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Born: 1946-10-07
Profession: Activist
Nation: American
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It's particularly hard to take being stabbed in the back close to home. There's always a feeling of betrayal when people of your own group oppose you.

Tags: Betrayal, Feeling, Home

Can postmodernism hold the perpetrators of genocide accountable?

Tags: Genocide, Hold

In a society in which equality is a fact, not merely a word, words of racial or sexual assault and humiliation will be nonsense syllables.

Tags: Equality, Society, Words

In not having an appointment at Harvard, I'm in the company of a great many people whose work I admire tremendously, in particular women of color.

Tags: Great, Women, Work

It's mainly a few elite women who benefit greatly from standing with the forces that keep women down.

Tags: Few, Keep, Women

Politically, I call it rape whenever a woman has sex and feels violated.

Tags: Call, Sex, Woman

Instead of being lionized and admired for her genius, instead of being able to earn a decent living as a writer, Andrea Dworkin was misrepresented and demonized.

Tags: Able, Her, Living

Men who are in prison for rape think it's the dumbest thing that ever happened... they were put in jail for something very little different from what most men do most of the time and call it sex. The only difference is they got caught. It may also be true.

Tags: Men, Sex, Time

Postmodernism is an academic theory, originating in academia with an academic elite, not in the world of women and men, where feminist theory is rooted.

Tags: Men, Theory, Women

So the idea that there is nothing essential, in the sense that there are no human universals, is dogma. Ask most anyone who is going to be shot at dawn.

Tags: Human, Idea, Sense

To be a prisoner means to be defined as a member of a group for whom the rules of what can be done to you, of what is seen as abuse of you, are reduced as part of the definition of your status.

Tags: Done, Group, Means

What postmodernism gives us instead is a multicultural defense for male violence - a defense for it wherever it is, which in effect is a pretty universal defense.

Tags: Pretty, Universal, Violence
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