Quotation by Andrea Dworkin

Feminist art is not some tiny creek running off the great river of real art. It is not some crack in an otherwise flawless stone. It is, quite spectacularly I think, art which is not based on the subjugation of one half of the species. It is art which will take the great human themes—love, death, heroism, suffering, history itself—and render them fully human. It may also, though perhaps our imaginations are so mutilated now that we are incapable even of the ambition, introduce a new theme, one as great and as rich as those others—should we call it "joy"?
Andrea Dworkin (b. 1946), U.S. feminist critic. Speech, April 16, 1974, at Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts. "Feminism, Art, and My Mother Sylvia," ch. 1, published in Our Blood (1976).
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