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Andrea Dworkin

  • 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.

  • No woman needs intercourse; few women escape it.

  • I love books the way I love nature. ... I can imagine now that a time will come, that it is almost upon us, when no one will love books ... It is no accident, I think, that books and nature (as we know it) may disappear simultaneously from human experience. There is no mind-body split.

    • Andrea Dworkin,
    • "First Love," in Julia Wolf Mazow, ed., The Woman Who Lost Her Names ()
  • It has always been to me, the ocean, overwhelming, monstrous, deep, dark, green and black, so foreign that it requires respect, silence, humility. ... All of the life in it is menacing, compelling, exquisite, with nothing consoling.

    • Andrea Dworkin,
    • "First Love," in Julia Wolf Mazow, ed., The Woman Who Lost Her Names ()
  • There is no place on earth, no day or night, no hour or minute, when one is not a Jew or a woman.

    • Andrea Dworkin,
    • "First Love," in Julia Wolf Mazow, ed., The Woman Who Lost Her Names ()
  • I dream that love without tyranny is possible.

    • Andrea Dworkin,
    • "First Love," in Julia Wolf Mazow, ed., The Woman Who Lost Her Names ()
  • 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.

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

  • Money speaks, but it speaks with a male voice.

  • Women do not believe that men believe what pornography says about women. But they do. From the worst to the best of them, they do.

  • 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. If they take it inside with them, they do something else, because society is in the room with them.

  • Touch is the meaning of being human.

  • Intercourse is the pure, sterile, formal expression of men's contempt for women.

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

  • There is nothing as dangerous as an unembodied principle: no matter what blood flows, the principle comes first. The First Amendment absolutists operate precisely on unembodied principle ...

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

  • Writing is alchemy. Dross becomes gold. Experience is transformed. Pain is changed. Suffering may become song. The ordinary or horrible is pushed by the will of the writer into grace or redemption, a prophetic wail, a screed for justice, an elegy of sadness or sorrow. ... There is always a tension between experience and the thing that finally carries it forward, bears its weight, holds it in. Without that tension, one might as well write a shopping list.

  • The creative mind is intelligence in action in the world.

    • Andrea Dworkin
  • I also had nightmares. Somehow all the feelings I didn't feel when each thing had actually happened to me I did feel when I slept.

    • Andrea Dworkin

Andrea Dworkin, U.S. writer, radical feminist

(1946 - 2005)

Full name: Andrea Rita Dworkin.