Feminism Quotes

 A commitment to sexual equality with males is a commitment to becoming the rich instead of the poor, the rapist instead of the raped, the murderer instead of the murdered. 
Author: Andrea Dworkin
Nationality: American
b. 26 September 1946  - d. 9 April 2005
  
 A man can be a hero if he is a scientist, or a soldier, or a drug addict, or a disc jockey, or a crummy mediocre politician. A man can be a hero because he suffers and despairs; or because he thinks logically and analytically; or because he is ''sensitive;'' or because he is cruel. Wealth establishes a man as a hero, and so does poverty. Virtually any circumstance in a man's life will make him a hero to some group of people and has a mythic rendering in the culture -- in literature, art, theater, or the daily newspapers. 
Author: Andrea Dworkin
Nationality: American
b. 26 September 1946  - d. 9 April 2005
  
 A wondrous city of fairest carving, reflected in gleaming waters swirled to new patterning by every passing gondola. 
Author: Sylvia Pankhurst
Nationality: British
b. 05 May 1882  - d. 27 September 1960
  
 All personal, psychological, social, and institutionalized domination on this earth can be traced back to its source: the phallic identities of men. 
Author: Andrea Dworkin
Nationality: American
b. 26 September 1946  - d. 9 April 2005
  
 Being a Jew, one learns to believe in the reality of cruelty and one learns to recognize indifference to human suffering as a fact. 
Author: Andrea Dworkin
Nationality: American
b. 26 September 1946  - d. 9 April 2005
  
 By the time we are women, fear is as familiar to us as air; it is our element. We live in it, we inhale it, we exhale it, and most of the time we do not even notice it. 
Author: Andrea Dworkin
Nationality: American
b. 26 September 1946  - d. 9 April 2005
  
 By the time we are women, fear is as familiar to us as air. It is our element. We live in it, we inhale it, we exhale it, and most of the time we do not even notice it. Instead of ''I am afraid,'' we say, ''I don't want to,'' or ''I don't know how,'' or ''I can't.'' 
Author: Andrea Dworkin
Nationality: American
b. 26 September 1946  - d. 9 April 2005
  
 Childbearing is glorified in part because women die from it. 
Author: Andrea Dworkin
Nationality: American
b. 26 September 1946  - d. 9 April 2005
  
 Erotica is simply high-class pornography; better produced, better conceived, better executed, better packaged, designed for a better class of consumer. 
Author: Andrea Dworkin
Nationality: American
b. 26 September 1946  - d. 9 April 2005
  
 Every truth we see is one to give to the world, not to keep to ourselves alone. 
Author: Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1815  - d. 26 October 1902
  
 Feminism is hated because women are hated. Anti-feminism is a direct expression of misogyny; it is the political defense of women hating. 
Author: Andrea Dworkin
Nationality: American
b. 26 September 1946  - d. 9 April 2005
  
 Feminism was recognized by the average man as a conflict in which it was impossible for a man, as a chivalrous gentleman, as a respecter of the rights of little nations (like little Belgium), as a highly evolved citizen of a highly civilized community, to refuse the claim of this better half to self-determination. 
Author: Wyndham Lewis
Nationality: Canadian
b. 18 November 1882  - d. 07 March 1957
  
 Feminist art is not some tiny creek running off the great river of real art. It is not some crack in an otherwise flawless stone. It is, quite spectacularly I think, art which is not based on the subjugation of one half of the species. It is art which will take the great human themes --love, death, heroism, suffering, history itself --and render them fully human. It may also, though perhaps our imaginations are so mutilated now that we are incapable even of the ambition, introduce a new theme, one as great and as rich as those others --should we call it ''joy''? 
Author: Andrea Dworkin
Nationality: American
b. 26 September 1946  - d. 9 April 2005
  
 For a mother the project of raising a boy is the most fulfilling project she can hope for. She can watch him, as a child, play the games she was not allowed to play; she can invest in him her ideas, aspirations, ambitions, and values - or whatever she has left of them; she can watch her son, who came from her flesh and whose life was sustained by her work and devotion, embody her in the world. So while the project of raising a boy is fraught with ambivalence and leads inevitably to bitterness, it is the only project that allows a woman to be -- to be through her son, to live through her son. 
Author: Andrea Dworkin
Nationality: American
b. 26 September 1946  - d. 9 April 2005
  
 ''I hate discussions of feminism that end up with who does the dishes,'' she said. So do I. But at the end, there are always the damned dishes. 
Author: Marilyn French
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1929  - d. 02 May 2009
  
 I have gone to war too... I am going to fight capitalism even if it kills me. It is wrong that people like you should be comfortable and well fed while all around you people are starving. 
Author: Sylvia Pankhurst
Nationality: British
b. 05 May 1882  - d. 27 September 1960
  
 I'm furious about the Women's Liberationists. They keep getting up on soapboxes and proclaiming that women are brighter than men. That's true, but it should be kept quiet or it ruins the whole racket. 
Author: Anita Loos
Nationality: American
b. 26 April 1888  - d. 18 August 1981
  
 If you do not regard feminism with an uplifting sense of the gloriousness of woman's industrial destiny, or in the way, in short, that it is prescribed, by the rules of the political publicist, that you should, that will be interpreted by your opponents as an attack on woman. 
Author: Wyndham Lewis
Nationality: Canadian
b. 18 November 1882  - d. 07 March 1957
  
 In this society, the norm of masculinity is phallic aggression. Male sexuality is, by definition, intensely and rigidly phallic. A man's identity is located in his conception of himself as the possessor of a phallus; a man's worth is located in his pride in phallic identity. The main characteristic of phallic identity is that worth is entirely contingent on the possession of a phallus. Since men have no other criteria for worth, no other notion of identity, those who do not have phalluses are not recognized as fully human. 
Author: Andrea Dworkin
Nationality: American
b. 26 September 1946  - d. 9 April 2005
  
 It takes a clever man to turn cynic and a wise man to be clever enough not to. 
Author: Fannie Hurst
Nationality: American
b. 18 October 1889  - d. 23 February 1968
  
 Justice and judgement lie often a world apart. 
Author: Emmeline Pankhurst
Nationality: British
b. December 1858  - d.  December 1928
  
 Language is not neutral. It is not merely a vehicle which carries ideas. It is itself a shaper of ideas. 
Author: Dale Spender
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1943
  
 Laws are felt only when the individual comes into conflict with them. 
Author: Suzanne Clara La Follette
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1893  - d. 23 April 1983
  
 Love and freedom are vital to the creation and upbringing of a child. 
Author: Sylvia Pankhurst
Nationality: British
b. 05 May 1882  - d. 27 September 1960
  
 Male supremacy is fused into the language, so that every sentence both heralds and affirms it. 
Author: Andrea Dworkin
Nationality: American
b. 26 September 1946  - d. 9 April 2005
  
 Marriage as an institution developed from rape as a practice. Rape, originally defined as abduction, became marriage by capture. Marriage meant the taking was to extend in time, to be not only use of but possession of, or ownership. 
Author: Andrea Dworkin
Nationality: American
b. 26 September 1946  - d. 9 April 2005
  
 Men are rewarded for learning the practice of violence in virtually any sphere of activity by money, admiration, recognition, respect, and the genuflection of others honoring their sacred and proven masculinity. In male culture, police are heroic and so are outlaws; males who enforce standards are heroic and so are those who violate them. 
Author: Andrea Dworkin
Nationality: American
b. 26 September 1946  - d. 9 April 2005
  
 Men have defined the parameters of every subject. All feminist arguments, however radical in intent or consequence, are with or against assertions or premises implicit in the male system, which is made credible or authentic by the power of men to name. 
Author: Andrea Dworkin
Nationality: American
b. 26 September 1946  - d. 9 April 2005
  
 Men renounce whatever they have in common with women so as to experience no commonality with women; and what is left, according to men, is one piece of flesh a few inches long, the penis. The penis is sensate; the penis is the man; the man is human; the penis signifies humanity. 
Author: Andrea Dworkin
Nationality: American
b. 26 September 1946  - d. 9 April 2005
  
 Men who want to support women in our struggle for freedom and justice should understand that it is not terrifically important to us that they learn to cry; it is important to us that they stop the crimes of violence against us. 
Author: Andrea Dworkin
Nationality: American
b. 26 September 1946  - d. 9 April 2005
  
 Money speaks, but it speaks with a male voice. 
Author: Andrea Dworkin
Nationality: American
b. 26 September 1946  - d. 9 April 2005
  
 Most people, no doubt, when they espouse human rights, make their own mental reservations about the proper application of the word ''human.'' 
Author: Suzanne Clara La Follette
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1893  - d. 23 April 1983
  
 No woman needs intercourse; few women escape it. 
Author: Andrea Dworkin
Nationality: American
b. 26 September 1946  - d. 9 April 2005
  
 Nothing is ever simple. What do you do when you discover you like parts of the role you're trying to escape? 
Author: Marilyn French
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1929  - d. 02 May 2009
  
 Only when manhood is dead - and it will perish when ravaged femininity no longer sustains it - only then will we know what it is to be free. 
Author: Andrea Dworkin
Nationality: American
b. 26 September 1946  - d. 9 April 2005
  
 Poetry, the genre of purest beauty, was born of a truncated woman: her head severed from her body with a sword, a symbolic penis. 
Author: Andrea Dworkin
Nationality: American
b. 26 September 1946  - d. 9 April 2005
  
 Romantic love, in pornography as in life, is the mythic celebration of female negation. For a woman, love is defined as her willingness to submit to her own annihilation. The proof of love is that she is willing to be destroyed by the one whom she loves, for his sake. For the woman, love is always self-sacrifice, the sacrifice of identity, will, and bodily integrity, in order to fulfill and redeem the masculinity of her lover. 
Author: Andrea Dworkin
Nationality: American
b. 26 September 1946  - d. 9 April 2005
  
 Seduction is often difficult to distinguish from rape. In seduction, the rapist often bothers to buy a bottle of wine. 
Author: Andrea Dworkin
Nationality: American
b. 26 September 1946  - d. 9 April 2005
  
 Sexism is the foundation on which all tyranny is built. Every social form of hierarchy and abuse is modeled on male-over-female domination. 
Author: Andrea Dworkin
Nationality: American
b. 26 September 1946  - d. 9 April 2005
  
 The argument between wives and whores is an old one; each one thinking that whatever she is, at least she is not the other. 
Author: Andrea Dworkin
Nationality: American
b. 26 September 1946  - d. 9 April 2005
  
 The argument of the broken pane of glass is the most valuable argument in modern politics. 
Author: Emmeline Pankhurst
Nationality: British
b. December 1858  - d.  December 1928
  
 The basic agreement between human beings, indeed what makes them human and makes them social, is language. 
Author: Monique Wittig
Nationality: American
b. December 1935  - d. 3 January 2003
  
 The common erotic project of destroying women makes it possible for men to unite into a brotherhood; this project is the only firm and trustworthy groundwork for cooperation among males and all male bonding is based on it. 
Author: Andrea Dworkin
Nationality: American
b. 26 September 1946  - d. 9 April 2005
  
 The emancipation of today displays itself mainly in cigarettes and shorts... painted lips and nails, and the return of trailing skirts and other absurdities of dress which betoken the slave-woman's intelligent companionship. 
Author: Sylvia Pankhurst
Nationality: British
b. 05 May 1882  - d. 27 September 1960
  
 The fact that English has shed most of the old grammatical forms which time has rendered useless and scarcely intelligible, has made English a model, pointing the way which must be followed in building the Interlanguage ... 
Author: Sylvia Pankhurst
Nationality: British
b. 05 May 1882  - d. 27 September 1960
  
 The fact that we are all trained to be mothers from infancy on means that we are all trained to devote our lives to men, whether they are our sons or not; that we are all trained to force other women to exemplify the lack of qualities which characterizes the cultural construct of femininity. 
Author: Andrea Dworkin
Nationality: American
b. 26 September 1946  - d. 9 April 2005
  
 The genius of any slave system is found in the dynamics which isolate slaves from each other, obscure the reality of a common condition, and make united rebellion against the oppressor inconceivable. 
Author: Andrea Dworkin
Nationality: American
b. 26 September 1946  - d. 9 April 2005
  
 The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls. 
Author: Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1815  - d. 26 October 1902
  
 The will to domination is a ravenous beast. There are never enough warm bodies to satiate its monstrous hunger. Once alive, this beast grows and grows, feeding on all the life around it, scouring the earth to find new sources of nourishment. This beast lives in each man who battens on female servitude. 
Author: Andrea Dworkin
Nationality: American
b. 26 September 1946  - d. 9 April 2005
  
 There is a word sweeter than mother, home, or heaven - that word is liberty. 
Author: Matilda Electa Joslyn Gage
Nationality: Native American
b. December 1826  - d.  December 1898
  
 There is nothing more innately human than the tendency to transmute what has become customary into what has been divinely ordained. 
Author: Suzanne Clara La Follette
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1893  - d. 23 April 1983
  
 Undernourished, intelligence becomes like the bloated belly of a starving child: swollen, filled with nothing the body can use. 
Author: Andrea Dworkin
Nationality: American
b. 26 September 1946  - d. 9 April 2005
  
 Until economic freedom is attained for everybody, there can be no real freedom for anybody. 
Author: Suzanne Clara La Follette
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1893  - d. 23 April 1983
  
 Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily this is not difficult. 
Author: Charlotte Whitton
Nationality: American
b. 08 March 1896  - d. 25 January 1975
  
 While gossip among women is universally ridiculed as low and trivial, gossip among men, especially if it is about women, is called theory, or idea, or fact. 
Author: Andrea Dworkin
Nationality: American
b. 26 September 1946  - d. 9 April 2005
  
 Wild intelligence abhors any narrow world; and the world of women must stay narrow, or the woman is an outlaw. No woman could be Nietzsche or Rimbaud without ending up in a whorehouse or lobotomized. 
Author: Andrea Dworkin
Nationality: American
b. 26 September 1946  - d. 9 April 2005
  
 Woman is not born: she is made. In the making, her humanity is destroyed. She becomes symbol of this, symbol of that: mother of the earth, slut of the universe; but she never becomes herself because it is forbidden for her to do so. 
Author: Andrea Dworkin
Nationality: American
b. 26 September 1946  - d. 9 April 2005
  
 Women are an enslaved population - the crop we harvest is children, the fields we work are houses. Women are forced into committing sexual acts with men that violate integrity because the universal religion - contempt for women - has as its first commandment that women exist purely as sexual fodder for men. 
Author: Andrea Dworkin
Nationality: American
b. 26 September 1946  - d. 9 April 2005
  
 Women have been taught that, for us, the earth is flat, and that if we venture out, we will fall off the edge. Some of us have ventured out nevertheless, and so far we have not fallen off. It is my faith, my feminist faith, that we will not. 
Author: Andrea Dworkin
Nationality: American
b. 26 September 1946  - d. 9 April 2005
  
 Women, for centuries not having access to pornography and now unable to bear looking at the muck on the supermarket shelves, are astonished. Women do not believe that men believe what pornography says about women. But they do. From the worst to the best of them, they do 
Author: Andrea Dworkin
Nationality: American
b. 26 September 1946  - d. 9 April 2005
  
 ''Women's fashion'' is a euphemism for fashion created by men for women. 
Author: Andrea Dworkin
Nationality: American
b. 26 September 1946  - d. 9 April 2005
  
 I am always busy, which is perhaps the chief reason why I am always well. 
Author: Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1815  - d. 26 October 1902
  
 The Bible and the Church have been the greatest stumbling blocks in the way of women's emancipation.  
Author: Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1815  - d. 26 October 1902
  
 Nothing strengthens the judgment and quickens the conscience like individual responsibility. 
Author: Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1815  - d. 26 October 1902
  
 Love is the vital essence that pervades and permeates, from the center to the circumference, the graduating circles of all thought and action. Love is the talisman of human weal and woe - the open sesame to every soul. 
Author: Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1815  - d. 26 October 1902
  
 The heyday of woman's life is the shady side of fifty. 
Author: Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1815  - d. 26 October 1902
  
 Woman's discontent increases in exact proportion to her development. 
Author: Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1815  - d. 26 October 1902
  
 We found nothing grand in the history of the Jews nor in the morals inculcated in the Pentateuch. I know of no other books that so fully teach the subjection and degradation of woman. 
Author: Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1815  - d. 26 October 1902
  
 If feminism has any logic at all, it must be working for a sexless society. 
Author: Ti-Grace Atkinson
Nationality: American
b. 9 November 1938
  
 I often lived the life of a fugitive, except that it was the more desperate life of a battered woman who had run away for the last time, whatever the outcome. 
Author: Andrea Dworkin
Nationality: American
b. 26 September 1946  - d. 9 April 2005
  
 Sitting with Ricki, talking with Ricki, I made a vow to her: that I would use everything I knew, including from prostitution, to make the women's movement stronger and better; that I'd give my life to the movement and for the movement. I promised to be honor-bound to the well-being of women, to do anything necessary for that well-being. I promised to live and to die if need be for women. I made that vow some thirty years ago, and I have not betrayed it yet. 
Author: Andrea Dworkin
Nationality: American
b. 26 September 1946  - d. 9 April 2005
  
 The doctor who knows me best says that osteoarthritis begins long before it cripples - in my case, possibly from homelessness, or sexual abuse, or beatings on my legs, or my weight. John, my partner, blames Scapegoat, a study of Jewish identity and women's liberation that took me nine years to write. It is, he says, the book that stole my health. I blame the drug-rape that I experienced in 1999 in Paris. 
Author: Andrea Dworkin
Nationality: American
b. 26 September 1946  - d. 9 April 2005
  
 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. 
Author: Rebecca West
Nationality: Irish
b. 21 December 1892  - d. 15 March 1983
  
 It would be incorrect to say that lesbians associate, make love, live with women, for 'woman' has meaning only in heterosexual systems of thought and heterosexual economic systems. Lesbians are not women. 
Author: Monique Wittig
Nationality: American
b. December 1935  - d. 3 January 2003
  
 There is something that Governments care for far more than human life, and that is the security of property, and so it is through property that we shall strike the enemy. Be militant each in your own way. I incite this meeting to rebellion. 
Author: Emmeline Pankhurst
Nationality: British
b. December 1858  - d.  December 1928
  
 We are here, not because we are law-breakers; we are here in our efforts to become law-makers.We are here, not because we are law-breakers; we are here in our efforts to become law-makers. 
Author: Emmeline Pankhurst
Nationality: British
b. December 1858  - d.  December 1928
  
 Out with stereotypes, feminism proclaims. But stereotypes are the west's stunning sexual personae, the vehicles of art's assault against nature. The moment there is imagination, there is myth. 
Author: Camille Paglia
Nationality: American
b. 2 April 1947
  
 The pattern of violent self-destruction as depicted by some of the contestants in Channel Nine's reality show Ladette To Lady is not what feminism was supposed to be about - instead of being shackled and objectified by men, women are doing it to themselves. 
Author: Miranda Devine
Nationality: Australian   
 In too many instances, the march to globalization has also meant the marginalization of women and girls. And that must change. 
Author: Hilary Clinton
Nationality: American
b. 26 October 1947
  
 This is no simple reform. It really is a revolution. Sex and race because they are easy and visible differences have been the primary ways of organizing human beings into superior and inferior groups and into the cheap labor in which this system still depends. We are talking about a society in which there will be no roles other than those chosen or those earned. We are really talking about humanism. 
Author: Gloria Steinem
Nationality: American
b. 25 March 1934
  
 I have always thought that the fact that I was born on that day had some kind of influence over my life. 
Author: Emmeline Pankhurst
Nationality: British
b. December 1858  - d.  December 1928
  
 The militancy of men, through all the centuries, has drenched the world with blood. The militancy of women has harmed no human life save the lives of those who fought the battle of righteousness. 
Author: Emmeline Pankhurst
Nationality: British
b. December 1858  - d.  December 1928
  
 I obstinately refused to obey one with whom I supposed I was entering into an equal relation. 
Author: Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1815  - d. 26 October 1902
  
 Fear of judgment seized my soul. Visions of the lost haunted my dreams. Mental anguish prostrated my health. Dethronement of my reason was apprehended by my friends. 
Author: Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1815  - d. 26 October 1902
  
 Just as the slave master required the slaves to imitate the image he had of them, so women, who live in a relatively powerless position, politically and economically, feel obliged by a kind of implicit force to live up to culture's image of what is female. 
Author: Susan Griffin
Nationality: American
b. December 1943
  
 The men who still have the largest share of the power in society don't do any domestic work. The very people who are making our most important decisions should know how to cook, know how to grow a garden, diaper a baby, and raise young people. They should not only know these things but practice them. 
Author: Susan Griffin
Nationality: American
b. December 1943
  
 Ordinary women attempt to change our bodies to resemble a pornographic ideal. Ordinary women construct a false self and come to hate this self. 
Author: Susan Griffin
Nationality: American
b. December 1943
  
 You see, if I was a guy, and I was sitting here with a cigarette in my hand, grabbing my crotch and talking about how I make music because I like fast cars and fucking girls, you'd call me a rockstar. But when I do it in my music and in my videos, because I'm a female, because I make pop music, you're judgmental and you say that it is distracting. I'm just a rockstar. 
Author: Lady Gaga
Nationality: American
b. 28 March 1986
  
 The female woman is one of the greatest institooshuns of which this land can boste.  
Author: Artemus Ward
Nationality: American
b. 26 April 1834  - d. 06 March 1867
  
 Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farmworkers can become the president of a great nation. It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another. 
Author: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nationality: South African
b. 18 July 1918
  
 Men seem unable to feel equal to women: they must be superior or they are inferior. 
Author: Marilyn French
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1929  - d. 02 May 2009
  
 All men are rapists and that's all they are. They rape us with their eyes, their laws, and their codes. 
Author: Marilyn French
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1929  - d. 02 May 2009
  
 There are a lot of homes for boys, but very few for girls, that is why I chose to do for girls. 
Author: Miriam Makeba
Nationality: South African
b. 04 March 1932  - d. 11 November 2008
  
 The short article on "Child Murder" in your paper of March 12 that touched a subject which lies deeper down in woman's wrongs than any other. This is the denial of the right to herself ... nowhere has the marital union of the sexes been one in which woman has had control over her own body. Enforced motherhood is a crime against the body of the mother and the soul of the child....But the crime of abortion is not one in which the guilt lies solely or even chiefly with the woman....I hesitate not to assert that most of this crime of "child murder," "abortion," "infanticide," lies at the door of the male sex. Many a woman has laughed a silent, derisive laugh at the decisions of eminent medical and legal authorities, in cases of crimes committed against her as a woman. Never, until she sits as juror on such trials, will or can just decisions be rendered."  
Author: Matilda Electa Joslyn Gage
Nationality: Native American
b. December 1826  - d.  December 1898
  
 When they preach as does Rev. Crummell, of "the hidden mystery of generation, the wondrous secret of propagated life, committed to the trust of woman," they bring up a self-evident fact of nature which needs no other inspiration, to show the world that the mother, and not the father, is the true head of the family, and that she should be able to free herself from the adulterous husband, keeping her own body a holy temple for its divine-human uses, of which as priestess and holder of the altar she alone should have control. 
Author: Matilda Electa Joslyn Gage
Nationality: Native American
b. December 1826  - d.  December 1898
  
 There is a word sweeter than Mother, Home or Heaven. That word is Liberty. 
Author: Matilda Electa Joslyn Gage
Nationality: Native American
b. December 1826  - d.  December 1898
  
 Do not allow the Church or State to govern your thought or dictate your judgment. 
Author: Matilda Electa Joslyn Gage
Nationality: Native American
b. December 1826  - d.  December 1898
  
 The careful student of history will discover that Christianity has been of very little value in advancing civilization, but has done a great deal toward retarding it. 
Author: Matilda Electa Joslyn Gage
Nationality: Native American
b. December 1826  - d.  December 1898
  
 This monopoly over language is one the means by which males have ensured their own primacy, and consequently have ensured the invisibility or "other" nature of females.  
Author: Dale Spender
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1943
  
 Openly questioning the way the world works and challenging the power of the powerful is not an activity customarily rewarded. 
Author: Dale Spender
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1943
  
 When women are supposed to be quiet, a talkative woman is a woman who talks at all. 
Author: Dale Spender
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1943
  
 Language helps form the limits of our reality. 
Author: Dale Spender
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1943
  
 Women’s humor is part of the revolution. 
Author: Dale Spender
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1943
  
 A woman has to be twice as good as a man to go half as far. 
Author: Fannie Hurst
Nationality: American
b. 18 October 1889  - d. 23 February 1968
  
 Any writer worth the name is always getting into one thing or getting out of another thing. 
Author: Fannie Hurst
Nationality: American
b. 18 October 1889  - d. 23 February 1968
  
 Few enjoy noisy overcrowded functions. But they are a gesture of goodwill on the part of host or hostess, and also on the part of guests who submit to them. 
Author: Fannie Hurst
Nationality: American
b. 18 October 1889  - d. 23 February 1968
  
 I'm not happy when I'm writing, but I'm more unhappy when I'm not. 
Author: Fannie Hurst
Nationality: American
b. 18 October 1889  - d. 23 February 1968
  
 Sex is a discovery. 
Author: Fannie Hurst
Nationality: American
b. 18 October 1889  - d. 23 February 1968
  
 Some people think they are worth a lot of money just because they have it. 
Author: Fannie Hurst
Nationality: American
b. 18 October 1889  - d. 23 February 1968
  
 Those religions that are oppressive to women are also against democracy, human rights, and freedom of expression. 
Author: Taslima Nasrin
Nationality: Bengali
b. 25 August 1967
  
 I write against the religion because if women want to live like human beings, they will have to live outside the religion and Islamic law. 
Author: Taslima Nasrin
Nationality: Bengali
b. 25 August 1967
  
 I believe that if the silent majority were to protest against those who believe in irrational blind faith - who want to go backwards instead of forward, who are for tradition not innovation, who oppose individualism and plurality of thought - then the world would become a truly civilized world in which to live. 
Author: Taslima Nasrin
Nationality: Bengali
b. 25 August 1967
  
 Nature says women are human beings, men have made religions to deny it. Nature says women are human beings, men cry out no! 
Author: Taslima Nasrin
Nationality: Bengali
b. 25 August 1967
  
 The fundamentalists are increasing. People, afraid to oppose those fundamentalists, shut their mouths. It is really very difficult to make people move against a sensitive issue like religion, which is the source of fundamentalism. 
Author: Taslima Nasrin
Nationality: Bengali
b. 25 August 1967
  
 I don't believe in God. The religion mongers segregate women from the human race, I too am divided, I too am defrauded of my human rights. 
Author: Taslima Nasrin
Nationality: Bengali
b. 25 August 1967
  
 If any religion allows the persecution of the people of different faiths, if any religion keeps women in slavery, if any religion keeps people in ignorance, then I can't accept that religion. 
Author: Taslima Nasrin
Nationality: Bengali
b. 25 August 1967
  
 Women are oppressed in the east, in the west, in the south, in the north. Women are oppressed inside, outside home, a woman is oppressed in religion, she is oppressed outside religion. 
Author: Taslima Nasrin
Nationality: Bengali
b. 25 August 1967
  
 I came from a country where religious fundamentalists, including governmental authorities, denied my freedom to have thoughts that are different from their own. As a punishment, they demanded my execution by hanging. I was forced to leave my own country. I had to pay heavily for the sole reason that I believe in human rights and freedom of expression. 
Author: Taslima Nasrin
Nationality: Bengali
b. 25 August 1967
  
 Koranic teaching still insists that the sun moves around the earth. How can we advance when they teach things like that? 
Author: Taslima Nasrin
Nationality: Bengali
b. 25 August 1967
  
 Religion, society and state - from none of these do women get their proper honour. It is religion which has created an unparalleled disparity between men and women. 
Author: Taslima Nasrin
Nationality: Bengali
b. 25 August 1967
  
 Religion is now the first obstacle to women's advancement. Religion pulls human beings backwards, it goes against science and progressiveness. Religion engulfs people with a fear of the supernatural. It bars people from laughing and never allows people to exercise their choice. 
Author: Taslima Nasrin
Nationality: Bengali
b. 25 August 1967
  
 I don't find any difference between Islam and Islamic fundamentalists. I believe religion is the root, and from the root fundamentalism grows as a poisonous stem. If we remove fundamentalism and keep religion, then one day or another fundamentalism will grow again. I need to say that because some liberals always defend Islam and blame fundamentalists for creating problems. But Islam itself oppresses women. Islam itself doesn't permit democracy and it violates human rights. 
Author: Taslima Nasrin
Nationality: Bengali
b. 25 August 1967
  
 I don't agree with those who think that the conflict is simply between two religions, namely Christianity and Islam. To me, the key conflict is between irrational blind faith and rational, logical minds. 
Author: Taslima Nasrin
Nationality: Bengali
b. 25 August 1967
  
 Saudi women are weak, no matter how high their status, even the 'pampered' ones among them, because they have no law to protect them from attack by anyone. The oppression of women and the effacement of their selfhood is a flaw affecting most homes in Saudi Arabia. 
Author: Wajeha al-Huwaider
Nationality: Saudi Arabian   
 Before that, I knew that I'm a human being. However, in the United States I felt it, because I was treated as one. I learned life means nothing without freedom. Then I decided to become a real women's rights activist, in order to free women in my country and to make them feel alive. 
Author: Wajeha al-Huwaider
Nationality: Saudi Arabian   
 The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians. 
Author: Pat Robertson
Nationality: Saudi Arabian
b. 22 March 1930
  
 If one's sexual experience has always and without exception been based on dominance - not only overt acts but also metaphysical and ontological assumptions - how can one read this book? The end of male dominance would mean - in the understanding of such a man - the end of sex. If one has eroticized a differential in power that allows for force as a natural and inevitable part of intercourse, how could one understand that this book does not say that all men are rapists or that all intercourse is rape? Equality in the realm of sex is an antisexual idea if sex requires domination in order to register as sensation. As sad as I am to say it, the limits of the old Adam - and the material power he still has, especially in publishing and media - have set limits on the public discourse (by both men and women) about this book. 
Author: Andrea Dworkin
Nationality: American
b. 26 September 1946  - d. 9 April 2005
  
 I fucked for food and shelter and whatever cash I needed. 
Author: Andrea Dworkin
Nationality: American
b. 26 September 1946  - d. 9 April 2005
  
 I was homeless, poor, sexually traumatized, I learned to trade sex for money. I spent a lot of years out on the street, living hand to mouth. 
Author: Andrea Dworkin
Nationality: American
b. 26 September 1946  - d. 9 April 2005
  
 With pornography, a woman can still be sold after the beatings, the rapes, the pain, the humiliation, have killed her. I write for her, in behalf of her, I try to intervene before she dies. I know her. I have come close to being her. 
Author: Andrea Dworkin
Nationality: American
b. 26 September 1946  - d. 9 April 2005
  
 The American Civil Liberties Union claims to protect rights, political dissenters, and the vitality of political and creative discourse. The organization, in my view, is exceptionally corrupt, a handmaiden of the pornographers, the Nazis, and the Ku Klux Klan. Only the pornographers give them lots of money. The Nazis and the Klan they help on principle. It's their form of charity work. I didn't understand this in 1981. I thought something was wrong but I wasn't exactly sure what. I wrote this piece to try to raise a real debate about the values and tactics of the ACLU. Forget it, folks. The ACLU is immune to criticism because virtually none gets published - none on the Left. I couldn't get this piece published but I did get some mean - even handwritten - letters from left, progressive, and libertarian editors expressing their disgust with my "contempt'' for free speech. Speech is what I do; it ain't free; it costs a lot. This piece has never been published before. 
Author: Andrea Dworkin
Nationality: American
b. 26 September 1946  - d. 9 April 2005
  




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