Andrea Dworkin Quotes

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Andrea Dworkin Quotes

Truth is harder to bear than ignorance, and so ignorance is valued more
also because the status quo depends on it; but love depends on self-knowledge and self-knowledge depends on being able to bear the truth.
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How can anyone love someone who is less than a full person, unless love itself is domination per se?

— Andrea Dworkin

Surely the freedom of women must mean more to us than the freedom of pimps.

— Andrea Dworkin

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

Seduction is often difficult to distinguish from rape. In seduction, the rapist often bothers to buy a bottle of wine.

— Andrea Dworkin

'Women's fashion' is a euphemism for fashion created by men for women.

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Childbearing is glorified in part because women die from it.

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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

The normal fuck by a normal man is taken to be an act of invasion and ownership undertaken in a mode of predation. Woman have been chattels to man as wives, as prostitutes, as sexual and reproductive servants. Being owned and being fucked are or have been virtually synonymous experiences in the lives of woman. He owns you - he fucks you. The fucking conveys the quality of ownership - he owns you inside out.

— Andrea Dworkin

In the sexual-liberation movement of the sixties, its ideology and practice, neither force nor the subordinate status of women was an issue. It was assumed that - unrepressed - everyone wanted intercourse all the time (men, of course, had other important things to do; women had no legitimate reason not to want to be fucked); and it was assumed that in women an aversion to intercourse, or not climaxing from intercourse, or not wanting intercourse at a particular time or with a particular man, or wanting fewer partners than were available, or getting tired, or being cross, were all signs of and proof of sexual repression. Fucking per se was freedom per se.

— Andrea Dworkin

Under patriarchy, no woman is safe to live her life, or to love, or to mother children. Under patriarchy, every woman is a victim, past, present, and future. Under patriarchy, every woman's daughter is a victim, past, present, and future. Under patriarchy, every woman's son is her potential betrayer and also the inevitable rapist or exploiter of another woman.

— Andrea Dworkin

Violation is a synonym for intercourse.

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Heterosexual intercourse is the pure, formalized expression of contempt for women's bodies.

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Feminist art is not some tiny creek running off the great river of real art. It is not some crack in an otherwise flawless stone. It is, quite spectacularly, art which is not based on the subjugation of one half of the species.

— Andrea Dworkin

Touch is the meaning of being human.

— Andrea Dworkin

The cultural institutions which embody and enforce those interlocked aberrations-for instance, law, art, religion, nation-states, the family, tribe, or commune based on father-right-these institutions are real and they must be destroyed.

— Andrea Dworkin

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