Quotation by Andrea Dworkin

In this society, the norm of masculinity is phallic aggression. Male sexuality is, by definition, intensely and rigidly phallic. A man's identity is located in his conception of himself as the possessor of a phallus; a man's worth is located in his pride in phallic identity. The main characteristic of phallic identity is that worth is entirely contingent on the possession of a phallus. Since men have no other criteria for worth, no other notion of identity, those who do not have phalluses are not recognized as fully human.
Andrea Dworkin (b. 1946), U.S. feminist, critic. Speech, March 1, 1975, State University of New York, Stony Brook. "The Rape Atrocity and the Boy Next Door," ch. 4, Our Blood (1976).
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