Andrea Dworkin

American radical feminist and writer

Lived from: 1946-2005

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

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




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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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    All personal, psychological, social, and institutionalized domination on this earth can be traced back to its source: the phallic identities of men.
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    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.
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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.
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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.''
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    Childbearing is glorified in part because women die from it.
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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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    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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    Genocide begins, however improbably, in the conviction that classes of biological distinction indisputably sanction social and political discrimination.
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    Male supremacy is fused into the language, so that every sentence both heralds and affirms it.
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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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    Men are distinguished from women by their commitment to do violence rather than to be victimized by it.
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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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    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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