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Andrea Dworkin Quotes and Sayings

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The argument between wives and whores is an old one;
each one thinking that whatever she is,
at least she is not the other.
- Andrea Dworkin

Childbearing is glorified in part because women die from it.
- 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

Money speaks, but it speaks with a male voice.
- 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

Seduction is often difficult to distinguish from rape.
In seduction, the rapist often bothers to buy a bottle of wine.
- Andrea Dworkin

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A commitment to sexual equality with males 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

Male supremacy is fused into the language,
so that every sentence both heralds and affirms it.
- Andrea Dworkin

Poetry, the genre of purest beauty, was born of a truncated woman:
her head severed from her body with a sword,
a symbolic penis.
- Andrea Dworkin

No phallic hero, no matter what he does to himself
or to another to prove his courage,
ever matches the solitary, existential courage of the woman who gives birth.
- Andrea Dworkin

All personal, psychological, social,
and institutionalized domination on this earth can
be traced back to its source:
the phallic identities of men.
- Andrea Dworkin

Erotica is simply high-class pornography;
better produced,
better conceived, better executed, better packaged,
designed for a better class of consumer.
- Andrea Dworkin

No woman needs intercourse; few women escape it.
- Andrea Dworkin

Men are distinguished from women by their commitment
to do violence rather than to be victimized by it.
- 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

"Women's fashion" is a euphemism for fashion created by men for women.
- 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

Genocide begins, however improbably,
in the conviction that classes of biological distinction
indisputably sanction social and political discrimination.
- 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

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

Women, for centuries not having access to pornography
and now unable to bear looking at the muck on the supermarket shelves,
are astonished.
Women do not believe that men believe what pornography says about women.
But they do.
From the worst to the best of them, they do.
- 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

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

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

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

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

Marriage as an institution developed from rape as a practice.
Rape, originally defined as abduction,
became marriage by capture.
Marriage meant the taking was to extend in time,
to be not only use of but possession of,
or ownership.
- Andrea Dworkin

Woman is not born: she is made.
In the making, her humanity is destroyed.
She becomes symbol of this, symbol of that:
mother of the earth,
slut of the universe; but she never becomes herself
because it is forbidden for her to do so.
- Andrea Dworkin

Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority
is not using his intelligence; he is just using his memory.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers,
who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt
to offer a solution everybody can understand.
- Colin Powell

The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it.
- Dale Carnegie

Keep cool; anger is not an argument.
- Daniel Webster

Never argue at the dinner table, for the one who is not hungry
always gets the best of the argument.
- Voltaire

A half truth, like half a brick, is always more forcible
as an argument than a whole one.
It carries better.
- Stephen Leacock

My life is my argument.
- Albert Schweitzer

If you can not answer a man's argument,
all is not lost; you can still call him vile names.
- Elbert Hubbard

I say, If everybody in this house lives where it's God first,
friends and family second and you third,
we won't ever have an argument.
- Jeff Foxworthy

The best argument against democracy is
a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
- Winston Churchill

No rational argument will have a rational effect on
a man who does not want to adopt a rational attitude.
- Karl Popper

There are clear cases in which "understanding" literally
applies and clear cases in which it does not apply;
and these two sorts of cases are all I need for this argument.
- John Searle

I do insist on making what I hope is sense so there's
always a coherent narrative or argument that the reader can follow.
- Howard Nemerov

People's minds are changed through observation and not through argument.
- Will Rogers

Advertising is the modern substitute for argument;
its function is to make the worse appear the better.
- George Santayana

Neither irony or sarcasm is argument.
- Samuel Butler

The argument of the strongest is always the best.
- Jean de La Fontaine

I have found you an argument; I am not obliged to find you an understanding.
- James Boswell

Convincing yourself doesn't win an argument.
- Robert Half

The long term versus the short term argument is one used by losers.
- Lord Acton

The sounder your argument, the more satisfaction you get out of it.
- Edward W. Howe

In argument, truth always prevails finally;
in politics,
falsehood always.
- Walter Savage Landor

If this phrase of the 'balance of power' is to be always an argument for war,
the pretext for war will never be wanting,
and peace can never be secure.
- John Bright

There was a very convincing argument made that the
extremists have won and the aggression is now supported by the majority,
therefore fighting until surrender was the only alternative.
- Joichi Ito

It was an argument of rare power and eloquence.
- William Henry Moody

It's the duty of a lawyer to represent anyone for whom
a responsible argument could be made.
- Lloyd Norton Cutler

He who establishes his argument by noise and command
shows that his reason is weak.
- Michel de Montaigne

The aim of argument, or of discussion,
should not be victory, but progress.
- Joseph Joubert

Observe which side resorts to the most vociferous name-calling
and you are likely to have identified the side with
the weaker argument and they know it.
- Charles R. Anderson

There is no good in arguing with the inevitable.
The only argument available with an east wind is to put on your overcoat.
- James Russell Lowell

You never need an argument against the use of violence,
you need an argument for it.
- Noam Chomsky

Better than any argument is to rise at dawn and pick
dew-wet red berries in a cup.
- Wendell Berry

Argument is conclusive, but it does not remove doubt,
so that the mind may rest in the sure knowledge of the truth,
unless it finds it by the method of experiment.
- Roger Bacon

Of course poets have morals and manners of their own,
and custom is no argument with them.
- Thomas Hardy

Any time three New Yorkers get into a cab without an argument,
a bank has just been robbed.
- Phyllis Diller

Argument is to me the air I breathe.
Given any proposition, I cannot help believing the
other side and defending it.
- Gertrude Stein

My argument has always been that this is not an anti-Bush film,
it's a pro-democracy film.
And if Bush comes out on the wrong side of democracy,
that's his problem.
- John Sayles

I later spent...
five to eight months in hospitals in New Jersey,
always on an involuntary basis, and always attempting
a legal argument for release.
- John Forbes Nash, Jr.

My argument is that War makes rattling good history;
but Peace is poor reading.
- Thomas Hardy

Be able to analyze statistics, which can be used to
support or undercut almost any argument.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Never get into an argument with a schizophrenic person and say,
"Who do you think you are?"
- Ray Combs


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