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 :: 1946-, American Feminist Critic

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''Women's fashion'' is a euphemism for fashion created by men for women.
~ Andrea Dworkin - [Fashion]

 

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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.
~ Andrea Dworkin - [Equality]

 

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A man can be a hero if he is a scientist, or a soldier, or a drug addict, or a disc jockey, or a crummy mediocre politician. A man can be a hero because he suffers and despairs; or because he thinks logically and analytically; or because he is ''sensitive;'' or because he is cruel. Wealth establishes a man as a hero, and so does poverty. Virtually any circumstance in a man's life will make him a hero to some group of people and has a mythic rendering in the culture -- in literature, art, theater, or the daily newspapers.
~ Andrea Dworkin - [Heroes and Heroism]

 

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All personal, psychological, social, and institutionalized domination on this earth can be traced back to its source: the phallic identities of men.
~ Andrea Dworkin - [Power]

 

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Being a Jew, one learns to believe in the reality of cruelty and one learns to recognize indifference to human suffering as a fact.
~ Andrea Dworkin - [Judaism and Jews]

 

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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 - [Fear]

 

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Childbearing is glorified in part because women die from it.
~ Andrea Dworkin - [Pregnancy]

 

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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.
~ Andrea Dworkin - [Eroticism]

 

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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.
~ Andrea Dworkin - [Feminism]

 

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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 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. It may also, though perhaps our imaginations are so mutilated now that we are incapable even of the ambition, introduce a new theme, one as great and as rich as those others --should we call it ''joy''?
~ Andrea Dworkin - [Arts and Artists]

 

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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. So while the project of raising a boy is fraught with ambivalence and leads inevitably to bitterness, it is the only project that allows a woman to be -- to be through her son, to live through her son.
~ Andrea Dworkin - [Sons]

 

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In this society, the norm of masculinity is phallic aggression. Male sexuality is, by definition, intensely and rigidly phallic. A man's identity is located in his conception of himself as the possessor of a phallus; a man's worth is located in his pride in phallic identity. The main characteristic of phallic identity is that worth is entirely contingent on the possession of a phallus. Since men have no other criteria for worth, no other notion of identity, those who do not have phalluses are not recognized as fully human.
~ Andrea Dworkin - [Men]

 

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Male supremacy is fused into the language, so that every sentence both heralds and affirms it.
~ Andrea Dworkin - [Language]

 

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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.
~ Andrea Dworkin - [Marriage]

 

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Men are rewarded for learning the practice of violence in virtually any sphere of activity by money, admiration, recognition, respect, and the genuflection of others honoring their sacred and proven masculinity. In male culture, police are heroic and so are outlaws; males who enforce standards are heroic and so are those who violate them.
~ Andrea Dworkin - [Violence]

 

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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.
~ Andrea Dworkin - [Definition]

 

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Men renounce whatever they have in common with women so as to experience no commonality with women; and what is left, according to men, is one piece of flesh a few inches long, the penis. The penis is sensate; the penis is the man; the man is human; the penis signifies humanity.
~ Andrea Dworkin - [Body]

 

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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.
~ Andrea Dworkin - [Feminism]

 

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Money speaks, but it speaks with a male voice.
~ Andrea Dworkin - [Money]

 

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No woman needs intercourse; few women escape it.
~ Andrea Dworkin - [Sex]

 

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