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.
raised' consciousness means lifelong bumping up against a continually receding ceiling. I mean, who ever 'graduates'?
Hate generalizes; love specifies. Or: The movements of hatred are toward generalization; love's movements are toward specification.
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.
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.
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.
Knowledge is power. Information is power. The secreting or hoarding of knowledge or information may be an act of tyranny camouflaged as humility.
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.
Feminism is for all women and girls, not a privileged few or one ethnicity, religion, age, sexual preference, ability, region or hemisphere.
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.
White males are the most responsible for the destruction of human life and environment on the planet today.
We are the women men warned us about.
There's something contagious about demanding freedom.
Sexism is not the fault of women - kill your fathers, not your mothers
Where else could one find such a perfect combination of American values -- racism, militarism, capitalism -- all packaged in one 'ideal' symbol, a woman.
An indigenous feminism has been present in every culture in the world and in every period of history since the suppression of women began.
... life is a comedy far darker than drama. It just takes time to learn what to smile at.
Friendship is mutual blackmail elevated to the level of love.
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.
Sisterhood is powerful.
Carry yourself as one who will change the world, because you will.
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