Genocide begins, however improbably, in the conviction that classes of biological distinction indisputably sanction social and political discrimination.

— Andrea Dworkin

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Marriage as an institution developed from rape as a practice.

Rape, originally defined as abduction, became marriage by capture. Marriage meant the taking was to extend in time, to be not only use of but possession of, or ownership.

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Feminism is hated because women are hated.

Anti-feminism is a direct expression of misogyny; it is the political defense of women hating.

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Any man will follow any feminine looking thing down any dark alley;

I've always wanted to see a man beaten to a shit bloody pulp with a high-heeled shoe stuffed up his mouth, sort of the pig with the apple; it would be good to put him on a serving plate but you'd need good silver.

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Pornography incarnates male supremacy.

It is the DNA of male dominance. Every rule of sexual abuse, every nuance of sexual sadism, every highway and byway of sexual exploitation, is encoded in it.

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Three, community built on androgynous identity will mean the end of transsexuality as we know it. Either the transsexual will be able to expand his/her sexuality into a fluid androgyny, or, as roles disappear, the phenomenon of transsexuality will disappear and that energy will be transformed into new modes of sexual identity and behavior.

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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.

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In her heart she is a mourner for those who have not survived.

In her soul she is a warrior for those who are now as she was then. In her life she is both celebrant and proof of women's capacity and will to survive, to become, to act, to change self and society. And each year she is stronger and there are more of her.

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The genius of any slave system is found in the dynamics which isolate slaves from each other, obscure the reality of a common condition, and make united rebellion against the oppressor inconceivable.

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

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Pornography is the essential sexuality of male power: of hate, of ownership, of hierarchy; of sadism, of dominance.

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Any violation of a woman's body can become sex for men; this is the essential truth of pornography.

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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.

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About Andrea Dworkin

Quotes 129 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Critic
Birthday October 16

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

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Men who want to support women in our struggle for freedom and justice should understand that it is not terrifically important to us that they learn to cry; it is important to us that they stop the crimes of violence against us.

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Sexism is the foundation on which all tyranny is built.

Every social form of hierarchy and abuse is modeled on male-over-female domination.

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

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One of the differences between marriage and prostitution is that in marriage you only have to make a deal with one man.

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Feminism is a political practice of fighting male supremacy on behalf of women as a class, including all the women you don't like, including all the women you don't want to be around, including all the women who use to be your best friends whom you don't want anything to do with any more. It doesn't matter who the individual women are.

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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.

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Men characterize pornography as something mental because their minds, their thoughts, their dreams, their fantasies, are more real to them than women's bodies or lives; in fact, men have used their social power to characterize a $10-billion-a-year trade in women as fantasy.

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Male supremacy is fused into the language, so that every sentence both heralds and affirms it.

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We have a double standard, which is to say, a man can show how much he cares by being violent-see, he's jealous, he cares-a woman shows how much she cares by how much she's willing to be hurt; by how much she will take; how much she will endure; how suicidal she's prepared to be.

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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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Violation is a synonym for intercourse.

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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.

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Men know everything - all of them - all the time - no matter how stupid or inexperienced or arrogant or ignorant they are.

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Under patriarchy, every woman's son is her potential betrayer and also the inevitable rapist or exploiter of another woman.

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The argument between wives and whores is an old one;

each one thinking that whatever she is, at least she is not the other.

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You think intercourse is a private act;

it's not, it's a social act. Men are sexually predatory in life; and women are sexually manipulative. When two individuals come together and leave their gender outside the bedroom door, then they make love.

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The essence of oppression is that one is defined from the outside by those who define themselves as superior by criteria of their own choice.

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Feminist art... will take the great human themes – love, death, heroism, suffering, history itself – and render them fully human.

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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.

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If pornography releases sexual tension, why don't we send recipe books to the starving?

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

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Women have been taught that, for us, the earth is flat, and that if we venture out, we will fall off the edge. Some of us have ventured out nevertheless, and so far we have not fallen off. It is my faith, my feminist faith, that we will not.

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Childbearing is glorified in part because women die from it.

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One of the reasons that women are kept in a state of economic degradation- because that's what it is for most women- is because that is the best way to keep women sexually available.

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We must refuse to submit to those institutions which are by definition sexist - marriage, the nuclear family, religions built on the myth of feminine evil.

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The utopian male concept which is the premise of male pornography is this--since manhood is established and confirmed over and against the brutalized bodies of women, men need not aggress against each other; in other words, women absorb male aggression so that men are safe from it.

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The annihilation of a woman's personality, individuality, will, character, is prerequisite to male sexuality.

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On the Left, on the Right, in the Middle;

Authors, statesmen, thieves; so-called humanists and self-declared fascists; the adventurous and the contemplative, in every realm of male expression and action, violence is experienced and articulated as love and freedom.

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The common erotic project of destroying women makes it possible for men to unite into a brotherhood; this project is the only firm and trustworthy groundwork for cooperation among males and all male bonding is based on it.

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Undernourished, intelligence becomes like the bloated belly of a starving child: swollen, filled with nothing the body can use.

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Feminist art may... though perhaps our imaginations are so mutilated now that we are incapable even of the ambition, introduce a new theme... should we call it 'joy'?

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The new pornography is left-wing; and the new pornography is a vast graveyard where the Left has gone to die. The Left cannot have its whores and its politics too.

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I'm a radical feminist, not the fun kind.

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Men have defined the parameters of every subject.

All feminist arguments, however radical in intent or consequence, are with or against assertions or premises implicit in the male system, which is made credible or authentic by the power of men to name.

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Wild intelligence abhors any narrow world;

and the world of women must stay narrow, or the woman is an outlaw. No woman could be Nietzsche or Rimbaud without ending up in a whorehouse or lobotomized.

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Erotica is simply high-class pornography;

better produced, better conceived, better executed, better packaged, designed for a better class of consumer.

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