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Intercourse [Paperback]

Andrea Dworkin
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26 Jan 2011
Andrea Dworkin, once called "Feminism's Malcolm X," has been worshipped, reviled, criticized, and analyzed-but never ignored. The power of her writing, the passion of her ideals, and the ferocity of her intellect have spurred the arguments and activism of two generations of feminists. Now the book that she's best known for-in which she provoked the argument that ultimately split apart the feminist movement-is being reissued for the young women and men of the twenty-first century. Intercourse enraged as many readers as it inspired when it was first published in 1987. In it, Dworkin argues that in a male supremacist society, sex between men and women constitutes a central part of women's subordination to men. (This argument was quickly-and falsely-simplified to "all sex is rape" in the public arena, adding fire to Dworkin's already radical persona.) In her introduction to this twentieth-anniversary edition of Intercourse, Ariel Levy, the author of Female Chauvinist Pigs, discusses the circumstances of Dworkin's untimely death in the spring of 2005, and the enormous impact of her life and work. Dworkin's argument, she points out, is the stickiest question of feminism: Can a woman fight the power when he shares her bed?

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  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; 20Anniversary Ed edition (26 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0465017525
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465017522
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 152,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The most shocking book any feminist has yet written." Germaine Greer"

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Andrea Dworkin was the co-author, with Catharine A. MacKinnon, of civil rights legislation recognizing pornography as legally actionable sex discrimination. She wrote eleven books, including Pornography, Heartbreak, and Scapegoat. She died in April 2005 in Washington, D.C. Ariel Levy is a contributing editor at New York magazine, and the author of Female Chauvinist Pigs. She lives in New York City.

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Sorrow and the Pity... 1 May 2011
By John P. Jones III TOP 500 REVIEWER
In Ariel Levy's forward to my 2006 edition of this work, she says: "'Intercourse' is an inventive, combative, and wildly complicated piece of work, and to imagine that all there is between these covers is the assertion that all sex is rape is about as sophisticated as reducing Proust to a pile of Madeleine crumbs." I found Levy's sentiment quite correct. This book is wildly polarizing: just look at the reviews at Amazon, overwhelmingly concentrated in the one and five star categories. At the risk of being charged with that old Clinton "sin" of "triangulation," I find myself in the thinly populated middle crowd.

There is no question that Dworkin's book if grim; overall it is a most depressing "downer," characterizing what can be the most joyful and exciting of human experiences as universally negative. True, her personal experiences, if they are accepted as told, had to color her outlook, and they ranged from grim to grimmest. But what I have never heard adequately explained, from her supporters, is why, again and again, this very intelligent woman would enter into abusive relationships.

The strength of this book is Dworkin's erudition. She has read voluminously, and in this one work she has accumulated some damning evidence of misogynistic sentiments in the works of some "great (male) writers." For example, she dissects Leo Tolstoy's The Kreutzer Sonata and Other Stories (Oxford World's Classics), Abe Kobo's works, particularly
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35 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable 20 Nov 2000
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Funny how it only seems to be men who dislike this book...those of you who think she's man-hating, take a look at her past. With the amount she's been through, she's amazingly kind to you lot. You don't agree with her ideas? Good, that's what makes us interesting and individual. But take one moment to think of this, boys - thousands upon thousands of women support her work and her popularity is spreading. You figure it out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Outraged! 19 July 2006
I have to agree with the previous comment. Such radical views will of course always recieve backlash and criticism. This should not be seen as negative. Free speech is what we should be striving for, even if such views anger us.

The power of our white, patriachal societies are still very much invisible in western society and thus STILL need to be challenged. There is still a long way to go for women to become equals. I resent (and laugh at) such comments as, 'You can't say such radical comments about other minority groups' as it is a very different situation. I know the angle this argument is coming from, however I think ignorant racism that has no rational grounding and a feminist argument are v.different issues. We may not all agree with Dworkin's radical thinking, but it is vital to keep her work alive so we can build, adapt and analyze it so as to understand and progress the women's movement. I resent the immature and ridiculous comment about Dworkin's alleged rape. Whatever your own personal view, such comments are pathetic and completely uncalled for.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seeing a pattern... 22 Nov 2010
I have noticed that alot of feminist books on here have lower ratings than they deserve, especially Andrea Dworkin's work. Men are mostly the ones who give the negative reviews- go figure. 'Anyone who has read or heard anything from Dworkin that hasn't been misquoted or taken out of context would know that she didn't hate men. When men have the usual knee jerk reaction to women's rights it disturbs me because it proves that they really do hate women. Why else would it bother them so much when women want to be treated like human beings and with dignity?
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16 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a woman speaks the truth 6 Jun 1999
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Naturally, men will hate hearing the truth & it will take a long time for many women to finally overcome their oppression enough to admit that what Dworkin says is true. Phallic heydays are coming to a close, boys!
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