Wisdom Lives in Words

Memorable Quotes by Andrea Dworkin

Women have been taught that, for us, the earth is flat, and that if we venture out, we will fall off the edge. Some of us have ventured out nevertheless, and so far we have not fallen off. It is my faith, my feminist faith, that we will not.
Andrea Dworkin
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Seduction is often difficult to distinguish from rape. In seduction, the rapist often bothers to buy a bottle of wine.
Andrea Dworkin
Money speaks, but it speaks with a male voice.
Andrea Dworkin
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.
Andrea Dworkin
Undernourished, intelligence becomes like the bloated belly of a starving child: swollen, filled with nothing the body can use.
Andrea Dworkin
While gossip among women is universally ridiculed as low and trivial, gossip among men, especially if it is about women, is called theory, or idea, or fact.
Andrea Dworkin
I see my books as a body of work, in my opinion, of singular importance and deeply disrespected in a way that is savagely unfair.
Andrea Dworkin
'Women's fashion' is a euphemism for fashion created by men for women.
Andrea Dworkin
Men know everything - all of them - all the time - no matter how stupid or inexperienced or arrogant or ignorant they are.
Andrea Dworkin
Male supremacy is fused into the language, so that every sentence both heralds and affirms it.
Andrea Dworkin
The genius of any slave system is found in the dynamics which isolate slaves from each other, obscure the reality of a common condition, and make united rebellion against the oppressor inconceivable.
Andrea Dworkin
People want me to shut up, but I won't. I believe social change is possible; that's why I'm an activist.
Andrea Dworkin
No woman needs intercourse; few women escape it.
Andrea Dworkin
Genocide begins, however improbably, in the conviction that classes of biological distinction indisputably sanction social and political discrimination.
Andrea Dworkin
I believe couples should have separate bedrooms.
Andrea Dworkin
Being a Jew, one learns to believe in the reality of cruelty and one learns to recognize indifference to human suffering as a fact.
Andrea Dworkin
Men who want to support women in our struggle for freedom and justice should understand that it is not terrifically important to us that they learn to cry; it is important to us that they stop the crimes of violence against us.
Andrea Dworkin
My hatred is precious. I don't want to waste it on those who are colluding in their own oppression.
Andrea Dworkin
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
Men are distinguished from women by their commitment to do violence rather than to be victimized by it.
Andrea Dworkin
You think intercourse is a private act; it's not, it's a social act. Men are sexually predatory in life; and women are sexually manipulative. When two individuals come together and leave their gender outside the bedroom door, then they make love.
Andrea Dworkin
The common erotic project of destroying women makes it possible for men to unite into a brotherhood; this project is the only firm and trustworthy groundwork for cooperation among males and all male bonding is based on it.
Andrea Dworkin
Childbearing is glorified in part because women die from it.
Andrea Dworkin
Only when manhood is dead - and it will perish when ravaged femininity no longer sustains it - only then will we know what it is to be free.
Andrea Dworkin
People don't understand the tyranny of media. The few women that the media will allow in have to think about male approval and their own success - and their writing reflects that.
Andrea Dworkin
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.
Andrea Dworkin