[image is copyrighted 2006, by the Estate of Andrea Dworkin, and was found here. I hope John Stoltenberg doesn't mind me using it here, where Andrea's speeches have been gathered by Nikki Craft. Thank you, Nikki.]
All quotes are by Andrea Dworkin, civil and human rights activist, writer, speaker, and one of the most wonderful, warm, caring, decent, ethical human beings I've ever had the pleasure to know.
• By the time we are women, fear is as familiar to us as air; it is our element. We live in it, we inhale it, we exhale it, and most of the time we do not even notice it. Instead of "I am afraid," we say, "I don't want to," or "I don't know how," or "I can't."
• Feminism is hated because women are hated. Anti-feminism is a direct expression of misogyny; it is the political defense of women hating.
• Being a Jew, one learns to believe in the reality of cruelty and one learns to recognize indifference to human suffering as a fact.
• 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.
• Feminists are often asked whether pornography causes rape. The fact is that rape and prostitution caused and continue to cause pornography. Politically, culturally, socially, sexually, and economically, rape and prostitution generated pornography; and pornography depends for its continued existence on the rape and prostitution of women.
• Pornography is used in rape - to plan it, to execute it, to choreograph it, to engender the excitement to commit the act. [Andrea testimony before the New York Attorney General's Commission on Pornography in 1986]
• 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.
• 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.
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