My white skin disgusts me. My passport disgusts me. They are the marks of an insufferable privilege bought at the price of others' agony. If I could peel myself inside out I would be glad. If I could become part of the oppressed I would be free.
Only she who attempts the absurd can achieve the impossible.
Hate generalizes; love specifies. Or: The movements of hatred are toward generalization; love's movements are toward specification.
When solutions are offered us by the people who originally brought us the problem, we do well to be suspicious.
Women are not inherently passive or peaceful. We're not inherently anything but human.
When table utensils were invented in the 1100s, the Catholic Church condemned them as obscene and heretical, claiming, 'God gave us fingers with which to eat.' And we're supposed to get politically discouraged? Oh please. We're being opposed by people who denounced the fork.
We can't destroy the inequities between men and women until we destroy marriage.
... life is a comedy far darker than drama. It just takes time to learn what to smile at.
I feel that 'man-hating' is an honourable and viable political act, that the oppressed have a right to class-hatred against the class that is oppressing them.
Let's put one lie to rest for all time: the lie that men are oppressed, too, by sexism-the lie that there can be such a thing as men's liberation groups.
Knowledge is power. Information is power. The secreting or hoarding of knowledge or information may be an act of tyranny camouflaged as humility.
White males are the most responsible for the destruction of human life and environment on the planet today.
In the long run, Women's Liberation will of course free men-but in the short run it's going to COST men a lot of privilege, which no one gives up willingly or easily.
Sexism is not the fault of women - kill your fathers, not your mothers
An indigenous feminism has been present in every culture in the world and in every period of history since the suppression of women began.
We are the women men warned us about.
If I had to characterize one quality as the genius of feminist thought, culture, and action, it would be the connectivity.
The subtlest and most vicious aspect of women's oppression is that we have been conditioned to believe we are not oppressed, blinded so as not to see our own condition.
No matter how expected, death is always the ultimate surprise.
Friendship is mutual blackmail elevated to the level of love.
I do believe deeply that all human beings, male and female, are sexual beings, most likely bisexual beings channeled this way and that by cultures terrified of boundary crossings without passports stamped gay or straight.
The "Otherizing" of women is the oldest oppression known to our species, and it's the model, the template, for all other oppressions.
The Confucian concept and Chinese ideograms for 'woman' and for 'slave' are the same.
Carry yourself as one who will change the world, because you will.
Where else could one find such a perfect combination of American values -- racism, militarism, capitalism -- all packaged in one 'ideal' symbol, a woman.
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