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Surely women's liberation is a most unpromising panacea. But the movement is working politically, because our sexuality is so confused, our masculinity so uncertain, and our families so beleaguered that no one knows what they are for or how they are sustained. George Gilder

In the battle of the sexes, woman gains her greatest victory by surrendering. Anonymous

''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. Marilyn French

Whether women are better than men I cannot say - but I can say they are certainly no worse. ~Golda Meir

Man endures pain as an undeserved punishment; woman accepts it as a natural heritage. ~Unknown

Feminism is hated because women are hated. Anti-feminism is a direct expression of misogyny; it is the political defense of women hating. Andrea Dworkin

I wish someone would have told me that, just because I'm a girl, I don't have to get married. ~Marlo Thomas

One of the things about equality is not just that you be treated equally to a man, but that you treat yourself equally to the way you treat a man. Marlo Thomas

Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior. Socrates

It's wonderful to watch a pretty woman with character grow beautiful. ~Mignon McLaughlin

Women are the only exploited group in history to have been idealized into powerlessness. ~Erica Jong

Movements born in hatred very quickly take on the characteristics of the thing they oppose. J. S. Habgood

My advice to the women's clubs of America is to raise more hell and fewer dahlias. ~James McNeill Whistler

Feminism is an entire world view or gestalt, not just a laundry list of women's issues. Charlotte Bunch

Taught from 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. ~Mary Wollstonecraft

There must be a world revolution which puts an end to all materialistic conditions hindering woman from performing her natural role in life and driving her to carry out man's duties in order to be equal in rights. Colonel Muhammar Qaddafi

If the abstract rights of man will bear discussion and explanation, those of women, by a parity of reasoning, will not shrink from the same test: though a different opinion prevails in this country. Mary Wollstonecraft

Scratch most feminists and underneath there is a woman who longs to be a sex object. The difference is that is not all she wants to be. ~Betty Rollin

The most important thing women have to do is to stir up the zeal of women themselves. John Stuart Mill

Everything in woman hath a solution. It is called pregnancy. Friedrich Nietzsche

It is now possible for a flight attendant to get a pilot pregnant. ~Richard J. Ferris

Male supremacy has kept woman down. It has not knocked her out. Clare Boothe Luce

As a result of the feminist revolution, ''feminine'' becomes an abusive epithet. Wyndham Lewis

I would have girls regard themselves not as adjectives but as nouns. ~Elizabeth Cady Stanton

The world has never yet seen a truly great and virtuous nation because in the degradation of woman the very fountains of life are poisoned at their source. ~Lucretia Mott

The people I'm furious with are the Women's Liberationists. They keep getting up on soapboxes and proclaiming women are brighter than men. That's true, but it should be kept quiet or it ruins the whole racket. Anita Loos

Marriage is for women the commonest mode of livelihood, and the total amount of undesired sex endured by women is probably greater in marriage than in prostitution. ~Bertrand Russell

Advertisers in general bear a large part of the responsibility for the deep feelings of inadequacy that drive women to psychiatrists, pills, or the bottle. ~Marya Mannes

Any intelligent woman who reads the marriage contract, and then goes into it, deserves all the consequences. ~Isadora Duncan

When a woman behaves like a man, why doesn't she behave like a nice man? ~Edith Evans

Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition. ~Timothy Leary

One of the reasons for the failure of feminism to dislodge deeply held perceptions of male and female behavior was its insistence that women were victims, and men powerful patriarchs, which made a travesty of ordinary people's experience of the mutual interdependence of men and women. Rosalind Coward

Women get more unhappy the more they try to liberate themselves. Brigitte Bardot

A woman is like a tea bag. It's only when she's in hot water that you realize how strong she is. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

I wanted to be the first woman to burn her bra, but it would have taken the fire department four days to put it out. Dolly Parton

Thou art blind to the danger of marrying a woman who feels and acts out the principle of equal rights. Angelina Grimke

Some of us are becoming the men we wanted to marry. Gloria Steinem

There is more difference within the sexes than between them. ~Ivy Compton-Burnett

The emancipation of today displays itself mainly in cigarettes and shorts. There is even a reaction from the ideal of an intellectual and emancipated womanhood, for which the pioneers toiled and suffered, to be seen in painted lips and nails, and the return of trailing skirts and other absurdities of dress which betoken the slave-woman's intelligent companionship. Sylvia Pankhurst

Women's liberation, if it abolishes the patriarchal family, will abolish a necessary substructure of the authoritarian state, and once that withers away Marx will have come true willy-nilly, so let's get on with it. Germaine Greer

I am a feminist, and what that means to me is much the same as the meaning of the fact that I am Black: it means that I must undertake to love myself and to respect myself as though my very life depends upon self-love and self-respect. June Jordan

The feminist anti-pornography movement, no less than the feminist movement of a century ago, encourages the assumption that male and female sexuality, and possibly morality, are as unlike as yin and yang. Barbara Ehrenreich

Women are not inherently passive or peaceful. We're not inherently anything but human. ~Robin Morgan

Several men I can think of are as capable, as smart, as funny, as compassionate, and as confused - as remarkable you might say - as most women. ~Jane Howard

A good part -- and definitely the most fun part -- of being a feminist is about frightening men. Julie Burchill

Easy is an adjective used to describe a woman who has the sexual morals of a man. ~Nancy Linn-Desmond

The true Republic: men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less. Susan B. Anthony

I didn't fight to get women out from behind vacuum cleaners to get them onto the board of Hoover. Germaine Greer

The modern woman is the curse of the universe. A disaster, that's what. She thinks that before her arrival on the scene no woman ever did anything worthwhile before, no woman was ever liberated until her time, no woman really ever amounted to anything. Adela Rogers St. Johns

We have to have faith in ourselves. I have never met a woman who, deep down in her core, really believes she has great legs. And if she suspects that she might have great legs, then she's convinced that she has a shrill voice and no neck. ~Cynthia Heimel

Feminism directly confronts the idea that one person or set of people [has] the right to impose definitions of reality on others. ~Liz Stanley

The Queen is most anxious to enlist everyone who can speak or write to join in checking this mad, wicked folly of ''Woman's Rights'' with all its attendant horrors on which her poor, feeble sex is bent, forgetting every sense of womanly feeling and propriety. Queen Victoria

Just because we're sisters under the skin doesn't mean we've got much in common. Angela Carter

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. Andrea Dworkin

Feminism is a political mistake. Feminism is a mistake made by women's intellect, a mistake which her instinct will recognize. Valentine De Saint-Point

Resolved, that the women of this nation in 1876, have greater cause for discontent, rebellion and revolution than the men of 1776. ~Susan B. Anthony
I owe nothing to Women's Lib. Margaret Thatcher

The sadness of the women's movement is that they don't allow the necessity of love. See, I don't personally trust any revolution where love is not allowed. Maya Angelou

Nobody objects to a woman being a good writer or sculptor or geneticist if at the same time she manages to be a good wife, a good mother, good-looking, good-tempered, well-dressed, well-groomed, and unaggressive. ~Marya Mannes

Tomboys are an assertion of reality, of practicality. Forced femininity is a waste of energy and resources, and therefore of oneself. Live to live. ~Morgan Torva

Men weren't really the enemy - they were fellow victims suffering from an outmoded masculine mystique that made them feel unnecessarily inadequate when there were no bears to kill. ~Betty Friedan

When an individual is kept in a situation of inferiority, the fact is that he does become inferior. Simone De Beauvoir

Why is it that only girls stand on the sides of their feet? As if they're afraid to plant themselves? ~Barbara Kingsolver

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. Andrea Dworkin

The connections between and among women are the most feared, the most problematic, and the most potentially transforming force on the planet. Adrienne Rich

The vote means nothing to women. We should be armed. Edna O'Brien

Men are irrelevant. Women are happy or unhappy, fulfilled or unfulfilled, and it has nothing to do with men. ~Fay Weldon

The freedom that women were supposed to have found in the Sixties largely boiled down to easy contraception and abortion; things to make life easier for men, in fact. Julie Burchill

The suffering of either sex -- of the male who is unable, because of the way in which he was reared, to take the strong initiating or patriarchal role that is still demanded of him, or of the female who has been given too much freedom of movement as a child to stay placidly within the house as an adult -- this suffering, this discrepancy, this sense of failure in an enjoined role, is the point of leverage for social change. Margaret Mead

I am blackly bored when they are at large and at work; but somehow I am still more blackly bored when they are shut up in Holloway and we are deprived of them. Henry James

If I were a woman, I would never trust men who say they are feminists. Either they are acting out of guilt, trying to establish credentials, or they think they might be able to pick up more girls. If I were a woman, I would say, go away and have your first period. Then come back and tell me you are a feminist. David Thomas

Whether we regard the Women's Liberation movement as a serious threat, a passing convulsion, or a fashionable idiocy, it is a movement that mounts an attack on practically everything that women value today and introduces the language and sentiments of political confrontation into the area of personal relationships. Arianna Stassinopoulos

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. Wyndham Lewis

The sight of women talking together has always made men uneasy; nowadays it means rank subversion. Germaine Greer

The emancipation of women is practically the greatest egoistic movement of the nineteenth century, and the most intense affirmation of the right of the self that history has yet seen. Ellen Key

People call me feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat or a prostitute. Rebecca West

Women's liberation is the liberation of the feminine in the man and the masculine in the woman. Sister Corita Kent

Men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less. Susan B. Anthony

I became a feminist as an alternative to becoming a masochist. Sally Kempton

Feminism is the radical notion that women are people. ~Cheris Kramarae

Liberation is an ever shifting horizon, a total ideology that can never fulfill its promises. It has the therapeutic quality of providing emotionally charged rituals of solidarity in hatred -- it is the amphetamine of its believers. Arianna Stassinopoulos

Women's Liberation is just a lot of foolishness. It's the men who are discriminated against. They can't bear children. And no one's likely to do anything about that. Golda Meir

A liberated woman is one who has sex before marriage and a job after. Gloria Steinem

The embattled gates to equal rights indeed opened up for modern women, but I sometimes think to myself: ''That is not what I meant by freedom -- it is only social progress. '' Helene Deutsch

Let us rise in the moral power of womanhood; and give utterance to the voice of outraged mercy, and insulted justice, and eternal truth, and mighty love and holy freedom. Maria Weston Chapman

We need a new kind of feminism, one that stresses personal responsibility and is open to art and sex in all their dark, unconsoling mysteries. The feminist of the fin de siFcle will be bawdy, streetwise, and on-the-spot confrontational, in the prankish Sixties way. Camille Paglia

Feminism is doomed to failure because it is based on an attempt to repeal and restructure human nature. Phyllis Schlafly

Men now monopolize the upper levels? depriving women of their rightful share of opportunities for incompetence. Laurence J. Peter

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

Merely external emancipation has made of the modern woman an artificial being. Now, woman is confronted with the necessity of emancipating herself from emancipation, if she really desires to be free. Emma Goldman

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