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1. “I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.”

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Author : Jane Austen
Source : Persuasion

2. “You must give everything to make your life as beautiful as the dreams that dance in your imagination.”

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Author : Roman Payne

3. “She is free in her wildness, she is a wanderess, a drop of free water. She knows nothing of borders and cares nothing for rules or customs. 'Time' for her isn’t something to fight against. Her life flows clean, with passion, like fresh water.”

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Author : Roman Payne

4. “No man's advice can change you unless you speak to yourself. Bible school or seminars can't change you, going to church can't change you except you decide to change.Psalm 139:23 - 24”

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Source : Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

5. “I was an adventurer, but she was not an adventuress. She was a 'wanderess.' Thus, she didn’t care about money, only experiences - whether they came from wealth or from poverty, it was all the same to her.”

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Author : Roman Payne
Source : The Wanderess

6. “As for you girls, you must risk everything for Freedom, and give everything for Passion, loving everything that your hearts and your bodies love. The only thing higher for a girl and more sacred for a young woman than her freedom and her passion should be her desire to make her life into poetry, surrendering everything she has to create a life as beautiful as the dreams that dance in her imagination.”

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Author : Roman Payne

7. “I know a girl from whose body sunbeams rose to the clouds as if they’d fallen from the sun.Her laugh was like a bangle of bells. “Your hair is wet,” I told her one day, “Did you take a bath?” “It is dew!” she laughed, “I’ve been lying in the grass. All morning long, I lay here waiting for the dawn.”

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Author : Roman Payne

8. “All I want in this life are three...a moonlit beach on the starlit sea,a breath of opium, and thee.”

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Author : Roman Payne

9. “As for girls, they must risk everything for freedom, and give everything for passion... loving everything that their hearts and their bodies love. The only thing higher for a girl and more sacred for a young woman than her freedom and her passion should be her desire to make her life into poetry, surrendering everything she has to create a life as beautiful as the dreams that dance in her imagination.”

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Author : Roman Payne

10. “My own sex, I hope, will excuse me, if I treat them like rational creatures, instead of flattering their fascinating graces, and viewing them as if they were in a state of perpetual childhood, unable to stand alone.”

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Source : A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

11. “I earnestly wish to point out in what true dignity and human happiness consists. I wish to persuade women to endeavor to acquire strength, both of mind and body, and to convince them that the soft phrases, susceptibility of heart, delicacy of sentiment, and refinement of taste, are almost synonymous with epithets of weakness, and that those beings are only the objects of pity, and that kind of love which has been termed its sister, will soon become objects of contempt.”

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Source : A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

12. “Reproductive freedom is critical to a whole range of issues. If we can’t take charge of this most personal aspect of our lives, we can’t take care of anything. It should not be seen as a privilege or as a benefit, but a fundamental human right.”

Tags : Abortion Feminism Freedom Reproductive Rights Women S Rights

13. “She could just pack up and leave, but she does not visualize what's beyond ahead.”

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Author : Núria Añó

14. “[In 16th century European society] Marriage was the triumphal arch through which women, almost without exception, had to pass in order to reach the public eye. And after marriage followed, in theory, the total self-abnegation of the woman.”

Tags : Dignity Empowerment Feminism Gender History Independence Inequality Marriage Married Life Matrimony Men Misogyny Perception Self Abnegation Self Determination Social Norms Subjugation Wedlock Women Women S Rights
Source : The Wives of Henry VIII

15. “While sports are indisputably a positive source of strength and self-development for girls, they can accomplish this only if the environment in which female athletes throw their javelins, kick their soccer balls, and swim their fast and furious laps is an environment that respects girls and takes them seriously as athletes.”

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16. “Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.”

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Author : Maya Angelou

17. “When all you know is pain you don’t know that that is not normal. It is not a woman’s lot to suffer, even if we’ve been raised that way.It is not OK to miss a part of your life because of pain and excessive bleeding.It is not OK to be bed-ridden for two-to-three days a month.It is not OK to pain during sex.It is not OK to have major bloating or nausea."(Address, 2011 Endometriosis Foundation of America Blossom Ball)”

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18. “I write for those women who do not speak, for those who do not have a voice because they were so terrified, because we are taught to respect fear more than ourselves. We've been taught that silence would save us, but it won't.”

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19. “A woman brings so much more to the world than birth, for she can birth discovery, intelligence, invention, art, just as well as any man.”

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Source : Small Town Demons

20. “Unfortunately, power is something that women abjure once they perceive the great difference between the lives possible to men and to women...”

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Source : Writing a Woman's Life

21. “Life is not a competition between men and woman. It is a collaboration.”

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22. “Using one’s beauty was the only way a smart girl could get by, at least that’s how it was back then, though even for a smart girl there were really only three professions. You could be a nurse or a teacher or a wife.”

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Source : Small Town Demons

23. “The emergency of women is the emergency of the world.”

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Author : Sina Queyras
Source : MxT

24. “Feminism has fought no wars. It has killed no opponents. It has set up no concentration camps, starved no enemies, practiced no cruelties. Its battles have been for education, for the vote, for better working conditions, for safety in the streets, for child care, for social welfare, for rape crisis centres, women's refuges, reforms in the law. If someone says, 'Oh, I'm not a feminist', I ask, 'Why? What's your problem?”

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Author : Dale Spender
Source : Man Made Language

25. “When men imagine a female uprising, they imagine a world in which women rule men as men have ruled women.”

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Author : Sally Kempton
Source : Meditation for the Love of It: Enjoying Your Own Deepest Experience

26. “Dancing falls into the same category as poetry for a woman – it equals dreaming, which may inspire thoughts about such banned topics as love and desire.”

Tags : Afghanistan Banned Dancing Desire Feminism Love Patriarchy Poetry Women Women S Rights
Source : The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan

27. “She was a spiky teenager rebelling against the soul-suck mirror reflected back at her in her mother’s blank stare, her question mark of a spine. Determined to beat the odds, she completed high school with distinction. But there was a caveat. Beydan was allowed to roam and educate herself – up to a point. On her eighteenth birthday her Father sat her down and held out his Rolexed wrist. Studded with crystals and flecks of diamond, the watch dazzled in the light. All Beydan could hear, however, was tick-tock-tick-tick-tick-tick - time to neatly fold all her hard work, to parcel up her progress, send it to the attic in her subconscious and let dust gather on her dreams. There was a lump in her throat and a stopwatch in her womb.”

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Author : Diriye Osman

28. “The victim is always morally superior to the master; that is the victim's ambivalent triumph. That is why there have been so few notoriously wicked women in comparison to the number of notoriously wicked men; our victim status ensures that we rarely have the opportunity.”

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Author : Angela Carter

29. “So now you are a woman. Do you have the least idea of what that means?It means that I am now fit to be wedded and bedded (...) and to bear children for the king.”

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Source : A Clash of Kings

30. “This is when the pill became widely known as The Pill, perhaps the only product in American history so powerful that it needed no name. Women went to their doctors and said they wanted it. They wanted The Pill. Some of them might still have been uncomfortable talking about birth control. Others might have been unsure of its brand name. But The Pill was The Pill because it was the only one that mattered, the one everyone was talking about, the one they needed.”

Tags : Feminism Pill Science Women S Rights
Author : Jonathan Eig
Source : The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution

31. “He has usurped the prerogative of Jehovah himself, claiming it as his right to assign for her a sphere of action, when that belongs to her conscience and to her God. He has endeavored in every way that he could to destroy her confidence in her own powers, to lessen her self-respect, and to make her willing to lead a dependent and abject life.”

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Source : Declaration of Sentiments

32. “When female stories are muted, we are teaching our kids that their dignity is second class and the historical accounts of their lives [are] less relevant. This lowered value carries over when women face sexual objectification and systemic brutalization from inside and outside the community.”

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Author : Aurin Squire

33. “With the way a lot of men function, I'd say "single" womyn are a threat to society. In fact, I'd go as single womyn are a threat to the system. As a womyn, if you aren't spending all your time looking for what you were socialized to, you're doing something productive. I'd say that scares a hell of a lot of people.”

Tags : Anarchism Empowerment Equality Feminism Freedom Independence Liberation Women Women S Rights Women S Strength

34. “When my brother,…, was a young boy learning the Chinese classics, I was in the habit of listening with him and I became unusually proficient at understanding those passages that he found too difficult to grasp and memorize. Father a most learned man, was always regretting the fact: ’Just my luck!’ he would say. ’What a pity she was not born a man!’ But then I gradually realized that people were saying ’It’s bad enough when a man flaunts his Chinese learning; she will come to no good,’ and since I have avoided writing the simplest character.”

Tags : Education Feminism Murasaki Murasaki Shikibu Women S History Women S Rights Women Writers

35. “Six men control almost all the media in the United States--book publishing, magazines, television, movie studios, newspapers, and radio. They are not friendly toward feminism, which has almost disappeared from the surface of our society. You will almost never see a feminist column on an op-ed page, a feminist article in a magazine, or newspaper, actual (not satirized) feminist ideas on television or in the movies. Only magazines & radio controlled by feminists--and these are few and not well-funded--offer information on the feminist perspective.This might be understandable if feminism were a wild-eyed manic philosophy. But it is a belief, a politics, based on one simple fact: women are human beings who matter as much as men. That is all that feminism claims. As human beings, women have the right to control their own bodies, to walk freely in the world, to train their minds and bodies, and to love and hate at will. Only those who wish to continue to coerce women into a servant/slave class for men cannot accept this principle.”

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Source : The Women's Room

36. “We teach our girls how not to get raped with a sense of doom, a sense that we are fighting a losing battle. When I was writing this novel, friend after friend came to me telling me of something that had happened to them. A hand up their skirt, a boy who wouldn’t take no for an answer, a night where they were too drunk to give consent but they think it was taken from them anyway. We shared these stories with one another and it was as if we were discussing some essential part of being a woman, like period cramps or contraceptives. Every woman or girl who told me these stories had one thing in common: shame. ‘I was drunk . . . I brought him back to my house . . . I fell asleep at that party . . . I froze and I didn’t tell him to stop . . .’ My fault. My fault. My fault. When I asked these women if they had reported what had happened to the police, only one out of twenty women said yes. The others looked at me and said, ‘No. How could I have proved it? Who would have believed me?’ And I didn’t have any answer for that.”

Tags : Feminism Rape Culture Women S Rights
Source : Asking For It

37. “Most women are all too familiar with men like Calvin Smith. Men whose sense of prerogative renders them deaf when women say, "No thanks," "Not interested," or even "Fuck off, creep.”

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Author : Jon Krakauer
Source : Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town

38. “The battles over women's bodies can be won only by a revolution of the mind”

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Author : Mona Eltahawy
Source : Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution

39. “For me, the times that I dressed provocatively had been empowering. It felt good. It's those times that I felt comfortable in my own skin. Like really, really comfortable. And let's face it, body self-esteem issues are a hurdle many women struggle to overcome.So when a person tears a woman down for how's she's dressed, they are tearing her down at a moment she feels at the top of her game. That's where the real shame is—not in how a woman is dressed, but in the desire to minimise her self-worth and empowerment. That's not kind, or well meaning. It's rude and cruel.”

Tags : Dress Code Feminism Gender Roles Patriarchy Self Esteem Self Worth Sexuality Society Women S Rights

40. “She was simply Asha, a woman on her own. Had the situation been otherwise, she might not have come to know her own brain.”

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Author : Katherine Boo

41. “Anyone could see that this woman is living a nightmare. Except that she goes through her daily life wide awake, knowing that she could make a mistake at any moment.”

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Author : Núria Añó

42. “Julia supposed that there was also a difference in perspective: 'The practical level was another level down [in 1960s social movements] and not so interesting. I don't know much about organizing, but I feel as though, if the reality of the situation doesn't change people's heads, then nothing's going to change their heads. Marches and those things are not the work of it. The work of it is whatever the work is.”

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Author : Laura Kaplan

43. “With heightened focus on the construction of woman as a "victim" of gender equality deserving reparations (whether through changes in discriminatory laws or affirmative action policies) the idea that owmen need to first confront their internalized sexism as part of becoming feminist lost currency. Females of all ages acted as though concern for or rage at male domination or gneder equality was all that was needed to make one a "feminist." Without confronting internalized sexism women who picked up the feminist banner often betrayed the cause in their interactions with other women.”

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Author : bell hooks

44. “They were from different generations, culture, nations. But even these things did not divide them so much as their separate conceptions of what it meant to be a woman.”

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45. “I believe beauty is action. If my action can bring smiles in the innocent faces of people then my act is beautiful.”

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Author : Runa Maharjan

46. “If you can't tell from my rap lyrics already, yes I am a feminist. And when I'm saying "hoe" or "bitch" I am actually referring to men. ...That sounded bad, in someway. But at the end of the day, I'm sick of rappers using "bitches" and "hoes" as terms towards women. Feminists are NOT a hate group. Feminists are not all female. Nor has it got an anti-male agenda. It's about equality! I've had a weird, special bond with women since I was a kid. And it's just a shame really that I'm gay.”

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47. “I believe unconditionally in the right of people with uteruses to decide what grows inside of their body and feeds on their blood and endangers their life and reroutes their future. There are no "good" abortions and "bad" abortions, there are only pregnant people who want them and pregnant people who don't, pregnant people who have access and support and pregnant people who face institutional roadblocks and lies.”

Tags : Abortion Feminism Women S Rights
Author : Lindy West

48. “When people ask me why I still have hope and energy after all these years, I always say: Because I travel.”

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Source : My Life on the Road

49. “Legs was always proud even before FOXFIRE, that’s the primary fact about Legs Sadovsky: pride.”

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Source : Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang

50. “... because the Legs wasn't fearful of heights or swimming in rough water or Death itself she wasn't afraid to risk making a fool of herself. Maybe you think that's something of no consequence but it isn't - for making a fool of yourself, offering yourself to others to laugh at, to jeer, that takes guts.”

Tags : Contemporary Feminism Feminist Women Women S Rights
Source : Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang

51. “At first, feminists were assumed to be only discontented suburban housewives; then a small bunch of women's "libbers", bra burners, and radicals; then women on welfare; then briefcase carrying imitations of male executives; then unfulfilled women who forgot to have children; then women voters...that really could decide elections. That last was too dangerous, so suddenly we were told we were in a "postfeminist" age...”

Tags : Feminism Gender Women Women S Rights
Source : My Life on the Road

52. “As the prevailing voices in the public spotlight are predominantly men, stepping into the spotlight with the truth of who you are as a woman is political change.”

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Author : Tabby Biddle
Source : Find Your Voice: A Woman's Call to Action

53. “My father did not have to trade dying alone for the joys of the road. My mother did not have to give up a journey of her own to have a home. Neither do I. Neither do you.”

Tags : Adventure Feminism Inspirational Learning Women S Rights
Source : My Life on the Road

54. “Jo, vi vil gaa. Vi vil gaa alligevel. Vi maa gaa. De Kvinder, som altid sidder i sine Kareter, keder sig tildøde. De Tider er forbi, da Kvinden var for Manden kun en Luksusgjenstand, halvt et kostbart Legetøi, halvt en Gudinde, der skulde tilbedes. De har selv stødt os ned paa Handlingens Skueplads, hvor vi maa arbeide, erhverve, stride og tumle os, med ett Ord: vi maa gaa.”

Tags : Feminism Women S Rights

55. “They do not fear the men beneath the tree;They pace in sleek chivalric certainty.”

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Author : Adrienne Rich

56. “...when 'empowering women' becomes 'overpowering women' not only is it the polar opposite of feminism; it is the opposite of ‘right.’ Empowering women begins by respecting their individual choices.”

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Author : Sharon Nir

57. “Also the fact that he's a guy. A girl screws around like Lotto and she's like diseased. Untouchable. But a guy can stick it to a million places and everyone just thinks he's doing what boys do.”

Tags : Feminism Gender Roles Women Women S Rights
Author : Lauren Groff
Source : Fates and Furies

58. “a feminist is just someone who recognizes power structures that keep people from having the fullest life they can.”

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Author : Lauren Groff

59. “I find it strange that practicing law in a comfortable well-heated office is considered too demanding an occupation for women, yet laboring from dawn's first light in crowded, drafty, ill-lit sweatshops is not.”

Tags : Feminism Gender Equality Sexism Women Women S Rights
Source : Murder on Nob Hill

60. “Conservatives, who have presumed that the key to preventing AIDS is abstinence-only education, and liberals, who have focused on distribution of condoms, should both note that the intervention that has tested most cost-effective in Africa is neither... Secular bleeding hearts and religious bleeding hearts will have to forge a common cause.”

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61. “Women matter. Women are half of us. When you raise every woman to believe that we are insignificant, that we are broken, that we are sick, that the only cure is starvation and restraint and smallness; when you pit women against one another, keep us shackled by shame and hunger, obsessing over our flaws rather than our power and potential; when you leverage all of that to sap our money and our time – that moves the rudder of the world. It steers humanity toward conservatism and walls and the narrow interests of men, and it keeps us adrift in waters where women’s safety and humanity are secondary to men’s pleasure and convenience.”

Tags : Feminism Women Women S Rights
Author : Lindy West

62. “Unfortunately, what anti-human trafficking NGOs [non-governmental organizations] really do is instead quite damaging: they normalize existent labor opportunities for women, no matter how low the pay, dangerous the conditions, or abusive an environment they foster. And they shame women who reject such jobs.”

Tags : Feminism Globalization Human Trafficking Ngos Women S Rights
Source : Threadbare: Clothes, Sex, and Trafficking

63. “I had no money to start,For Jack decreed in his pride:The Caveman's wife didn't work - It was his job to provide.A brief reminder right here:Let men believe they are shrewd,But even women of oldEmbroidered mittens for food.”

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Source : Sewing Figs

64. “I once asked her if she was happy. “That depends on what I am able to get done today,” she said, laughing. She told me that the completion of her daily tasks was the only thing she felt she had control over. They were a form of meditation, of salve. Kept busy, she had no time to ruminate and no time for opinions, certainly not feminist ones. I pressed her: “I mean, are you happy with your life, Rajima?” “I don’t know,” she said uncomfortably, as if she’d never really considered such a question. “When there is little you can do, you do what you can.” Happiness for my grandmother seemed to be a verb rather than a noun. She had so little control over her own life. Yet she took control, out of thin air for herself, when she could.”

Tags : Arranged Marriage Feminism Traditional Female Roles Women S Rights
Author : Padma Lakshmi
Source : Love, Loss, and What We Ate: A Memoir

65. “The thing they wanted they called the Vote, but that demand so hollow, so eyeless, had all the terrifying effect of a mask. Behind that mask was a formless invincible discontent with the lot of womanhood. It wanted, — it was not clear what it wanted, but whatever it wanted, all the domestic instincts of mankind were against admitting there was anything it could want.”

Tags : Democracy Equality Feminism Suffrage Vote Women S Rights
Author : H.G. Wells
Source : The Wife of Sir Isaac Harman

66. “She had learnt many things since the days of her first rebellion, and she knew now that this matter of the man friend and nothing else in the world is the central issue in the emancipation of women. The difficulty of him is latent in every other restriction of which women complain. The complete emancipation of women will come with complete emancipation of humanity from jealousy — and no sooner. All other emancipations are shams until a woman may go about as freely with this man as with that, and nothing remains for emancipation when she can.”

Tags : Emancipation Feminism Freedom Jealousy Relationships Women S Rights
Author : H.G. Wells
Source : The Wife of Sir Isaac Harman

67. “And she wanted to be free. It wasn't Mr. Brumley she wanted; he was but a means — if indeed he was a means — to an end. The person she wanted, the person she had always wanted — was herself. Could Mr. Brumley give her that? Would Mr. Brumley give her that? Was it conceivable he would carry sacrifice to such a pitch as that?...”

Tags : Feminism Freedom Relationships Women S Rights
Author : H.G. Wells
Source : The Wife of Sir Isaac Harman

68. “Maybe men who still have the cave-man expectations of women should be sent back into caves. A lot of women will readily volunteer to build such caves free of charge.”

Tags : Feminism Gender Gender Stereotypes Sexism Women Women S Rights
Author : Mawuena Addo
Source : Roses in the Rainbow

69. “[T]he dozen or so items I wished to return to XXI Forever could only be traded in, and the store had a strict BOGO policy: Buy One, Get One (Free). This means that the 12 items I had but did not need could only be returned by trading them in for 24 different, new items; I tried, of course, to eschew that "one free" I didn't need. Not allowed. (Everyone I knew got glittery spangles as holiday gifts that year.) The garment industry, it seems, is now inventing new ways to give this stuff away.”

Tags : Clothing Feminism Garment Industry Garments Shopping Women S Labor Women S Rights
Source : Threadbare: Clothes, Sex, and Trafficking

70. “she'd played mother and wives. Women in narratives were always defined by their relations.”

Tags : Feminism Feminist Gender Roles Women Women S Rights
Author : Lauren Groff
Source : Fates and Furies

71. “Humankind is made up of two sexes, women and men. Is it possible for humankind to grow by the improvement of only one part while the other part is ignored? Is it possible that if half of a mass is tied to earth with chains that the other half can soar into skies?”

Tags : Feminism Women S Rights

72. “The word feminism has become synonymous with man-hating when in fact it has more to do with women than men.”

Tags : Feminism Gender Equality Women S Rights
Author : Aysha Taryam
Source : The Opposite of Indifference: A Collection of Commentaries

73. “It's not being a woman I mind so much," she said slowly. "'Tis the way men seem to always order my life." She leaned earnestly toward him. "Your hand, Papa, has wielded a sword and cradled a child and held power over hundreds of men." She held up her own hand. "This one has far fewer adventures before it.”

Tags : Feminism Hands Women Women S Rights Women S Strength
Source : A Bed of Spices

74. “Like other women who sought equality, the amount of trouble I cause is inversely proportional to my physical size.”

Tags : Feminism Women S Rights Women S Strength

75. “It was a fact generally acknowledged by all but the most contumacious spirits at the beginning of the seventeenth century that woman was the weaker vessel; weaker than man, that is. ... That was the way God had arranged Creation, sanctified in the words of the Apostle. ... Under the common law of England at the accession of King James I, no female had any rights at all (if some were allowed by custom). As an unmarried woman her rights were swallowed up in her father's, and she was his to dispose of in marriage at will. Once she was married her property became absolutely that of her husband. What of those who did not marry? Common law met that problem blandly by not recognizing it. In the words of The Lawes Resolutions [the leading 17th century compendium on women's legal status]: 'All of them are understood either married or to be married.' In 1603 England, in short, still lived in a world governed by feudal law, where a wife passed from the guardianship of her father to her husband; her husband also stood in relation to her as a feudal lord.”

Tags : Bonds Common Law Empowerment Fathers Feminism Feudalism Gender Guardianship History Husbands Independence Inequality Marriage Married Life Matrimony Men Misogyny Property Self Determination Social Norms Subjugation Wedlock Women Women S Rights
Source : The Weaker Vessel

76. “The feminist story, she reminded me, is a counternarrative, a narrative of disobedience, a chronicle of battle, nto of surrender. Women who do not fit the mold are too often maneuvered, manipulated, and mangled into some culturally safe archetype. The makers of history transformed perpetua intoa cold, unfeeling mother - a villan of sorts. But who is to say that becoming a mother didn't also push Perpetua to become a martyr, didn't cause her to passionatley uphold her religious ideals because she wanted to offer her son the greatest gift she could - an ideal? Maybe, in the end, Perpetua's maternal instincts were precisely what gave her the strength to confront the burliest Roman gladiator and the to lie down with dignity?”

Tags : Feminism Women Women S Rights

77. “I realize that violence is not more prevalent today than in previous periods of human history, but there is a difference. We have seen visionary standards adopted by the global community that espouse peace and human rights, and the globalization of information ensures that the violation of these principles of nonviolence by a powerful and admired democracy tends to resonate throughout the world community. We should have advanced much further in the realization of women's rights, given these international commitments to peace and the rule of law.”

Tags : Feminism Women S Rights
Author : Jimmy Carter
Source : A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power

78. “There is no female mind. The brain is not an organ of sex. As well speak of a female liver.”

Tags : Equality Feminism Women
Source : Women and Economics

79. “You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.”

Tags : Education Feminism Men Women
Author : Brigham Young

80. “I know enough to know that no woman should ever marry a man who hated his mother.”

Tags : Ernest Hemingway Feminism Hate Love Marriage Married Life Matrimony Men Mothers Psychology Relationships Sons Women
Source : Selected Letters

81. “A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men.”

Tags : Equality Feminism Humanity Men Women

82. “I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.”

Tags : Equal Rights Equality Feminism Freedom Liberty Women
Author : Audre Lorde

83. “Hell, I'll be safest pretending I'm a boy the rest of my life. The frontier ain't for the faint of heart, and it certainly ain't kind to women. Sometimes I think the whole world's 'gainst us.”

Tags : Crossdressing Equal Rights Erin Bowman Feminism Frontier Life Gender Gender Presentation Kate Old West Sex Vengeance Road
Author : Erin Bowman
Source : Vengeance Road

84. “Well, speaking as a feminist, I'm glad that women can lead--uh, groups of unspeakable magical evil.""Yes," Alan said gravely. "It'd be shoking if the evil magicians were sexist. For one thing, that would mean they were stupid, and having stupid enemies would be a terrible blow to my manly pride.”

Tags : Feminism Humor Stupidity
Source : The Demon's Covenant

85. “If you go door to door in our nation and talk to citizens about domestic violence, almost everyone will insist that they do not support male violence against women, that they believe it to be morally and ethically wrong. However, if you then explain that we cannot end male violence against women by challenging patriarchy, and that means no longer accepting the notion that men should have more rights and privileges than women because of biological difference or that men should have the power to rule over women, that is when the agreement stops. There is a gap between the values they claim to hold and their willingness to do the work of connecting thought and action, theory and practice to realize these values and thus create a more just society.”

Tags : Bell Hooks Feminism Feminist Morality Without Religion Morals Patriarchy Practice Society Theory And Practice Values
Author : bell hooks
Source : All About Love: New Visions

86. “To terrify children with the image of hell, to consider women an inferior creation—is that good for the world?”

Tags : Atheism Child Abuse Children Feminism Hell Religion Religion And Children Rhetorical Questions Sexism Women Women And Religion

87. “When a man gives his opinion, he's a man. When a woman gives her opinion, she's a bitch.”

Tags : Clichés Double Standards Empowerment Feminism Gender Hypocrisy Misogyny Opinions Speaking Out Stereotypes Women
Author : Bette Davis

88. “I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat, or a prostitute.”

Tags : Clichés Empowerment Feminism Opinions Women Womens Liberation
Author : Rebecca West
Source : Young Rebecca: Writings, 1911-1917

89. “As long as she thinks of a man, nobody objects to a woman thinking.”

Tags : Clichés Dignity Double Standards Empowerment Feminism Gender Hypocrisy Intelligence Men Misogyny Self Determination Social Norms Stereotypes Thought Women
Source : Orlando

90. “Wherever you find a great man, you will find a great mother or a great wife standing behind him -- or so they used to say. It would be interesting to know how many great women have had great fathers and husbands behind them.”

Tags : Abilities Clichés Double Standards Empowerment Equality Feminism Feminist Gender Greatness Human Nature Husbands Hypocrisy Integrity Men Men And Women Misogyny Penina Mezei Skills Stereotypes Strong Wives Women
Source : Gaudy Night

91. “I don't need a man to be happy.”

Tags : Charming Incantations Sanguine Fantasy Feminism Goblins Vampires Werewolves
Source : Charming Incantations: Sanguine

92. “She was heartily ashamed of her ignorance - a misplaced shame. Where people wish to attach, they should always be ignorant. To come with a well−informed mind is to come with an inability of administering to the vanity of others, which a sensible person would always wish to avoid. A woman especially, if she have the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can.”

Tags : Attachment Clichés Concealment Empowerment Feminism Ignorance Intelligence Irony Knowledge Preconceptions Prejudice Sarcasm Stereotypes Vanity Women
Author : Jane Austen
Source : Northanger Abbey

93. “When, however, one reads of a witch being ducked, of a woman possessed by devils, of a wise woman selling herbs, or even of a very remarkable man who had a mother, then I think we are on the track of a lost novelist, a suppressed poet, of some mute and inglorious Jane Austen, some Emily Bronte who dashed her brains out on the moor or mopped and mowed about the highways crazed with the torture that her gift had put her to. Indeed, I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.”

Tags : Anonymous Authorship Dignity Empowerment Feminism Gender History Misogyny Persecution Social Norms Suppression Witches Women Women Writers Writing
Source : A Room of One's Own

94. “Emotional neglect lays the groundwork for the emotional numbing that helps boys feel better about being cut off. Eruptions of rage in boys are most often deemed normal, explained by the age-old justification for adolescent patriarchal misbehavior, "Boys will be boys." Patriarchy both creates the rage in boys and then contains it for later use, making it a resource to exploit later on as boys become men. As a national product, this rage can be garnered to further imperialism, hatred and oppression of women and men globally. This rage is needed if boys are to become men willing to travel around the world to fight wars without ever demanding that other ways of solving conflict can be found.”

Tags : Feminism Imperialism Men Patriarchy
Author : bell hooks

95. “Feminism is the struggle to end sexist oppression. Therefore, it is necessarily a struggle to eradicate the ideology of domination that permeates Western culture on various levels, as well as a commitment to reorganizing society so that the self-development of people can take precedence over imperialism, economic expansion, and material desires.”

Tags : Capitalism Domination Feminism Ideology Imperialism Oppression Politics Radical Feminism Society
Author : bell hooks
Source : Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center

96. “Women who love themselves are threatening; but men who love real women, more so.”

Tags : Advertising Aging Beauty Body Image Cosmetic Surgery Cosmetics Culture Diet Industry Double Standards Eating Disorders Equality Fashion Industry Feminism Images Magazines Marketing Mass Culture Objectification Plastic Surgery Pornography Self Esteem Sexual Violence Sexuality Society
Author : Naomi Wolf
Source : The Beauty Myth

97. “Sadly, the signals that allow men and women to find the partners who most please them are scrambled by the sexual insecurity initiated by beauty thinking. A woman who is self-conscious can't relax to let her sensuality come into play. If she is hungry she will be tense. If she is "done up" she will be on the alert for her reflection in his eyes. If she is ashamed of her body, its movement will be stilled. If she does not feel entitled to claim attention, she will not demand that airspace to shine in. If his field of vision has been boxed in by "beauty"--a box continually shrinking--he simply will not see her, his real love, standing right before him.”

Tags : Advertising Beauty Body Image Cosmetic Surgery Cosmetics Culture Diet Industry Double Standards Equality Feminism Images Magazines Marketing Mass Culture Objectification Plastic Surgery Self Esteem Sexuality Society
Author : Naomi Wolf
Source : The Beauty Myth

98. “Men are visually aroused by women's bodies and less sensitive to their arousal by women's personalities because they are trained early into that response, while women are less visually aroused and more emotionally aroused because that is their training. This asymmetry in sexual education maintains men's power in the myth: They look at women's bodies, evaluate, move on; their own bodies are not looked at, evaluated, and taken or passed over. But there is no "rock called gender" responsible for that; it can change so that real mutuality--an equal gaze, equal vulnerability, equal desire--brings heterosexual men and women together.”

Tags : Advertising Aging Beauty Body Image Cosmetic Surgery Cosmetics Culture Diet Industry Double Standards Eating Disorders Equality Fashion Industry Feminism Images Magazines Marketing Mass Culture Objectification Plastic Surgery Pornography Self Esteem Sexuality Society
Author : Naomi Wolf
Source : The Beauty Myth

99. “What becomes of a man who acquires a beautiful woman, with her "beauty" his sole target? He sabotages himself. He has gained no friend, no ally, no mutual trust: She knows quite well why she has been chosen. He has succeeded in buying something: the esteem of other men who find such an acquisition impressive.”

Tags : Advertising Beauty Body Image Cosmetic Surgery Cosmetics Culture Diet Industry Double Standards Equality Feminism Images Magazines Marketing Mass Culture Objectification Plastic Surgery Self Esteem Sexuality Society
Author : Naomi Wolf
Source : The Beauty Myth

100. “A consequence of female self-love is that the woman grows convinced of social worth. Her love for her body will be unqualified, which is the basis of female identification. If a woman loves her own body, she doesn't grudge what other women do with theirs; if she loves femaleness, she champions its rights. It's true what they say about women: Women are insatiable. We are greedy. Our appetites do need to be controlled if things are to stay in place. If the world were ours too, if we believed we could get away with it, we would ask for more love, more sex, more money, more commitment to children, more food, more care. These sexual, emotional, and physical demands would begin to extend to social demands: payment for care of the elderly, parental leave, childcare, etc. The force of female desire would be so great that society would truly have to reckon with what women want, in bed and in the world.”

Tags : Advertising Aging Beauty Cosmetic Surgery Cosmetics Culture Diet Industry Double Standards Eating Disorders Equality Fashion Industry Feminism Images Magazines Marketing Mass Culture Objectification Plastic Surgery Pornography Self Esteem Self Love Sexual Violence Sexuality Society
Author : Naomi Wolf
Source : The Beauty Myth

101. “The beauty myth is always actually prescribing behaviour and not appearance.”

Tags : Advertising Aging Beauty Body Image Cosmetic Surgery Cosmetics Culture Diet Industry Double Standards Eating Disorders Equality Fashion Industry Feminism Images Magazines Marketing Mass Culture Objectification Plastic Surgery Pornography Self Esteem Sexual Violence Sexuality Society
Author : Naomi Wolf
Source : The Beauty Myth

102. “Whatever is deeply, essentially female--the life in a woman's expression, the feel of her flesh, the shape of her breasts, the transformations after childbirth of her skin--is being reclassified as ugly, and ugliness as disease. These qualities are about an intensification of female power, which explains why they are being recast as a diminution of power. At least a third of a woman's life is marked with aging; about a third of her body is made of fat. Both symbols are being transformed into operable condition--so that women will only feel healthy if we are two thirds of the women we could be. How can an "ideal" be about women if it is defined as how much of a female sexual characteristic does not exist on the woman's body, and how much of a female life does not show on her face?”

Tags : Advertising Aging Beauty Body Image Cosmetic Surgery Cosmetics Culture Diet Industry Double Standards Equality Fashion Industry Feminism Images Magazines Marketing Mass Culture Objectification Plastic Surgery Self Esteem Sexuality Society
Author : Naomi Wolf
Source : The Beauty Myth

103. “A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.”

Tags : Feminism Humour Misattributed Gloria Steinem
Author : Irina Dunn

104. “No woman gets an orgasm from shining the kitchen floor. ”

Tags : Feminism Housekeeping Orgasm Sex Sexuality Women
Author : Betty Friedan

105. “Usually when you see females in movies, they feel like they have these metallic structures around them, they are caged by male energy.”

Tags : Cinema Females Feminism Film Gender Men Movies Sexuality Women
Author : Björk

106. “The woman who refuses to see her sexual organs as mere wood chips, designed to make the man's life more comfortable, is in danger of becoming a lesbian--an active, phallic woman, an intellectual virago with a fire of her own .... The lesbian body is a particularly pernicious and depraved version of the female body in general; it is susceptible to auto-eroticism, clitoral pleasure and self-actualization.”

Tags : Feminism Lesbianism Lesbians Orientation Psychoanalysis Psychology Sexuality
Author : Sigmund Freud

107. “It's hard not to be a fighter when you're constantly under siege.”

Tags : Feminism Inspirational Lesbian Lgbt Rights

108. “It is easier to live through someone else than to complete yourself. The freedom to lead and plan your own life is frightening if you have never faced it before. It is frightening when a woman finally realizes that there is no answer to the question 'who am I' except the voice inside herself.”

Tags : Completion Feminism Identity Independence Living Vicariously Self Discovery Strength
Author : Betty Friedan

109. “I do not think I ever opened a book in my life which had not something to say upon woman's inconstancy. Songs and proverbs, all talk of woman's fickleness. But perhaps you will say, these were all written by men.""Perhaps I shall. Yes, yes, if you please, no reference to examples in books. Men have had every advantage of us in telling their own story. Education has been theirs in so much higher a degree; the pen has been in their hands. I will not allow books to prove anything.”

Tags : Books Clichés Constancy Double Standards Education Feminism Gender Inequality Love Men Misogyny Opportunities Social Norms Stereotypes Women
Author : Jane Austen
Source : Persuasion

110. “Do you really believe ... that everything historians tell us about men – or about women – is actually true? You ought to consider the fact that these histories have been written by men, who never tell the truth except by accident.”

Tags : Clichés Double Standards Feminism Gender History Hypocrisy Men Misogyny Prejudice Slander Social Norms Stereotypes Truth Women
Source : The Worth of Women: Wherein Is Clearly Revealed Their Nobility and Their Superiority to Men

111. “If men could see us as we really are, they would be a little amazed; but the cleverest, the acutest men are often under an illusion about women: they do not read them in a true light: they misapprehend them, both for good and evil: their good woman is a queer thing, half doll, half angel; their bad woman almost always a fiend.”

Tags : Clichés Double Standards Empowerment Expectations False Belief Feminism Gender Hypocrisy Illusions Misconceptions Misogyny Stereotypes Women
Source : Shirley

112. “A man once asked me ... how I managed in my books to write such natural conversation between men when they were by themselves. Was I, by any chance, a member of a large, mixed family with a lot of male friends? I replied that, on the contrary, I was an only child and had practically never seen or spoken to any men of my own age till I was about twenty-five. "Well," said the man, "I shouldn't have expected a woman (meaning me) to have been able to make it so convincing." I replied that I had coped with this difficult problem by making my men talk, as far as possible, like ordinary human beings. This aspect of the matter seemed to surprise the other speaker; he said no more, but took it away to chew it over. One of these days it may quite likely occur to him that women, as well as men, when left to themselves, talk very much like human beings also.”

Tags : Clichés Conversation Double Standards Feminism Fiction Gender Men Misogyny Natural Prejudice Stereotypes Women Women Writers Writing
Source : Are Women Human? Astute and Witty Essays on the Role of Women in Society

113. “Taught from their infancy that beauty is woman's sceptre, the mind shapes itself to the body, and roaming round its gilt cage, only seeks to adorn its prison.”

Tags : Beauty Conditioning Feminism Inequality Misogyny Stereotypes Women
Source : A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

114. “Anything may happen when womanhood has ceased to be a protected occupation.”

Tags : Clichés Dignity Double Standards Empowerment Feminism Gender Hypocrisy Inequality Misogyny Morality Protectiveness Social Norms Stereotypes Womanhood Women
Source : A Room of One's Own

115. “In reaction against the age-old slogan, "woman is the weaker vessel," or the still more offensive, "woman is a divine creature," we have, I think, allowed ourselves to drift into asserting that "a woman is as good as a man," without always pausing to think what exactly we mean by that. What, I feel, we ought to mean is something so obvious that it is apt to escape attention altogether, viz: (...) that a woman is just as much an ordinary human being as a man, with the same individual preferences, and with just as much right to the tastes and preferences of an individual. What is repugnant to every human being is to be reckoned always as a member of a class and not as an individual person.”

Tags : Classification Clichés Dignity Discrimination Double Standards Empowerment Feminism Gender Individuality Misogyny Self Determination Social Norms Stereotypes Women
Source : Are Women Human? Astute and Witty Essays on the Role of Women in Society

116. “It is extraordinarily entertaining to watch the historians of the past ... entangling themselves in what they were pleased to call the "problem" of Queen Elizabeth. They invented the most complicated and astonishing reasons both for her success as a sovereign and for her tortuous matrimonial policy. She was the tool of Burleigh, she was the tool of Leicester, she was the fool of Essex; she was diseased, she was deformed, she was a man in disguise. She was a mystery, and must have some extraordinary solution. Only recently has it occrurred to a few enlightened people that the solution might be quite simple after all. She might be one of the rare people were born into the right job and put that job first.”

Tags : Abilities Achievements Career Clichés Double Standards Feminism Gender Good Governance Government History Hypocrisy Misogyny Queen Elizabeth I Reign Skills Stereotypes Success Women
Source : Are Women Human? Astute and Witty Essays on the Role of Women in Society

117. “The rule seemed to be that a great woman must either die unwed ... or find a still greater man to marry her. ... The great man, on the other hand, could marry where he liked, not being restricted to great women; indeed, it was often found sweet and commendable in him to choose a woman of no sort of greatness at all.”

Tags : Abilities Choice Clichés Double Standards Empowerment Feminism Gender Greatness Hypocrisy Inequality Marriage Matrimony Men Misogyny Skills Social Norms Stereotypes Women
Source : Gaudy Night

118. “It is time to effect a revolution in female manners - time to restore to them their lost dignity - and make them, as a part of the human species, labour by reforming themselves to reform the world. It is time to separate unchangeable morals from local manners.”

Tags : Clichés Dignity Double Standards Empowerment Feminism Gender Hypocrisy Manners Misogyny Morality Reform Social Norms Stereotypes Women
Source : A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

119. “What’s the worst possible thing you can call a woman? Don’t hold back, now.You’re probably thinking of words like slut, whore, bitch, cunt (I told you not to hold back!), skank.Okay, now, what are the worst things you can call a guy? Fag, girl, bitch, pussy. I’ve even heard the term “mangina.”Notice anything? The worst thing you can call a girl is a girl. The worst thing you can call a guy is a girl. Being a woman is the ultimate insult. Now tell me that’s not royally fucked up.”

Tags : Double Standards Eye Opening Feminism Gender Inequality Insults Men Names Sexism Woman Womanhood Women
Source : Full Frontal Feminism

120. “Ideally, what should be said to every child, repeatedly, throughout his or her school life is something like this: 'You are in the process of being indoctrinated. We have not yet evolved a system of education that is not a system of indoctrination. We are sorry, but it is the best we can do. What you are being taught here is an amalgam of current prejudice and the choices of this particular culture. The slightest look at history will show how impermanent these must be. You are being taught by people who have been able to accommodate themselves to a regime of thought laid down by their predecessors. It is a self-perpetuating system. Those of you who are more robust and individual than others will be encouraged to leave and find ways of educating yourself — educating your own judgements. Those that stay must remember, always, and all the time, that they are being moulded and patterned to fit into the narrow and particular needs of this particular society.”

Tags : Conformity Education Feminism Knowledge Power Quip School
Author : Doris Lessing
Source : The Golden Notebook

121. “...[G]reat progress was evident in the last Congress of the American 'Labour Union' in that among other things, it treated working women with complete equality. While in this respect the English, and still more the gallant French, are burdened with a spirit of narrow-mindedness. Anybody who knows anything of history knows that great social changes are impossible without the feminine ferment. Social progress can be measured exactly by the social position of the fair sex (the ugly ones included).”

Tags : American English Equality Feminism French History Humor Labor Union Progress Social Change
Author : Karl Marx
Source : Selected Letters: The Personal Correspondence 1844-1877

122. “I can’t remember the moment I was labeled bitch for the first time, but it sure wasn’t in the blogosphere of 2008. It was well before the blogosphere, let alone the World Wide Web, existed. The first time I was called a bitch, the home computer of choice was a Vic 20, capable of playing Pong and calculating to eight decimal points but not much else.”

Tags : Bitches Feminism
Author : Shannon Drury
Source : The Radical Housewife: Redefining Family Values for the 21st Century

123. “They'll say you are bador perhaps you are mador at least you should stay undercover.Your mind must be bareif you would dareto think you can love more than one lover.”

Tags : Believe Depressed Ended Eros Fear Feelings Feminism Friends Gone Happiness Heartbreak Hurt Infidelity Keep Live Pain Polygamy Relationship Sad Sharing Sorrow Stay Swinging Team Triad Trouble Unicorn Yolo
Author : David Rovics

124. “No woman can call herself free who does not own and control her body. No woman can call herself free until she can choose consciously whether she will or will not be a mother.”

Tags : Feminism Human Rights Motherhood

125. “I once had a lovewho folded secrets between her thighs like napkins and concealed memories in the valley of her breasts.There was no match for the freckles on her chest, and no one could mistake them for a field of honeysuckles.Upon her lips, a thousand lies were spread in sweet gloss.Her kiss was like a storybook from ancient history.She was at home with the body of a man inside her, beside her.At night, when she lay in bed crying,no one could mistake the tears she wept for a summer showerShe is gone, my love. She was a wanderess, a wildflower.”

Tags : Adventuress Breasts Female Liberation Femininity Filles Freckles Girl Power Happiness Imagination Inspirational Quotes Inspire Jeune Fille Roman Romantic Secretive Seductive Sensual Storybook Summer Showers Thighs Wayfaring Wet Hair Women S Strength
Author : Roman Payne

126. “It's not my responsibility to be beautiful. I'm not alive for that purpose. My existence is not about how desirable you find me.”

Tags : Beautiful Existence Feminism Self Esteem
Author : Warsan Shire

127. “Making God a man is the consolation prize that our forefathers gave themselves for not being the ones who were each blessed with a vagina.”

Tags : Affirmative Action Ancestor Ancestors Bless Blessed Consolation Consolation Prize Console Curse Equality Feminism Feminist Feminists Forefather Forefathers Gender Gender Equality Gender Gap Girls Glass Ceiling Humor Humour International Women S Day Matriarchy Satire Vagina Vaginas

128. “We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls, you can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful. Otherwise, you would threaten the man. Because I am female, I am expected to aspire to marriage. I am expected to make my life choices always keeping in mind that marriage is the most important. Now marriage can be a source of joy and love and mutual support but why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage and we don’t teach boys the same? We raise girls to see each other as competitors not for jobs or accomplishments, which I think can be a good thing, but for the attention of men. We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings in the way that boys are.”

Tags : Ambition Feminism
Source : We Should All Be Feminists

129. “We must stand together and resist all such incursion! We must come together in brotherhood and toss out those like you—women who take a man’s job, who rob a man of the ability to feed his family."“Who is ‘we’?” Jessica peered at the empty green hedge behind him. “You appear to be alone.”“I speak for all working men!”

Tags : Feminism Machismo Macho Men
Author : Courtney Cole

130. “Women have served all these centuries as looking glasses possessing the magic and delicious power of reflecting the figure of man at twice its natural size.”

Tags : Arrogance Empowerment Feminism Gender Hypocrisy Inequality Men Self Importance Women
Source : A Room of One's Own

131. “Where once I prayed for forgiveness from a father God who held up huge palms and said “Thou shalt not,” now I find peace with a sister god who takes my open hands in hers and says, “You will.”

Tags : Christianity Commandments Feminine Feminism Forgiveness God Goddess Hands Paganism Parabola Peace Prayer Religion Spirituality Wicca Witchcraft

132. “It is difficult to process the sacred masculine when your closest example has been a man smacking you around, verbally degrading you, lording over you, or otherwise proving a poor demonstration of the use of strength.”

Tags : Feminism Men Strength Violence Wicca
Source : Pagan Standard Times: Essays on the Craft

133. “Having ascended to some spiritual strength by focusing on the power of the feminine, it is no doubt tempting to wield this strength against that which triggers memories of having once been weaker.”

Tags : Feminine Feminism Pagan Spiritual Strength Weakness Wicca
Source : Pagan Standard Times: Essays on the Craft

134. “Does rough weather choose men over women? Does the sun beat on men, leaving women nice and cool?' Nyawira asked rather sharply. 'Women bear the brunt of poverty. What choices does a woman have in life, especially in times of misery? She can marry or live with a man. She can bear children and bring them up, and be abused by her man. Have you read Buchi Emecheta of Nigeria, Joys of Motherhood? Tsitsi Dangarembga of Zimbabwe, say, Nervous Conditions? Miriama Ba of Senegal, So Long A Letter? Three women from different parts of Africa, giving words to similar thoughts about the condition of women in Africa.''I am not much of a reader of fiction,' Kamiti said. 'Especially novels by African women. In India such books are hard to find.''Surely even in India there are women writers? Indian women writers?' Nyawira pressed. 'Arundhati Roy, for instance, The God of Small Things? Meena Alexander, Fault Lines? Susie Tharu. Read Women Writing in India. Or her other book, We Were Making History, about women in the struggle!''I have sampled the epics of Indian literature,' Kamiti said, trying to redeem himself. 'Mahabharata, Ramayana, and mostly Bhagavad Gita. There are a few others, what they call Purana, Rig-Veda, Upanishads … Not that I read everything, but …''I am sure that those epics and Puranas, even the Gita, were all written by men,' Nyawira said. 'The same men who invented the caste system. When will you learn to listen to the voices of women?”

Tags : African Literature Arundhati Roy Buchi Emecheta Feminism Gender Equality Indian Literature Meena Alexander Miriama Ba Novels Poverty Suffering Susie Tharu Tsitsi Dangarembga Women Women S Fiction Women Writers
Source : Wizard of the Crow

135. “The invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq were both justified by an appeal to the emancipation of women, and the discourse of feminism was specifically invoked.”

Tags : Feminism Politics Politics Of The United States
Author : Nina Power
Source : One Dimensional Woman

136. “She was still not at ease with the idea that she was now important enough to have people as accessories. Nor was she comfortable with the idea of these people as gatekeepers with access to the details of their personal lives. Whenever she felt herself shrinking under the indifferent glare of the staff that surrounded her, as she did in this instance, she straightened her back and lifted her chin in the way that Chiedza, her trusted advisor-friend, had instructed her to do.”

Tags : Cheating Chiedza Economic Crisis Feminism Marriage Zimbabwe

137. “All women together ought to let flowers fall upon the tomb of Aphra Behn, for it was she who earned them the right to speak their minds.”

Tags : Feminism Literary
Source : A Room of One's Own

138. “Never did the world make a queen of a girl who hides in houses and dreams without traveling.”

Tags : Bravery Coming Of Age Dreams Exploring Feminine Feminine Beauty Feminine Principle Feminine Transitions Femininity Feminism Growing Up Inspirational Life Life Choices Novel Quotes Payne Queen Quotes From Novels Roman Payne Travel Traveling Alone Voyage Wanderess Womanhood
Author : Roman Payne
Source : The Wanderess

139. “It was hard to love a woman that always made you feel so wishful.”

Tags : African American Authors Feminism Literature
Source : Their Eyes Were Watching God

140. “[Ella Baker]'s second defining characteristic was her dislike of top-down leadership... 'She felt leaders were not appointed but the rose up. Someone will rise. Someone will emerge'. It was an attitude Baker shared with some of the older women in the movement.”

Tags : Civil Rights Ella Baker Feminism Grassroots Organizing Leadership Naacp
Author : Gail Collins
Source : When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present

141. “Breasts are a scandal because they shatter the border between motherhood and sexuality.”

Tags : Babies Breastfeeding Breasts Children Feminism Motherhood Parenting Women Womens Rights

142. “Regardless of the faps in years, place and circumstance, women across the ages have had to negotiate the borders of their identities; in this, we find a common ground.”

Tags : Feminism Women
Source : Reading Women: How the Great Books of Feminism Changed My Life

143. “I disapprove of matrimony as a matter of principle.... Why should any independent, intelligent female choose to subject herself to the whims and tyrannies of a husband? I assure you, I have yet to meet a man as sensible as myself! (Amelia Peabody)”

Tags : Feminism Humor Husbands Intelligence Intelligent Marriage Matrimony Women
Source : Crocodile on the Sandbank

144. “The feminists had destroyed the old image of woman, but they could not erase the hostility, the prejudice, the discrimination that still remained.”

Tags : Feminism Gender Gender Studies
Author : Betty Friedan
Source : The Feminine Mystique

145. “Gender is like a Rubik’s Cube with one hundred squares per side, and every time you twist it to take a look at another angle, you make it that much harder a puzzle to solve.”

Tags : Feminism Gender Gender Identity Gender Socialisation Gender Studies Genderqueer
Source : The Social Justice Advocate's Handbook: A Guide to Gender

146. “But somehow things took a sinister turn, and the division of labor came to be understood as the demarcation of a social hierarchy. Women kept busy with numerous domestic responsibilities while their male counterparts' sole duty was tending to the flocks. Men had time to think critically, form political infrastructures, and ultimately, network with other men. Meanwhile, women were kept too busy to notice that somewhere along the line, they had become inferior. This is approximately when shit hit the fan.”

Tags : Equality Feminism Feminist Gender Roles Gender Studies History
Source : A Little F'd Up: Why Feminism Is Not a Dirty Word

147. “Education continued to come under particularly strong fire...: If women learned how to manage in the world as well as men, if they learned about history and politics and studied for a profession, of course they would soon be demanding a voice and a role outside the home. The medical doctors soon discovered that education was dangerous to a female's health.”

Tags : Feminism Gender Studies History
Source : Surpassing the Love of Men: Romantic Friendship and Love Between Women from the Renaissance to the Present

148. “To be called a copy, to be called unreal, is thus one way in which one can be oppressed. But consider that it is more fundamental than that. For to be oppressed means that you already exist as a subject of some kind, you are there as the visible and oppressed other for the master subject as a possible or potential subject. But to be unreal is something else again. For to be oppressed one must first become intelligible. To find that one is fundamentally unintelligible (indeed, that the laws of culture and of language find one to be an impossibility) is to find that one has not yet achieved access to the human. It is to find oneself speaking only and always as if one were human, but with the sense that one is not. It is to find that one's language is hollow, and that no recognition is forthcoming because the norms by which recognition takes place are not in one's favour.”

Tags : Feminism Gender Gender Studies
Author : Judith Butler
Source : Undoing Gender

149. “So was it cultural imperialism for Westerners to criticize foot-binding and female infanticide? Perhaps. But it was also the right thing to do. If we believe firmly in certain values, such as the equality of all human beings regardless of color or gender, then we should not be afraid to stand up for them; it would be feckless to defer slavery, torture, foot-binding, honor killings, or genital cutting just because we believe in respecting other faiths or cultures.”

Tags : Feminism Half The Sky Women

150. “But I am, personally, not a gambler. I wouldn’t spend £1 on the lottery, let alone take a punt on a pregnancy. The stakes are far, far too high. I can’t agree with a society that would force me to bet on how much I could love under duress.”

Tags : Feminism Freedom Freedom Of Choice Liberty Pro Choice
Author : Caitlin Moran
Source : How to Be a Woman

151. “Women deserve better than propaganda and lies to get into panties. Propaganda and lies to get into office, to get out of court, to get out of paying child support. Get the fuck out of our decisions and give us back our voice. Women deserve better; women deserve choice.”

Tags : Choice Feminism Men Politics Pro Choice Republican Women

152. “No, I'm the human here. I'm the life at stake. I'm the one with fingernails, who feels pain.Me.”

Tags : Abortion Bioethics Body Feminism Feminist Fetus Gender Gender Inequality Politics Pregnancy Pro Choice Reproductive Health Reproductive Rights Wendy Davis
Author : Alicen Grey

153. “Pregnancy and childbirth are not only physical and medical experiences, after all. They are also social experiences that, in modern America, just as when abortion was criminalized in the 1870s, serve to restrict women's ability to participate in society on equal footing with men.”

Tags : Equality Feminism Feminist Gender Gender Equality Pro Choice Reproductive Rights
Author : Katha Pollitt

154. “Aristotle didn't have a problem with abortion," she says. "Oh, well, good, that's a comfort," I say.”

Tags : Abortion Feminism Maternity Motherhood Pro Choice
Source : The Bookstore

155. “I'm pro-choice. But I hope that choice will be life.”

Tags : Abortion Feminism Pro Choice Pro Life
Author : Rush Limbaugh
Source : The Way Things Ought to Be

156. “Who are your favorite heroines in real life? The women of Afghanistan, Iraq, and Iran who risk their lives and their beauty to defy the foulness of theocracy. Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Azar Nafisi as their ideal feminine model.”

Tags : Afghanistan Ayaan Hirsi Ali Azar Nafisi Feminism Heroes Heroines Iran Iraq Islam Religion Role Models Taliban Treatment Of Women Theocracy Women Women And Religion Women In Afghanistan Women In Iran Women In Iraq Women In Islam Women S Rights In Iran Women S Rights Movement In Iran
Source : Hitch-22: A Memoir

157. “If women want rights more than they got, why don't they just take them, and not be talking about it.”

Tags : Feminism

158. “Every woman, hell, every man should be a feminist, that is the only way to render this word obsolete.”

Tags : Feminism
Author : Aysha Taryam
Source : The Opposite of Indifference: A Collection of Commentaries

159. “Responsibility to yourself means refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and naming for you...it means that you do not treat your body as a commodity with which to purchase superficial intimacy or economic security; for our bodies to be treated as objects, our minds are in mortal danger. It means insisting that those to whom you give your friendship and love are able to respect your mind. It means being able to say, with Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre: "I have an inward treasure born with me, which can keep me alive if all the extraneous delights should be withheld or offered only at a price I cannot afford to give.Responsibility to yourself means that you don't fall for shallow and easy solutions--predigested books and ideas...marrying early as an escape from real decisions, getting pregnant as an evasion of already existing problems. It means that you refuse to sell your talents and aspirations short...and this, in turn, means resisting the forces in society which say that women should be nice, play safe, have low professional expectations, drown in love and forget about work, live through others, and stay in the places assigned to us. It means that we insist on a life of meaningful work, insist that work be as meaningful as love and friendship in our lives. It means, therefore, the courage to be "different"...The difference between a life lived actively, and a life of passive drifting and dispersal of energies, is an immense difference. Once we begin to feel committed to our lives, responsible to ourselves, we can never again be satisfied with the old, passive way.”

Tags : Feminism Inspirational
Author : Adrienne Rich

160. “The history of men's opposition to women's emancipation is more interesting perhaps than the story of that emancipation itself.”

Tags : Emancipation Empowerment Feminism Gender Men Misogyny Women
Source : A Room of One's Own

161. “Women make up one half of society. Our society will remain backward and in chains unless its women are liberated, enlightened and educated.”

Tags : Emancipation Female Liberation Feminism Iraq Islam Women
Source : The Revolution and Woman in Iraq

162. “Aspiro a no depender de nadie, ni del hombre que adoro. No quiero ser su manceba, tipo innoble, la hembra que mantienen algunos individuos para que les divierta, como un perro de caza; ni tampoco que el hombre de mis ilusiones se me convierta en marido. No veo la felicidad en el matrimonio. Quiero, para expresarlo a mi manera, estar casada conmigo misma, y ser mi propia cabeza de familia. No sabré amar por obligación; sólo en la libertad comprendo mi fe constante y mi adhesión sin límites. Protesto, me da la gana de protestar contra los hombres que se han cogido todo el mundo por suyo, y no nos han dejado a nosotras más que las veredas estrechitas por donde ellos no saben andar...”

Tags : Benito Pérez Galdós Emancipation Feminism Independence Novel Quote Tristana Women
Source : Tristana

163. “What makes you think I ever got married? Married women work themselves to death, all their money goes to husbands who gamble it away. Why would I ever do that to myself?”

Tags : Businesswoman Chinese American Equal Pay Feminism Marriage Marriage Equality Mrs Hong Wig Maker
Source : Orphan Number 8

164. “Her voice was erudite, interesting; the voice of someone who straddled two cultures with a surety and style that I wished my boyfriend could find. She was smart, funny, and, above all, completely capable of controlling her life and what happened to it.”

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Author : Ruth Ahmed
Source : When Ali Met Honour

165. “It's important to realize that sometimes the information you need is hidden behind the information available.”

Tags : Critical Thinking Feminism Media
Source : The Manifesti of Radical Literature

166. “To every guy who tries to say that we have already achieved equality for the sexes, if this were true, you wouldn't be told to "man up", "be a man", "stop being a p*#%y", "harden the fuck up", "toughen up", "boys don't cry", "don't be such a girl", "stop being a wimp". As long as this type of language still exists in our society, then gender equality, my friends, has in fact not been achieved after all.”

Tags : Alpha Male Be A Man Equality Feminism Feminist Gender Equality Gender Equity Gender Norms Gender Stereotypes Masculinity Sexism Sexist Society Tough Toughen Up
Source : Embrace Your Sexual Self: A Practical Guide for Women

167. “Dear Men Everywhere,Please don't think that being a feminist means we hate you or don't need you. -We absolutely love you and couldn't live without you! ...We are just on a mission to be treated equally and with respect. No hard feelings. With love, Feminists of the World xoxoox P.S. Yes we do shave our legs!”

Tags : Beauty Empowering Women Equal Rights Equality Feminism Feminist Feminist Quotes Gender Love Men Men And Women Mission Miya Yamanouchi Respect Sexism Sexist Sexuality Social Activism Society
Source : Embrace Your Sexual Self: A Practical Guide for Women

168. “Whether they regard themselves as pro- or antifeminist, most women want men to do more of the emotional work in relationships. And most men, even those who wholeheartedly support gender equality in the workforce, still believe that emotional work is female labor. Most men continue to uphold the sexist decree that emotions have no place in the work world and that emotional labor at home should be done by females.”

Tags : Emotions Feelings Femininity Feminism Feminist Gender Gender Differences Gender Equality Gender Roles Gender Stereotypes Masculinity Men Sexism Sexist Work Work Ethic Working Together
Author : bell hooks

169. “Now let's make Virginia Heffernan a man. Can you imagine the same kind of spittle-flecked rage directed at a busy working father who admits to feeding his kids Annie's Organic Mac & Cheese?”

Tags : Father Fatherhood Feminism Feminist Mother Motherhood Parenting Sexism Sexist
Author : Emily Matchar

170. “A man's level of "toughness" (as assessed by other men), will determine whether or not his girlfriend will get hit on by other guys right in front of him in public places. If you're deemed a "p*#%y" by other guys and they want your girlfriend, even in your company she'll be considered "fair game".”

Tags : Alpha Male Boys Equality Fair Game Feminism Feminist Gender Girlfriend Guy Guys Hit On Man Masculine Masculinity Men Pick Up Picking Up Picking Up The Ladies Sexism Sexist Tough Tough Guy Tough Guy Talk
Source : Embrace Your Sexual Self: A Practical Guide for Women

171. “Those who are so eager for women and girls to go back to the kitchen might think again about just what it is we might be up to in there. You can plan a lot of damage from a kitchen. It’s also where the knives are kept.”

Tags : Feminism Justice Mysogyny Revolution Sexism
Author : Laurie Penny

172. “Life for both sexes - and I looked at them, shouldering their way along the pavement - is arduous, difficult, a perpetual struggle. It calls for gigantic courage and strength. More than anything, perhaps, creatures of illusion, it calls for confidence in oneself. Without self-confidence we are as babes in the cradle. And how can we generate this imponderable quality, which is yet so invaluable, most quickly? By thinking that other people are inferior to oneself. By feeling that one has some innate superiority - it may be wealth, or rank, a straight nose, or the portrait of a grandfather by Romney - for there is no end to the pathetic devices of the human imagination - over other people.”

Tags : Bloomsbury Feminism Feminist Mysogyny Sexism Virigina Woolf Women Authors Women Writers

173. “Je suis contre le particularisme de pays, religion, d'espece. Ne comptez pas sur moi pour faire du particularisme de sexe. Je crois qu'une bonne femme vaut un homme bon, qu'une femme intelligente vaut un homme intelligent. C'est une verite simple.”

Tags : Feminism Mysogyny

174. “Some women do not masturbate for pleasure; they masturbate to make a political statement: to remind us that women do not really need men (or at least not as much and as frequently as every single male chauvinist and every single misogynist believes).”

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Source : On Masturbation: A Satirical Essay

175. “I sometimes wonder how powerful are those Fortune 500 CEOs who can can’t even change the way that list looks (leave aside how the world looks). And, I wonder what message do we send to our young girls, in classrooms across the world, who work as hard as our young boys but see only 20 CEOs out of those 500 who look like them.”

Tags : Ceos Feminism Fortune 500 Fortune 500 Ceos Girls Inspirational Motivational Sharad Vivek Sagar Women Youth

176. “At breakfast one Saturday I decided to tell Hank my desire to go back to work. He explodes, 'What can you do? You can't make enough to buy your own Kotex”

Tags : Feminism History Women Rights
Source : The Step: One Woman's Journey to Finding Her Own Happiness and Success During the Apollo Space Program

177. “...kommet nu, den Tid, da Kvinderne studerer Romanen, ikke til ørkesløst Drømmeri, men til Opplysning, til Vækkelse, til Vidnesbyrd”

Tags : Essay Feminism Literature Novel Women
Source : Fra de stummes leir

178. “When girls see women in leadership roles speaking out for what they believe in, they see it is possible for them, too. Instead of a faraway dream, their aspirations become real, concrete and achievable. Womanhood starts to look more inviting.”

Tags : Feminism Girls Leadership Women Women S Leadership Womens Inspirational
Author : Tabby Biddle
Source : Find Your Voice: A Woman's Call to Action

179. “The feminine political voice is personal. It's intimate. It's caregiving and life enhancing. It's about bringing more love, caring and justice into the world. It's also fierce and determined.”

Tags : Feminine Power Feminism Politics Women In Politics
Author : Tabby Biddle
Source : Find Your Voice: A Woman's Call to Action

180. “The Goddess helps us heal the deep wound within us that tells us we are unworthy.”

Tags : Feminine Spirituality Feminism Goddess Spirituality Women S Inspirational
Author : Tabby Biddle
Source : Find Your Voice: A Woman's Call to Action

181. “Blaming therapy, social work and other caring professions for the confabulation of testimony of 'satanic ritual abuse' legitimated a programme of political and social action designed to contest the gains made by the women's movement and the child protection movement. In efforts to characterise social workers and therapists as hysterical zealots, 'satanic ritual abuse' was, quite literally, 'made fun of': it became the subject of scorn and ridicule as interest groups sought to discredit testimony of sexual abuse as a whole. The groundswell of support that such efforts gained amongst journalists, academics and the public suggests that the pleasures of disbelief found resonance far beyond the confines of social movements for people accused of sexual abuse. These pleasures were legitimised by a pseudo-scientific vocabulary of 'false memories' and 'moral panic' but as Daly (1999:219-20) points out 'the ultimate goal of ideology is to present itself in neutral, value-free terms as the very horizon of objectivity and to dismiss challenges to its order as the "merely ideological"'. The media spotlight has moved on and social movements for people accused of sexual abuse have lost considerable momentum. However, their rhetoric continues to reverberate throughout the echo chamber of online and 'old' media. Intimations of collusion between feminists and Christians in the concoction of 'satanic ritual abuse' continue to mobilise 'progressive' as well as 'conservative' sympathies for men accused of serious sexual offences and against the needs of victimised women and children. This chapter argues that, underlying the invocation of often contradictory rationalising tropes (ranging from calls for more scientific 'objectivity' in sexual abuse investigations to emotional descriptions of 'happy families' rent asunder by false allegations) is a collective and largely unarticulated pleasure; the catharthic release of sentiments and views about children and women that had otherwise become shameful in the aftermath of second wave feminism. It seems that, behind the veneer of public concern about child sexual abuse, traditional views about the incredibility of women's and children's testimony persist. 'Satanic ritual abuse has served as a lens through which these views have been rearticulated and reasserted at the very time that evidence of widespread and serious child sexual abuse has been consolidating. p60”

Tags : Alleged Rapists Child Protection Child Sexual Abuse Disbelief False Allegations Feminism Feminist Fundamentalists Hysterical Hysterics Manipulation Media Moral Panic Offenders Pedophilia Prejudice Pseudo Science Pseudo Scientific Ridicule Satanic Panic Scorn Sexual Abuse Social Action Victims Zealots
Source : Organised Sexual Abuse

182. “Children are often like hostages under the care of authority, with spankings and groundings nudging them like guns pointed at their skulls, threatening to shoot if the wrong words are uttered.”

Tags : Abuse Another Childhood Controversial Feminism Just Maggie Memoir Number Southern Women Young
Author : Maggie Young
Source : Just Another Number

183. “One way [to recovery] would be by creating the best possible romance book or happy ending scenario for you ... out od your own experience. Another way would be to look at it as it is: a wake-up call to action to create a more humane world, without discrimination and sexism.”

Tags : Feminism Happy Endings Hope Inspiration Love Love Hurts Recovery From Abuse Relationships Scams
Author : Elina Juusola
Source : Love on the Line: How to Recover from Romance Scams Gracefully and Without Victimisation

184. “You should write about take no-shit women like me. Girls need to know they can break the rules" p.79”

Tags : Feminism
Source : My Life on the Road

185. “The Vatican won't prosecute pedophile priests but I decide I'm not ready for motherhood and it's condemnation for me? These are the same people that won't support national condom distribution that PREVENTS teenage pregnancy.”

Tags : Abortion Catholic Feminism Feminist Motherhood Organized Religion Pregnancy Vatican Women

186. “Men should think twice before making widowhood women's only path to power.”

Tags : Death Feminism Men Murder Widowhood Women Womens Rights

187. “You should never act against yourself.”

Tags : Feminism Feminism Identity Self Esteem Self Preservation
Author : Mya Robarts
Source : The V Girl

188. “I hate society’s notion that there is something wrong with sex. Something wrong with a woman who loves sex.”

Tags : Attitude Confidence Female Sexuality Female Strength Feminism Feminism Identity Inspirational Love Sex Sexuality

189. “Gingerbread I knew I had to get out of therebefore the icing cracked and they discoveredthat I'm burnt around the edges,doughy in the center,that what they thought was sugaris salt.If I was a good girl,if I could satisfy their cravings, if every dream in my misshapen headdidn't bite, I might have stayed at the table.Wouldn't you run, too,from such voracious love?”

Tags : Feminism Feminism Identity Mental Illness Women
Source : Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty

190. “Lucy could see that love unconfined, love outside convention, might well make a woman an unfit mother; you were one kind of woman or another: you were good or you were bad, as the world saw it, and no stations in between. They allowed you to choose; you could be the maternal or the erotic, but not a bit of both. The latter made you forget the former. Men married the maternal and then longed for the erotic. Or they married the erotic by mistake, and set about making it into the maternal, and then were just as disappointed.”

Tags : Feminism Feminism Identity Love Marriage Womanhood
Author : Fay Weldon

191. “I find feminism in smiles of a country girl not in Woolf’s artworks.”

Tags : Country Quotes Feminism Feminism Identity Feminismo Woolf Quotations

192. “But, of course, you might be asking yourself, 'Am I a feminist? I might not be. I don't know! I still don't know what it is! I'm too knackered and confused to work it out. That curtain pole really still isn't up! I don't have time to work out if I am a women's libber! There seems to be a lot to it. WHAT DOES IT MEAN?'I understand. So here is the quick way of working out if you're a feminist. Put your hand in your pants.a) Do you have a vagina? andb) Do you want to be in charge of it?If you said 'yes' to both, then congratulations! You're a feminist.”

Tags : British Feminism Humor
Author : Caitlin Moran
Source : How to Be a Woman

193. “The 1970s-80s social movement called U.S. third world feminism functioned as a central locus of possibility, an insurgent social movement that shattered the construction of any one ideology as the single most correct site where truth can be represented. Indeed, without making this kind of metamove, any 'liberation' or social movement eventually becomes destined to repeat the oppressive authoritarianism from which it is attempting to free itself, and become trapped inside a drive for truth that ends only in producing its own brand of dominations. What U.S. third world feminism thus demanded was a new subjectivity, a political revision that denied any one ideology as the final answer, while instead positing a tactical subjectivity with the capactiy to de- and recenter, given the forms of power to be moved. These dynamics are what were required in the shift from enacting a hegemonic oppositional theory and practice to engaging in the differential form of social movement, as performed by U.S. feminists of color during the post-World War II period of great social transformation. p. 58-59. ”

Tags : Activism Activist Feminism Social Movements
Source : Methodology of the Oppressed

194. “Individual heterosexual women came to the movement from relationships where men were cruel, unkind, violent, unfaithful. Many of these men were radical thinkers who participated in movements for social justice, speaking out on behalf of the workers, the poor, speaking out on behalf of racial justice. However when it came to the issue of gender they were as sexist as their conservative cohorts.”

Tags : Activism Feminism Justice Liberals Men Sexism Women
Author : bell hooks

195. “As a woman you are better off in life earning your own money. You couldn't prevent your husband from leaving you or taking another wife, but you could have some of your dignity if you didn't have to beg him for financial support.”

Tags : Feminism Financial Freedom Islam
Source : Infidel

196. “When we see love as the will to nurture one's own or another's spiritual growth, revealed through acts of care, respect, knowing, and assuming responsibility, the foundation of all love in our life is the same. There is no special love exclusively reserved for romantic partners. Genuine love is the foundation of our engagement with ourselves, with family, with friends, with partners, with everyone we choose to love.”

Tags : All About Love Bell Hooks Feminism Feminist Knowing Love Love Quotes Polyamorous Polyamory Respect
Author : bell hooks

197. “When we understand love as the will to nurture our own and another's spiritual growth, it becomes clear that we cannot claim to love if we are hurtful and abusive. Love and abusive cannot coexist. Abuse and neglect are, by definition, the opposites of nurturance and care.”

Tags : Abuse Bell Hooks Feminism Feminist Love Love Quotes Men Nurturance Nurturing Quotes About Love Spiritual Spiritual Growth Women
Author : bell hooks
Source : All About Love: New Visions

198. “No wonder then that men who cared, who were open to change, often just gave up, falling back on the patriarchal masculinity they found so problematic. The individual men who did take on the mantle of a feminist notion of male liberation did so only to find that few women respected this shift. Once the 'new man' that is the man changed by feminism was represented as a wimp, as overcooked broccoli dominated by powerful females who were secretly longing for his macho counterpart, masses of men lost interest.”

Tags : Bell Hooks Enlightened Men Feminism Feminist Men Feminist Quotes Feminist Theory Male Masculinity Men Patriarchy Whipped Wimp
Author : bell hooks

199. “This fear of maleness that they inspire estranges men from every female in their lives to greater or lesser degrees, and men feel the loss. Ultimately, one of the emotional costs of allegiance to patriarchy is to be seen as unworthy of trust.”

Tags : Bell Hooks Feminism Feminist Feminist Quotes Manhood Masculinity Men Patriarchy Trust Trustworthy
Author : bell hooks
Source : The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity, and Love

200. “In the Mars-and-Venus-gendered universe, men want power and women want emotional attachment and connection. On this planet nobody really has the opportunity to know love since it is power and not love that is the order of the day. The privilege of power is at the heart of patriarchal thinking. Girls and boys, men and women who have been taught this way almost always believe love is not important, or if it is, it is never as important as being powerful, dominant, in control, on top-being right. Women who give seemingly selfless adoration and care to the men in their lives appear to be obsessed with 'love,' but in actuality their actions are often a covert way to hold power. Like their male counterparts, they enter relationships speaking the words of love even as their actions indicate that maintaining power and control is their primary agenda.”

Tags : Abuse Affection Bell Hooks Control Feminism Feminist Gender Love Love Quotes Manipulation Mars Men Are From Mars Power Romance Venus Women Are From Venus
Author : bell hooks
Source : All About Love: New Visions