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Answering Trump, et al

I deserve better - such a dangerous, mad thought for a woman to entertain.

                                                                             Meredith Duran, 'At Your Pleasure'

In my heart, I think a woman has two choices: either she's a feminist or a masochist.

                                                                                                          Gloria Steinem

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


                                                                                                            Rebecca West

When you grow up as a girl, it is like there are faint chalk lines traced approximately

three inches around your entire body at all times, drawn by society and often religion

and family  and particularly other women, who sometimes feel invested in how you

behave, as if your actions reflect directly on all womanhood.

                                                                                                               M.E Thomas

What are the worst things you can call a guy?  Fag, girl, bitch, pussy...Notice anything?

...The worst thing you can call a guy is a girl.

                                                                                                           Jessica Valenti

When statistics come in saying that only 29% of American women would describe them-

selves as feminist - and only 42% of British women - I used to think, What do you think

feminism is ladies?  What part of "liberation for women" is not for you?  Is it freedom to

vote? The right not to be owned by the man you marry?  The campaign for equal pay?..

                                                                                                              Caitlin Moran

Part of the radical connotation of feminism is not due to the word, but to the action. 

The act of a woman standing up for herself is radical, whether she calls herself a fem-

inist or not.

                                                                                                              Paula Kamen

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 workers, the

poor, speaking out on behalf of racial justice.  But when it came to the issue of gen-

der, they were as sexist as their conservative cohorts.

                                                                                                                  bell hooks

I asked a Burmese why women, after centuries of following their men, now walk ahead.

He said there were many unexplored land mines since the war.

                                                                                                            Robert Mueller

Once you start to speak, people will yell at you.  They will interrupt you, put you down.

And the world won't end...And you will still flirt and paint your nails, dress up and

party, because, as I think Emma Goldman said, " If I can't dance, I don't want to be part

of your revolution."  And at last you'll know with surpassing certainty that only one thing

is more frightening than speaking your truth.  And that is not speaking .

                                                                                                                Audre Lorde


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