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Intercourse by Andrea Dworkin
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Aug 25, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: memoir, nonfiction, gender-business

Intercourse happens to be one of those books that everyone in the academic world feels comfortable deriding without going through the trouble of reading it. To be sure, Dworkin is a difficult lady. She is not polite. She is not one to mince words or hide her anger. She is not kind to the dominant paradigm, and she will not take "because it is easy and convenient" as an answer for any sin.

Her critics would have you believe that Intercourse is a diatribe about the evil of heterosexual contact, and even men as a whole. This is patently untrue. Dworkin's book is actually, at times, one of the most beautiful accounts of physical intimacy in the world of nonfiction. But it demands that contact be thoughtful, and equal, and contextualized. Her discussion of skin and its functions both physically and spiritually is one of the highlights.

You must read this book before you presume to open your mouth against Dworkin, or anti-porn / radical feminism at all. You'll be glad.

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Ashley Dude, do you own this book and could I borrow it sometime? ...for my edjamacation/ so I can explain it to everyone I date so that they don't alienate you in future??

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Mila Pavkovic She is not difficult, she is I will spell it out for ya:R-E-A-L-I-S-T-I-C AND S-P-O-T O-N. The fact that she doesn't try not to hurt male fragile ego is making this book glorious.

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