Andrea Dworkin

(1946_2005 / Camden, New Jersey)

Andrea Dworkin Quotes

  • ''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).
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  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''Sexism is the foundation on which all tyranny is built. Every social form of hierarchy and abuse is modeled on male-over-female domination.''
    Andrea Dworkin (b. 1946), U.S. feminist critic. Speech, April 5, 1975, Boston College. "Redefining Nonviolence," ch. 6, Our Blood (1976).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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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