"To be accused of a feminine style has haunted the psyches of women who write, for the accusation means critical dismissal, not chivalrous regard. George Eliot, the Bronte Sisters and George Sand did not care to reveal their sex on the title page; a masculine pseudonym gave protective coloration to their words, and that was the only chivalry they required. Earlier in the nineteenth century Jane Austen had coped with the identity problem by publishing her first novel as the work of ‘A Lady,’ alerting the reader, suggests critic Rachel Brownstein, that here is a ‘distinctly feminine and well-bred voice of a genteel maiden’ who desires to please. As recently as a decade ago a university study attempted to gauge reader response when the sex of an author was attached to a piece of writing. When the writing bore a woman’s name, readers felt it was less competent, less significant work."
— Susan Brownmiller, Femininity
"It is not your penis we have been envying all these years, but your freedom."
— Sue Kedgley, via feministquotes
"Being touched by a stranger and told that I was beautiful didn’t make me feel more beautiful; it made me feel unimportant. It made me feel like what I wanted – to go from home to work with a quick stop at Starbucks on the way, without being harassed – didn’t matter. What mattered most was that this man had an opinion about me, so I had to hear it whether I wanted to or not. He wanted to touch me, so I was going to be touched, by a stranger, whether I wanted it or not."
— Chloe (via arbagalapa)
"man fucks woman:
subject, verb, object."
— Catharine MacKinnon
"Many men who harass women say their intent is to compliment them, but why do they usually not ‘compliment’ women who are accompanied by other men and often only do it when a woman is alone? Why do they tend to object to other men ‘complimenting’ their female significant other (if applicable), female friends, or female family members? Why do some men grow hostile and violent when women do not thank them and act flattered? Why do they feel compelled to compliment women at all? Rarely are they expecting a date. Many times they do not even wait to see a woman’s reaction as they fly by in their car or as they turn to start harassing the next woman. They are doing it to exert their power, to entertain their friends, to relieve boredom, or do demonstrate that they can evaluate a complete stranger to her face, just because she is a woman."
— Holly Kearl
"It’s awesome that a movement of women supposedly hating men is complete and irrefutable proof that [women are] wrong, but all the woman-hating men are Great Men and great artists and cool, admired role models, like rappers or rock stars or all of those philosophers who thought women were inferior. Imaginary man-hating is condemned and yet real woman-hating is celebrated. Why shouldn’t I hate men? Clearly they hate me and that impacts my life daily."
— Fictional Queen, viaI Blame the Patriarchy
"We live in a society that teaches men that women are an inevitability. Eventually a man will stumble upon a woman and with little effort he is automatically entitled to access to her body, mind, love, adorations, respect and affections."
"JW: I really think, well… […] let’s call it an ‘asymmetrical judgment’ between men and women. If Henry Miller writes ‘Tropic of Cancer’ and calls the hero ‘Henry Miller,’ he’s still allowed to say these are novels, and none of the guys question it. Because a man is allowed to be bigger. A woman isn’t. She can only possibly talk about herself.
BNR: Meanwhile, Anaïs Nin is just writing ‘journals.’
JW: Journals, right, journals! If I want to use myself as a fictional character, why can’t I? Over the years, it’s been one of the most frustrating things. If you call yourself ‘Jeanette’ in the novel, then it’s all about you. And I’m thinking, No. This is a person I’ve invented. Why shouldn’t I? That’s what I mean by an asymmetrical judgment because Paul Auster, Henry Miller, Milan Kundera, any of those writers who quote themselves directly, Philip Roth, for God’s sake! We all say, ‘That’s so great! That’s so interesting!’ But if you do that as a woman, it becomes confessional and autobiographical…"
— Jeanette Winterson with the Barnes and Noble review
"When your only female character exists to be battered and abused, that is lazy writing. When you raise the stakes by threatening a woman with rape, that is lazy writing. When you demonstrate the ‘seriousness’ of a situation by describing a brutal rape, that is lazy writing. When you inject emotion into a flagging scene by making the man throw the woman against the wall, that is lazy writing. Not only is it lazy writing, but when rape is used lightly and cheaply as a convenient narrative device, it hurts people."
— Monica Byrne
"The Conversation about women’s bodies exists largely outside of us, while it is also directed at (and marketed to) us, and used to define and control us. The Conversation about women happens everywhere, publicly and privately. We are described and detailed, our faces and bodies analyzed and picked apart, our worth ascertained and ascribed based on the reduction of personhood to simple physical objectification. Our voices, our personhood, our potential, and our accomplishments are regularly minimized and muted."
— Ashley Judd
"Proletarians say ‘We’; Negroes also. Regarding themselves as subjects, they transform the bourgeois, the whites, into ‘others’. But women do not say ‘We’, except at some congress of feminists or similar formal demonstration; men say ‘women’, and women use the same word in referring to themselves. They do not authentically assume a subjective attitude."
— Simone de Beauvoir
"Women’s bodies are valued as ornaments. Men’s bodies are valued as instruments."
— Gloria Steinem