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Andrea Dworkin

Date de naissance: 26. septembre 1946
Date de décès: 9. avril 2005

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Andrea Dworkin est une essayiste américaine, théoricienne du féminisme radical. Elle est surtout connue pour sa critique de la pornographie, qu'elle rapprochait du viol et autres formes de violence contre les femmes.

Militante anti-guerre et proche de certains milieux anarchistes à la fin des années 1960, Dworkin a écrit plus d'une dizaine de livres sur la théorie et la pratique du féminisme radical. Pendant la fin des années 1970 et les années 1980, elle a gagné une renommée nationale comme porte-parole du mouvement féministe anti-pornographie, et pour ses écrits sur la pornographie et la sexualité, particulièrement Pornography: Men Possessing Women et Intercourse qui restent ses deux ouvrages les plus connus.

Sa personnalité et ses positions très tranchées, principalement sur la sexualité et la pornographie, ont été la cible de critiques, notamment de la part de féministes opposées à ses idées. Elle est aussi admirée et célébrée par de nombreuses autres féministes.

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Citations Andrea Dworkin

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„Violation is a synonym for intercourse.“

— Andrea Dworkin
Context: A woman has a body that is penetrated in intercourse: permeable, its corporeal solidness a lie. The discourse of male truth—literature, science, philosophy, pornography—calls that penetration violation. This it does with some consistency and some confidence. Violation is a synonym for intercourse. At the same time, the penetration is taken to be a use, not an abuse; a normal use; it is appropriate to enter her, to push into ("violate") the boundaries of her body. She is human, of course, but by a standard that does not include physical privacy. Chapter 7

„Objectification may well be the most singly destructive aspect of gender hierarchy“

— Andrea Dworkin
Context: Being female in this world is having been robbed of he potential for human choice by men who love to hate s. One does not make choices in freedom. Instead, one conforms in body type and behavior and values to become an object of male sexual desire, which requires an abandonment of a wide-ranging capacity for choice Objectification may well be the most singly destructive aspect of gender hierarchy, specially as it exists in relation to intercourse. Chapter 7

„Reforms are made, important ones' but the status of women relative to men does not change.“

— Andrea Dworkin
Context: Life can be better for women - economic and political conditions improved - and at the same time the status of women can remain resistant, in deed impervious, to change: so far in history this is precisely the paradigm for social change as it relates to the conditions of women. Reforms are made, important ones' but the status of women relative to men does not change. Women are still less significant, have less privacy, less integrity, less self-determination. This means that women have less freedom. Chapter 7

„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
Context: Anti-feminism is also operating whenever any political group is ready to sacrifice one group of women, one faction, some women, some kinds of women, to any element of sex-class oppression: to pornography, to rape, to battery, to economic exploitation, to reproductive exploitation, to prostitution. There are women all along the male-defined political spectrum, including both extreme ends of it, ready to sacrifice some women, usually not themselves, to the brothels or the farms. The sacrifice is profoundly anti-feminist; it is also profoundly immoral... "Anti-feminism," Right Wing Women (1983), pp. 230-231.

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„Any violation of a woman's body can become sex for men; this is the essential truth of pornography.“

— Andrea Dworkin
Context: But the hatred of women is a source of sexual pleasure for men in its own right. Intercourse appears to be the expression of that contempt in pure form, in the form of a sexed hierarchy; it requires no passion or heart because it is power without invention articulating the arrogance of those who do the fucking. Intercourse is the pure, sterile, formal expression of men's contempt for women; but that contempt can turn gothic and express itself in many sexual and sadistic practices that eschew intercourse per se. Any violation of a woman's body can become sex for men; this is the essential truth of pornography. Chapter 7

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„A commitment to sexual equality with men 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
Context: I want to see this men's movement make a commitment to ending rape because that is the only meaningful commitment to equality. It is astonishing that in all our worlds of feminism and antisexism we never talk seriously about ending rape. Ending it. Stopping it. No more. No more rape. In the back of our minds, are we holding on to its inevitability as the last preserve of the biological? Do we think that it is always going to exist no matter what we do? All of our political actions are lies if we don't make a commitment to ending the practice of rape. This commitment has to be political. It has to be serious. It has to be systematic. It has to be public. It can't be self-indulgent. "I Want a Twenty-Four Hour Truce During Which There Is No Rape" http://www.nostatusquo.com/ACLU/dworkin/WarZoneChaptIIIE.html (1983).

„I'm a radical feminist, not the fun kind.“

— Andrea Dworkin
"Dworkin on Dworkin," an interview originally published in Off Our Backs, reprinted in Radically Speaking: Feminism Reclaimed Ed. by Renate Klein and Diane Bell.

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