Andrea Rita Dworkin

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Andrea Dworkin in 1988.

Andrea Rita Dworkin (September 26, 1946 – April 9, 2005) was an American radical feminist writer and activist best known for her analysis of pornography. Her feminist writings, beginning in 1974, span 30 years. They are found in a dozen solo works: nine books of non-fiction, two novels, and a collection of short stories. Another three volumes were co-written or co-edited with US Constitutional law professor and feminist activist, Catharine MacKinnon.[1]

The central objective of Dworkin's work is analyzing Western society, culture, and politics through the prism of men's sexual violence against women in a patriarchal context.[2]

Julie Bindel argued in 2019 that feminists should embrace Dworkin.[3][4]

Dworkin regarded gender as a social or cultural construct. This was made clear in her work. If she was still alive she would likely be a trans ally.[5][6] Thus while a radical feminist Dworkin would not be a TERF.


"I want to see a man beaten to a bloody pulp with a high-heel shoved in his mouth, like an apple in the mouth of a pig." [7]

"Marriage as an institution developed from rape as a practice." [8]

"For men I suspect that this transformation begins in the place they most dread—that is, in a limp penis. I think that men will have to give up their precious erections and begin to make love as women do together." [9] [10] [11]

"The discovery is, of course, that “man” and “woman” are fictions, caricatures, cultural constructs. As models they are reductive, totalitarian, inappropriate to human becoming. As roles they are static, demeaning to the female, dead-ended for male and female both. The discovery is inescapable: We are, clearly, a multisexed species which has its sexuality spread along a vast continuum where the elements called male and female are not discrete." [12] [13]

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