Hope is a very unruly emotion.
For women… bras, panties, bathing suits, and other stereotypical gear are visual reminders of a commercial, idealized feminine image that our real and diverse female bodies can’t possibly fit. Without these visual references, each individual woman’s body demands to be accepted on its own terms. We stop being comparatives. We begin to be unique.
Topics: Dress, Fashion
Someone once asked me why women don’t gamble as much as men do, and I gave the common-sensical reply that we don’t have as much money. That was a true but incomplete answer. In fact, women’s total instinct for gambling is satisfied by marriage.
Planning ahead is a measure of class. The rich and even the middle class plan for future generations, but the poor can plan ahead only a few weeks or days.
If the shoe doesn’t fit, must we change the foot?
Pornography is about dominance. Erotica is about mutuality.
The moment we find the reason behind an emotion … the wall is breached, and the positive memories it has kept from us return too. That’s why it pays to ask those painful questions. The answers can set you free.
I have met brave women who are exploring the outer edge of human possibility, with no history to guide them, and with a courage to make themselves vulnerable that I find moving beyond words.
We teach what we need to learn.
Self-esteem is the basis of any democracy
Self-esteem isn’t everything; it’s just that there’s nothing without it
The act of acting morally is behaving as if everything we do matters.
Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.
Men should think twice before making widow hood woman’s only path to power.
Any woman who chooses to behave like a full human being should be warned that the armies of the status quo will treat her as something of a dirty joke. That’s their natural and first weapon. She will need her sisterhood.
If women have young children, they are one man away from welfare.
It is more rewarding to watch money change the world than watch it accumulate.
A pedestal is as much a prison as any small space.
Happy or unhappy, families are all mysterious. We have only to imagine how differently we would be described – and will be, after our deaths—by each of the family members who believe they know us.
Topics: Unhappiness, Family
The future depends entirely on what each of us does every day.
I do not like to write – I like to have written.
Childbirth is more admirable than conquest, more amazing than self-defense, and as courageous as either one.
If women are supposed to be less rational and more emotional at the beginning of our menstrual cycle when the female hormone is at its lowest level, then why isn’t it logical to say that, in those few days, women behave the most like the way men behave all month long?
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- Gertrude Stein American Writer
- Jane Fonda American Actress
- Robin Morgan American Activist
- Betty Friedan American Feminist, Author
- Erica Jong American Novelist, Poet
- Letty Cottin Pogrebin American Writer
- Walter Lippmann American Journalist
- Rita Mae Brown American Writer, Feminist