Quotation by Andrea Dworkin

Romantic love, in pornography as in life, is the mythic celebration of female negation. For a woman, love is defined as her willingness to submit to her own annihilation.... The proof of love is that she is willing to be destroyed by the one whom she loves, for his sake. For the woman, love is always self-sacrifice, the sacrifice of identity, will, and bodily integrity, in order to fulfill and redeem the masculinity of her lover.
Andrea Dworkin (b. 1946), U.S. feminist critic. Speech, September 26, 1975, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge. "The Root Cause," ch. 9, Our Blood (1976).
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