Andrea Rita Dworkin (1946-2005) was an American radical feminist and writer, as well as anti-war activist and anarchist in the 1960s, best known for her criticism of pornography; she was married to John Stoltenberg. She wrote many books, such as Pornography: Men Possessing Women (Plume), Our Blood / Andrea Dworkin., Woman Hating (Plume), Heartbreak: The Political Memoir of a Feminist Militant, Intercourse, Scapegoat The Jews, Isreal, and women's Liberation, Life and Death, Right Wing Women, Mercy: A Novel, and Ice and Fire : A Novel.
She wrote in the Introduction to this 1993 collection, "These are essays and speeches, an occasional interview or book review, written from 1976 to 1987. I wrote them to communicate and to survive: as a writer and as a woman... Every piece in this book is part of my own war against the silence of women... These essays and speeches present a political point of view, an analysis, information, arguments, that are censored out of the Amerikan press... by the pornographers and to punish me for getting way out of line."
Here are some additional quotations from the book:
"One can know everything and still want desperately to know nothing because to face what we know is to question whether life is worth anything at all." (Pg. 21)
"Q: There are a lot of rumors about your lesbianism. No one quite seems to know what you do with whom. A: Good." (Pg. 59)
"Rape signifies that any woman, no matter how uppity she has become, can be reduced by force or intimidation to the lowest common denominator---a free piece of a__, there for the taking." (Pg. 119)
"I represent the morbid side of the women's movement. I deal with the s___, the real s___." (Pg. 133)
"The ultimate goal of feminism is to make feminism unnecessary. And that makes feminism different from other political movements in this country." (Pg. 143)