„Any violation of a woman's body can become sex for men; this is the essential truth of pornography.“

Source: Intercourse (1987), Chapter 7
Context: But the hatred of women is a source of sexual pleasure for men in its own right. Intercourse appears to be the expression of that contempt in pure form, in the form of a sexed hierarchy; it requires no passion or heart because it is power without invention articulating the arrogance of those who do the fucking. Intercourse is the pure, sterile, formal expression of men's contempt for women; but that contempt can turn gothic and express itself in many sexual and sadistic practices that eschew intercourse per se. Any violation of a woman's body can become sex for men; this is the essential truth of pornography.

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„A woman has a body that is penetrated in intercourse: permeable, its corporeal solidness a lie. The discourse of male truth—literature, science, philosophy, pornography—calls that penetration violation.“

—  Andrea Dworkin, book Intercourse

This it does with some consistency and some confidence. Violation is a synonym for intercourse. At the same time, the penetration is taken to be a use, not an abuse; a normal use; it is appropriate to enter her, to push into ("violate") the boundaries of her body. She is human, of course, but by a standard that does not include physical privacy.
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„Sports is to war as pornography is to sex.“

—  Jonathan Haidt American psychologist 1963

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—  John Hoole British translator 1727 - 1803

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„Of all the sex this certain truth is known,
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—  Ludovico Ariosto, book Orlando Furioso

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„It now seems that pornography is the leading sex educator in the Western world.“

—  Martin Amis Welsh novelist 1949

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—  Sung Jae-gi South Korean masculism activist 1967 - 2013

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