Andrea Dworkin

(1946_2005 / Camden, New Jersey)

Andrea Dworkin Quotes

  • ''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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  • ''No woman needs intercourse; few women escape it.''
    Andrea Dworkin (b. 1946), U.S. feminist critic. Right-Wing Women, ch. 3 (1978).
  • ''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).
  • ''Seduction is often difficult to distinguish from rape. In seduction, the rapist often bothers to buy a bottle of wine.''
    Andrea Dworkin (b. 1946), U.S. feminist critic. Speech, 1976. Sexual Economics: The Terrible Truth, Letters from a War-Zone (1987).
  • ''Seduction is often difficult to distinguish from rape. In seduction, the rapist often bothers to buy a bottle of wine.''
    Andrea Dworkin (b. 1946), U.S. feminist critic. Speech, 1976. "Sexual Economics: The Terrible Truth," Letters from a War-Zone (1987).
  • ''All personal, psychological, social, and institutionalized domination on this earth can be traced back to its source: the phallic identities of men.''
    Andrea Dworkin (b. 1946), U.S. feminist critic. Speech, March 1, 1975, at State University of New York, Stony Brook. "The Rape Atrocity and the Boy Next Door," ch. 4, published in Our Blood (1976).
  • ''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.
  • ''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).
  • ''Being a Jew, one learns to believe in the reality of cruelty and one learns to recognize indifference to human suffering as a fact.''
    Andrea Dworkin (b. 1946), U.S. feminist, critic. "A Feminist Looks At Saudi-Arabia," Letters from a War-Zone (first publ. 1978, repr. 1987).
  • ''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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