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1 Andrea Dworkin ( )

2 Bibliography Intercourse', 1987 ‘Heartbreak: the political memoir of a feminist militant’, Basic Books, 2002 ‘Scapegoat: the Jews, Israel and Women’s Liberation’, 2000 ‘Life and Death’, 1997 ‘Mercy’,, 1992 ‘Pornography: men possessing women’, 1981 ‘Women Hating’, 1974

3 Brief biography  Born in New Jersey  Briefly married to Cornelius Dirk de Bruin in the Netherlands  Abused by husband, gets divorced  Returns to New York in the 1970s, joins the burgeoning feminist movement  Relationship with John Stoltenberg  Highly polarising career as feminist

4 Intercourse  One of the most polarising books of our time  “still being reviled in print by people who have never read it, reduced to slogans by journalists posing as critics or sages or deep thinkers, treated as if it were odious and hateful by every asshole who thinks that what will heal this violent world is more respect for dead white men.“  Possession  Intercourse an expression of power and dominance  For women, this precludes the possibility of mutual respect or integrity  "Intercourse is the pure, sterile, formal expression of men's contempt for women,“  The “All sex is rape” misattribution

5 Prostitution and Pornography  An exploitative medium of mass propaganda by which male supremacy is translated.  “In pornography I found a map, a geography of male dominance in the sexual realm, with sex clearly defined as dominance and submission, not as equality or reciprocity”  “Money as a symbol of servitude”  "Pornography is a celebration of rape and injury to women; it's a kind of union for rapists, a way of legitimising rape and formalising male supremacy in our society.“  Linda Lovelace and Deepthroat  The feminist sex wars of the 70s and ‘pro-sex feminists’

6 Dworkinisms  “Dead men don’t rape”  Romance: “rape embellished with meaningful looks”  “In seduction, the rapist often bothers to buy a bottle of wine.“  "I really believe a woman has the right to execute a man who has raped her."  "men are shits and take pride in it.“  "a semi-automatic gun is one answer“ – on the problem of sexual violence against women

7 Legacy & Criticism  "the most misrepresented writer in the western world". – John Berger  "Unless [we] acknowledge the confidence and pride women have often felt within hetero sexual culture... [we] run the risk of reducing women's potential power.“ – Elaine Showalter  Has she ultimately done more harm than good for feminism?  Unique style  The 2000 rape  Essentialising and alienating. Too “ battle of the sexes”


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