quotes on patriarchy / feminism

“…it was a protest against some infringement of his power to believe in himself. Women have served all these centuries as looking glasses possessing the magic and delicious power of reflecting the figure of man at twice its natural size” – Virginia Woolf

 “Death? Why this fuss about death? Use your imagination, try to visualize a world without death! Death is the essential condition of life, not an evil.” – Charlotte Perkins Gilman

“Visionary feminism is a wise and loving politics. It is rooted in the love of male and female being, refusing to privilege one over the other. The soul of feminist politics is the commitment to ending patriarchal domination of women and men, girls and boys. Love cannot exist in any relationship that is based on domination and coercion. Males cannot love themselves in patriarchal culture if their very self-definition relies on submission to patriarchal rules. When men embrace feminist thinking and preactice, which emphasizes the value of mutual growth and self-actualization in all relationships, their emotional well-being will be enhanced. A genuine feminist politics always brings us from bondage to freedom, from lovelessness to loving.”  – Bell Hooks

“The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men.”  – Alice Walker

“Dominance functions best in a culture of disconnections and fragmentation. Feminism recognizes connections. Imagine” – Carol J. Adams

 

 

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