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Department
Communication
Course
COMM 121
Professor
West
Semester
Spring

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ANDREA DWORKIN READING “PORNOGRAPHY & MALE SUPREMACY” • Society based on the fact that men are superior to women o Male supremacy is either divine or natural; God is the supreme male, the Father • Sexuality of women seen as seductive and sluttish, a provocation men respond to • Theological terms: men are superior because God/He made it so • Biological claims that male superiority resides in organ, fluid, etc. and that we should study  primates, fish, insects to see how they manage, especially with their women o Biological and theological people believe the same thing: women exist to be sexually  used by men, to reproduce, to keep the cave clean, to obey o Women is under him, literally and figuratively, where she belongs • In male­supremacist terms, sex is phallic sex; possession, conquest, taking o “Rape” comes from Latin word rapere, meaning steal, seize, carry away • Whatever can be stolen can be sold (relationship of prostitution to rape) o Women viewed as sexual chattel; lost sexual/reproductiv
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