Andrea Dworkin

(1946_2005 / Camden, New Jersey)

Andrea Dworkin
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Andrea Rita Dworkin (September 26, 1946 – April 9, 2005) was an American radical feminist and writer best known for her criticism of pornography, which she argued was linked to rape and other forms of violence against women.

An anti-war activist and anarchist in the late 1960s, Dworkin wrote 10 books on radical feminist theory and practice. During the late 1970s and the 1980s, she gained national fame as a spokeswoman for the feminist anti-pornography movement, and for her writing on pornography and sexuality, particularly in Pornography: Men Possessing Women (1979) and Intercourse (1987), which remain her two most widely known books. more »

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  • ''Poetry, the genre of purest beauty, was born of a truncated woman: her head severed from her body with a sword, a symbolic penis.''
    Andrea Dworkin (b. 1946), U.S. feminist critic. Pornography, ch. 4 (1981).
  • ''Childbearing is glorified in part because women die from it.''
    Andrea Dworkin (b. 1946), U.S. feminist critic. Pornography, ch. 2 (1981).
  • ''Male supremacy is fused into the language, so that every sentence both heralds and affirms it.''
    Andrea Dworkin (b. 1946), U.S. feminist critic. Pornography, ch. 1 (1981).
  • ''Money speaks, but it speaks with a male voice.''
    Andrea Dworkin (b. 1946), U.S. feminist, critic. Pornography, ch. 1 (1981).
  • ''"Women's fashion" is a euphemism for fashion created by men for women.''
    Andrea Dworkin (b. 1946), U.S. feminist critic. Pornography, ch. 4 (1981).
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