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IntercourseAndrea DworkinFree Press1987

From Wikipedia: Intercourse is a 1987 book by Andrea Dworkin, in which the author offers a radical feminist analysis of sexual intercourse in literature and society. Dworkin is often said to argue that “all heterosexual sex is rape”, based on the line from the book that says “violation is a synonym for intercourse.” However, Dworkin has denied this interpretation, stating:

What I think is that sex must not put women in a subordinate position. It must be reciprocal and not an act of aggression from a man looking only to satisfy himself. That’s my point.

Andrea Dworkin in Mikkelson, Barbara. “Rape Seeded”. 28 September 2007.

In Intercourse, Dworkin argues that sexual subordination is central to men’s and women’s experiences of sexual intercourse in a male supremacist society, and reinforced throughout mainstream culture, including not only pornography but also in classic works of male-centric literature.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Ariel Levy

Part One: Intercourse in a Man Made World
Chapter 1: Repulsion
Chapter 2: Skinless 25
Chapter 3: Stigma 45
Chapter 4: Communion 59
Chapter 5: Possession 79

Part Two: The Female Condition
Chapter 6: Virginity
Chapter 7: Occupation/Collaboration

Part Three: Power, Status and Hate
Chapter 8: Law
Chapter 9: Dirt/Death