Andrea Dworkin





Andrea Dworkin


Born
in Camden, New Jersey, The United States
September 26, 1946

Died
April 09, 2005

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Andrea Rita Dworkin 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 (1981) and Intercourse (1987), which remain her two most widely known books.

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Intercourse

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3.75 avg rating — 1,178 ratings — published 1987 — 12 editions
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Pornography: Men Possessing...

3.70 avg rating — 637 ratings — published 1981 — 7 editions
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Woman Hating

3.87 avg rating — 430 ratings — published 1974 — 4 editions
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Heartbreak: The Political M...

3.98 avg rating — 450 ratings — published 2002 — 6 editions
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Right Wing Women

4.08 avg rating — 206 ratings — published 1983 — 4 editions
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Letters from a War Zone

4.13 avg rating — 173 ratings — published 1989 — 4 editions
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Life and Death

4.09 avg rating — 126 ratings — published 1997 — 3 editions
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Mercy: A Novel

3.95 avg rating — 108 ratings — published 1990 — 4 editions
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Our Blood: Prophecies and D...

4.15 avg rating — 93 ratings — published 1976 — 3 editions
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Ice and Fire

3.58 avg rating — 71 ratings — published 1986 — 6 editions
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“Woman is not born: she is made. In the making, her humanity is destroyed. She becomes symbol of this, symbol of that: mother of the earth, slut of the universe; but she never becomes herself because it is forbidden for her to do so.”
Andrea Dworkin

“I'm going to ask you to remember the prostituted, the homeless, the battered, the raped, the tortured, the murdered, the raped-then-murdered, the murdered-then-raped; and I am going to ask you to remember the photographed, the ones that any or all of the above happened to and it was photographed and now the photographs are for sale in our free countries. I want you to think about those who have been hurt for the fun, the entertainment, the so-called speech of others; those who have been hurt for profit, for the financial benefit of pimps and entrepreneurs. I want you to remember the perpetrator and I am going to ask you to remember the victims: not just tonight but tomorrow and the next day. I want you to find a way to include them -- the perpetrators and the victims -- in what you do, how you think, how you act, what you care about, what your life means to you.

Now, I know, in this room, some of you are the women I have been talking about. I know that. People around you may not. I am going to ask you to use every single thing you can remember about what was done to you -- how it was done, where, by whom, when, and, if you know -- why -- to begin to tear male dominance to pieces, to pull it apart, to vandalize it, to destabilize it, to mess it up, to get in its way, to fuck it up. I have to ask you to resist, not to comply, to destroy the power men have over women, to refuse to accept it, to abhor it and to do whatever is necessary despite its cost to you to change it.”
Andrea Dworkin

“I don’t believe rape is inevitable or natural. If I did, I would have no reason to be here. If I did, my political practice would be different than it is. Have you ever wondered why we [women] are not just in armed combat against you? It’s not because there’s a shortage of kitchen knives in this country. It is because we believe in your humanity, against all the evidence.”
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