point rather than using her own critical voice and observations.

But during that visit Andrea was in good spirits and we talked of reviving the feminist anti-pornography movement in Europe which was, we feared, dying. Dwrokin did not hear from Andrea for much of until I received a page handwritten fax in Itnercourse that year.

Her virginity and military prowess challenged patriarchal powers and for a time succeeded. Men manifest their hate for women by genital mutilation and intercourse. It’s not a perfect book, of course.

There was no compromise with Andrea, but she would never refuse to debate a point with anyone, so andre as they were on the side of social justice. Gail Dines articulates, “without Andrea Dworkin, I and many of us who are anti-porn would still be looking up porn today and thinking ‘You know what?