Operation Gender War Chapter 24 – pg8

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Andrea Dworkin

Andrea Dworkin, a college lecturer, has helped make up many of todays female minds. She has probably been studied in most woman’s studies departments in universities and has had a profound affect-effect upon contemporary society.

Propaganda and Inequality. To Dworkin it is: “a woman-hating society where women are sex and dirt in one human body; the screwed one: passive, inert, and open….”109
Andrea Dworkin feels somehow that equality between the sexes is reality, and that there is abuse going on, abuse of this equality. Dworkin was educated in a proudly “democratic” society that claims to possess: civil equality, human rights and freedom of speech.

The two-party system, and the other grand narratives and “enduring truths” about Americas mission to protect the world from evil and to raise up the Holy Grail of democracy and market economics were all included in the common public fare served up to the equals of Dworkins time. It’s been called the rant of the mediocre, these claims of rights and privileges, the tunes that indoctrinate those in the land of the free. Dworkin wails and bitches at the males, who she says are running the show and ruining the realizing of all these normative assumptions – equality, civil rights, freedom, etc. She says the men dictate to women just where they can go, what they can be.

But Dworkins anger is overly reactive, simply more of the victimization siren song. Wanting the world to be like sugar and spice is useless; the real world needs attending, and Andrea — democrat, egalitarian, gender feminist — into hell many a young lady is sending. Like countless new-ager chicks, Dworkin has gotten matronly make-believe, wish-thinking fab phrases (advertisement socialization) and government propaganda all mixed in a deceptive brew. Here the hungry heart is an organ of compassion, tenderness, heavenly and brotherly love — the chaste forms of love.

On Sexuality. Of course Andrea, who tries to force a warm heart-centered equality between the sexes, seeks to find a level ground where this can exist. But virginity for women, chastity for men may be the only level upon which her idealism can avoid broad neurotic chagrin. She has told Jewish women to betray their husbands.

Sex must be like some smut to Andrea, with men trained to initiate this dirt. Of course, Dworkin reads, as a college English teacher, and then the fiction she’s perused gives her a third-party mental picture of emotional, moral and sexual themes. She then uses this fiction as a backdrop to do her male rape, the assault upon gender. She paints males as cruel, violent, suffering a loneliness they cant endure. They are alienated, she says, because of their own detachment or abstraction, and they are self-obsessed and in need of women to help them cope with their male nakedness which is loathsome to them. “For men, the meaning of a womans naked body is life itself”, says Andrea.110

Numbed abstraction — that is what Dworkin calls male sexual desire, a desire of watching, displacement. Does she, through this reading, studying, analyzing, through her appropriation of meaning from fictionalized dramas and characters, become like the men she terms prisoners of a numbed abstraction? Or does she have a life that supplies her the answers? Neurotic feelings of victimization inhibit the heart. The heart shrunken by lust or hate could go for actions violent. And swiftly.

Is it sad that Andrea will never get her wish, to live in a permanent fantasyland where all are equal and able to do as they please — just like her grade-school teachers storybooks pretended it to be?

The Female “Antibeing”. But when a male can slice into female flesh, well, equality to Dworkin just disappears: “Male authority, religious authority, and civic authority all converged, indistinguishable, at the point of entry into a womans body….”111 Ms. Dworkin thinks being inside a womans genitals is ownership, possession: “deeper, more intimate, than any other kind of possession”. To her having sex and being owned are inseparately the same, they are sex for women under male domination as a social system. A womans insides, her sex, become part of the males domain and, he can thus possess her as an individual — be her lord and master. Andrea Dworkin even declares that to most men most women are not considered private, distinct individuals. Then strangely Dworkin goes on to claim that females have to learn to respond to male touch, as sex, as love! But this ability to even feel sexual pleasure is learned, she says, within the narrow confines of male sexual domination.112

All women know, says Ms. Dworkin, is they are to restrict pleasure to being owned.112 This pleasure will become an erosion of the self and the erosion of her physical reality, according to Ms. Dworkin, as well as a psychological possession and domination. This possession is so severe that it’s described as antibeing for the women — her body used, her will raped. Sexual intercourse means the disappearance of the woman as an individual, because the individual is possessed and

“ceases to exist as a discrete individual; is taken over…. Being
owned and being fucked are or have been virtually synonymous experiences in the lives of women. He owns you; he fucks you”.

Natural intercourse seems to amount to some notion of trespass to Andrea Dworkin, since she describes intercourse as turning a female’s insides into part of a man’s domain, over which he asserts a feudal dominance. And her “insides are worn away over time, and she, possessed, becomes weak, depleted, usurped in all her mental and physical energies and capacities by the one who has taken her over”. To Dworkin this amounts to the stunning logic of male supremacy. Sticking things into others is bad, bad, bad! Or penis envy is now for real? Will Andreas lack of personal fulfillment be analysed as a repressed sexual desire, and will this be said to be stimulating her anger?

Men as Beasts. To this feminist icon, Andrea Dworkin, whose writings are now being taught to millions and millions of teenagers and university women, men are the beasts, the users and conscious abusers. Men she degrades as unmotivated, even by beauty, quoting Lenny Bruce: “You put guys on a desert island and they’ll do it to the mud”.

The way Dworkin pictures the male sex drive, full of neurosis, hysterics and reactive inferiority brings a view of the male sex drive as something akin to the insurance of neurotic collective guilt. She perceives males as the cause of society’s self-destructive behavior and helplessness. Dworkin, along with Pipher, Gilligan, Faludi, Wolf and Steinem, and their numerous gender feminist followers are responsible for many women forsaking marriage and relationships with men; and for the ever-increasing and wide-open lesbianism that is becoming a symbol of American culture.

Attention Men

Ever listen, men, to Eve Ensler, writer of the Vagina Monologues, talking about the vagina brain, a separate brain where knowledge of the world comes through the body? And the reason the earths in so much trouble is because the vagina intelligence has been damaged. By rape, battery, sexual abuse and terror.

So all you western feminized guys, are you now alerted and with chagrin making moves to protect yourselves from this scathing rebuke and insult? You are demeaned as dog-men — dangerous, violent and ignorant abusers of the female. You are scum to be stepped over, ground from society and kicked about — this the message, what it’s about. The women have organized, and theyll take all you have got, your job, your kids and your future.

And youll be further taught! That is why Feminist Expo 2000 came! Expo 2000 was to ignite…fighting for woman’s empowerment, expanding feminism globally, promoting a gender perspective…and the rights of women, lesbians…. Any clue guys?

Most of you have been raised by females. The first seven years always mold the person, and elementary teachers have always been mainly female, and thus feminism has flushed all around our western society for over 200 years.

Your “truth” came from mommy and from teachers
professionally sincere,
And have you bought in, been washed away in their tears?

1 Lionel Tiger, The Decline of Males (New York: St. Martin’s Griffin, 1999), pp. 200-201.
2 Stuart Miller and Rich Zubaty, “Reuniting Fathers with their Families,” Washington Times, December 19, 1995, p. A19.
3 Ibid., p. A19.
4 Ibid., p. A19.
5 Lionel Tiger, The Decline of Males, p. 23.
6 Ibid., p. 166.
7 Miller and Zubaty, “Reuniting Fathers with their Families,” p. A19.
8 Susan Faludi, Backlash: the Undeclared War Against American Women (New York: Crown, 1991).
9 James Petersen, The Century of Sex (New York: Grove Press, 1999), p. 442.
10 Naomi Wolf, The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women (Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1992).
11 Ibid.
12 Naomi Wolf, Fire with Fire: The New Female Power and How it Will Change the 21st Century (London: Chatto & Windus, 1993), p. 14.
13 Christina Hoff Sommers, Who Stole Feminism? (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1994), p. 136.
14 Arthur Schopenhauer, “On Women.” In D.H. Parker, ed., Schopenhauer Selections (New York, Charles Scribner, 1928).
15 Ibid.
16 Ibid.
17 Immanuel Kant, “Observations on the Beautiful and Sublime.” J.T. Goldthwait, ed., (University of California Press, 1960).
18 Ibid.
19 Ibid.
20 Ibid.
21 Ibid.
22 Ibid.
23 Rev. S. Thelwall, translator, The Writings of Tertullian (Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1869), vol. 1, chp. 2.
24 Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil. Quoted by Arkada Plotnitsky, “The Medusa’s Ears: the Quest of Nietzsche, the Question of Gender, and Transformations of Theory.” In Peter Burgard, ed., Nietzsche and the Feminine (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1994), p. 244.
25 Ibid., p. 244.
26 Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil. Translated by Helen Zimmern (Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 1977), p.104. Also: Walter Kaufmann, Basic Writings of Nietzsche (New York: Random House, 1966), 1992 edition, p. 358.
27 C.G. Jung, Aspects of the Feminine (New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1982), p. 63.
28 Ibid., p. 64.
29 Hoff Sommers, Who Stole Feminism?, p. 201.
30 Murray Straus and Richard Gelles, Physical Violence in America (New Bruinswick, NJ: Transaction Publications, 1991).
30a. Journal of the Americn Medical Association, June 22-29, 1984
31 Lenore Walker, The Battered Woman (New York: Harper Colophon Books, 1979).
32 Hoff Sommers, Who Stole Feminism?, p. 190.
33 Ibid., p. 207.
34 Ibid., p. 12.
35 Ibid., p. 11.
36 Ibid., p. 13.
37 Naomi Wolf, The Beauty Myth, p. 166.
38 Michael Rivero, “Scholarly Articles about Husband Abuse.” Jan. 12, 2000 (rivero@kwcc.com).
39 Hugh Nations, “Some Facts about Rape and Accusations of Rape.” Transitions: Journal of Men’s Perspectives, November-December 1994 (published by National Coalition of Free Men, PO Box 129, Manhasset, NY 11030). The data in this paragraph all come from Nation’s article.
40 Purdue University study, 1994.
41 Ibid.
42 Hoff Sommers, Who Stole Feminism?, p. 210.
43 Ibid., p. 213
44 Ibid., p. 214
45 American Association of University Women (AAUW), “Shortchanging Girls, Shortchanging America.” (Washington, DC: AAUW Foundation, 1991).
46 Hoff Sommers, Who Stole Feminism?, p. 141.
47 Christina Hoff Sommers, The War Against Boys (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000), p. 111.
48 Hoff Sommers, Who Stole Feminism?, pp. 154-155, 160. Data and quotes in this and the following paragraph.
49 Ibid., p. 161.
50 Mary Pipher, Reviving Ophelia (New York: Ballantine Books, 1995), p. 27.
51 Hoff Sommers, Who Stole Feminism?, p. 161.
52 Kant, “Observations on the Feeling of the Place of the Beautiful and Sublime.”
53 Hoff Sommers, The War Against Boys, p. 128.
54 Ibid., p. 137.
55 Tiger, The Decline of Males, p. 248.
56 Hoff Sommers, Who Stole Feminism?, p.239.
57 Ibid., p. 199.
58 Ibid., p. 191.
59 Ibid., p. 195.
60 See “Domestic Violence” on F.A.C.T. (Fathers Are Capable Too) Canadian web page [www. Fact.on.cal]
61 Hoff Sommers, Who Stole Feminism?, p. 197.
62 Warren Farrell, Father and Child Reunion (New York: Tarcher Putnam, 2001), p. 104.
63 Ibid., p. 171.
64 Hoff Sommers, The War Against Boys, p. 129.
65 Farrell, Father and Child Reunion, pp. 29, 85.
66 Ibid., p. 192.
67 Ibid., p. 174.
68 Ibid., p. 198.
69 Ibid., p. 12.
70 Tiger, The Decline of Males, p. 161.
71 Ibid., p. 161.
72 Ibid., p. 172.
73 Ibid., p. 161.
74 Farrell, Father and Child Reunion, p. 242.
75 Ibid., p. 134.
76 Tasker and Boswell, Ottawa Citizen, February 4, 1999.
77 Farrell, Father and Child Reunion, pp. 10, 259.
78 Ibid., p.10.
79 Ibid., p. 76-77. (Source of facts and quotation in this paragraph and facts in the following paragraph.)
80 Ibid., p. 32-33. (Source of facts in this paragraph.)
81 K.D. Pruett and R. Litzenberger, “Latency of Children Nurtured by Fathers,” Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 1997.
82 Farrell, Father and Child Reunion, p. 180.
83 Ibid., p. 144.
84 Ibid., p. 100.
85 Ibid., p. 201.
86 Ibid., p. 79.
87 Ibid., p. 200.
88 Ibid., p. 79.
89 Ibid., p. 83.
90 Ibid., p. 78.
91 Ibid., p. 48.
92 Ibid., p. 72.
93 Ibid., p. 106.
94 Ibid., p. 48.
95 Ibid., p. 72.
96 Ibid., p. 61.
97 Ibid., p. 33-37.
98 See “Domestic Violence” on F.A.C.T. (Fathers Are Capable Too) Canadian web page [www. Fact.on.cal]
99 Ibid.
100 Ibid.
101 personal communication. Keith Harris, Dec. 31, 1999 (keithnharris@canada.com). “Family Homicide: Family Violence in Canada.” Statistics Canada, Cat. No. 85-224.
102 personal communication. Keith Harris, Dec. 31, 1999 (keithnharris@canada.com).
103 Stuart Miller. American Fathers Coalition web page, September 1997. His sources: FBI, Uniform Crime Reports 1994-1995; Murder in Families, Bureau of Justice Statistics, US Department of Justice, July 1994; Warren Farrell, Myth of Male Power (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1993), p. 281.
104 Ibid.
105 Murray Straus, Richard Gelles and Suzanne Steinmetz, Behind Closed Doors: Violence in the American Family, (Garden City, NY: Anchor Doubleday, 1980).
106 M. Brinkerhoff and E. Lupri, “Interspousal Violence,” Canadian Journal of Sociology 13, no.4 (1988):407-434.
107 Tiger, The Decline of Males, p. 3.
108 Pipher, Reviving Ophelia, pp. 17-44.
109 Andrea Dworkin, Intercourse (London: Arrow Books, 1987), p.182.
110 Ibid., p. 33
111 Ibid., p. 71.
112 Ibid., pp. 66-67.

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