Quotation by Andrea Dworkin

Masculinity can only be experienced, achieved, recognized, and embodied in opposition to femininity. When men posit sex, violence, and death as elemental erotic truths, they mean this—that sex, or fucking, is the act which enables them to experience their own reality, or identity, or masculinity most concretely; that violence, or sadism, is the means by which they actualize that reality, or identity, or masculinity; and that death, or negation, or nothingness, or contamination by the female is what they risk each time they penetrate into what they imagine to be the emptiness of the female hole.
Andrea Dworkin (b. 1946), U.S. feminist, critic. speech, Sept. 26, 1975, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge. "The Root Cause," ch. 9, Our Blood (1976).
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