Quotes of Andrea Dworkin

“ Books were my church but even more my native land, my place of refuge, my DP camp. I was an exile early on, but exile welcomed me; it was were I belonged. ”

- Andrea Dworkin

“ Books were my church but even more my native land, my place of refuge, my DP camp. I was an exile early on, but exile welcomed me; it was were I belonged. ”

- Andrea Dworkin

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

- Andrea Dworkin

“ As long as there is rape... there is not going to be any peace or justice or equality or freedom. You are not going to become what you want to become or who you want to become. You are not going to live in the world you want to live in. ”

- Andrea Dworkin

“ 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. ”

- Andrea Dworkin

“ 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. ”

- Andrea Dworkin

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

- Andrea Dworkin

“ 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. ”

- Andrea Dworkin

“ 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. ”

- Andrea Dworkin

“ As long as there is rape... there is not going to be any peace or justice or equality or freedom. You are not going to become what you want to become or who you want to become. You are not going to live in the world you want to live in. ”

- Andrea Dworkin

“ 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. ”

- Andrea Dworkin

“ Romantic love, in pornography as in life, is the mythic celebration of female negation. For a woman, love is defined as her willingness to submit to her own annihilation. The proof of love is that she is willing to be destroyed by the one whom she loves, for his sake… ”

- Andrea Dworkin

“ The will to domination is a ravenous beast. There are never enough warm bodies to satiate its monstrous hunger. Once alive, this beast grows and grows, feeding on all the life around it, scouring the earth to find new sources of nourishment. This beast lives in each man who battens on female servitude. ”

- Andrea Dworkin

“ 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. ”

- Andrea Dworkin

“ 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. ”

- Andrea Dworkin

“ 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. ”

- Andrea Dworkin

“ 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. ”

- Andrea Dworkin

“ By the time we are women, fear is as familiar to us as air. It is our element. We live in it, we inhale it, we exhale it, and most of the time, we do not even notice it. Instead of "I am afraid," we say, "I don't want to," or "I don't know how," or "I can't… ”

- Andrea Dworkin

“ Poetry, the genre of purest beauty, was born of a truncated woman: her head severed from her body with a sword, a symbolic penis. ”

- Andrea Dworkin

“ 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 I think, art which is not based on the subjugation of one half of the species. It is art which will take the great human themes — love, death, heroism, suffering, history itself — and render them fully human… ”

- Andrea Dworkin

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

- Andrea Dworkin

“ Eroticism is simply high-class pornography; better produced, better conceived, better executed, better packaged, designed for a better class of consumer. ”

- Andrea Dworkin

“ Erotica is simply high-class pornography; better produced, better conceived, better executed, better packaged, designed for a better class of consumer. ”

- Andrea Dworkin

“ Poetry, the genre of purest beauty, was born of a truncated woman: her head severed from her body with a sword, a symbolic penis. ”

- Andrea Dworkin

“ For a mother the project of raising a boy is the most fulfilling project she can hope for. She can watch him, as a child, play the games she was not allowed to play; she can invest in him her ideas, aspirations, ambitions, and values — or whatever she has left of them; she can watch her son, who came from her flesh and whose life was sustained by her work and devotion, embody her in the world… ”

- Andrea Dworkin

“ Sexism is the foundation on which all tyranny is built. Every social form of hierarchy and abuse is modeled on male-over-female domination. ”

- Andrea Dworkin

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

- Andrea Dworkin

“ Erotica is simply high-class pornography; better produced, better conceived, better executed, better packaged, designed for a better class of consumer. ”

- Andrea Dworkin

“ Eroticism is simply high-class pornography; better produced, better conceived, better executed, better packaged, designed for a better class of consumer. ”

- Andrea Dworkin

“ Erotica is simply high-class pornography; better produced, better conceived, better executed, better packaged, designed for a better class of consumer. ”

- Andrea Dworkin
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