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  • 1.
    No phallic hero, no matter what he does to himself or to another to prove his courage, ever matches the solitary, existential courage of the woman who gives birth.
    Andrea Dworkin (b. 1946), U.S. feminist critic. Speech, first delivered to Queens College, City University of New York, March 12, 1975. "The Sexual Politics of Fear and Courage," published in Our Blood, ch. 5 (1976).

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  • 2.
    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.
    Andrea Dworkin (b. 1946), U.S. feminist critic. speech, Sept. 26, 1975, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge. The Root Cause, ch. 9, Our Blood (1976). Last words of book.
  • 3.
    Genocide begins, however improbably, in the conviction that classes of biological distinction indisputably sanction social and political discrimination.
    Andrea Dworkin (b. 1946), U.S. feminist critic. (Essay originally published 1978). Biological Superiority: The World's Most Dangerous and Deadly Idea, sct. 3, Letters from a War-Zone (1987).

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  • 4.
    Erotica is simply high-class pornography; better produced, better conceived, better executed, better packaged, designed for a better class of consumer.
    Andrea Dworkin (b. 1946), U.S. feminist critic. Pornography, preface (1981).
  • 5.
    No woman needs intercourse; few women escape it.
    Andrea Dworkin (b. 1946), U.S. feminist critic. Right-Wing Women, ch. 3 (1978).

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  • 6.
    While gossip among women is universally ridiculed as low and trivial, gossip among men, especially if it is about women, is called theory, or idea, or fact.
    Andrea Dworkin (b. 1946), U.S. feminist critic. Right-Wing Women, ch. 1 (1978).

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  • 7.
    Undernourished, intelligence becomes like the bloated belly of a starving child: swollen, filled with nothing the body can use.
    Andrea Dworkin (b. 1946), U.S. feminist critic. Right-Wing Women, ch. 2 (1978).

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  • 8.
    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.
    Andrea Dworkin (b. 1946), U.S. feminist critic. Speech, October 12, 1974, at the National Organization for Women Conference on Sexuality, New York City. "Renouncing Sexual 'Equality'," ch. 2, published in Our Blood (1976).

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  • 9.
    Feminism is hated because women are hated. Anti-feminism is a direct expression of misogyny; it is the political defense of women hating.
    Andrea Dworkin (b. 1946), U.S. feminist critic. Right-Wing Women, ch. 6 (1978).

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  • 10.
    Men are distinguished from women by their commitment to do violence rather than to be victimized by it.
    Andrea Dworkin (b. 1946), U.S. feminist critic. Pornography: Men Possessing Women, ch. 2, G.P. Putnam (1981).

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