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FEMINISM

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“Equality is not a concept. It's not something we should be striving for. It's a necessity. Equality is like gravity. We need it to stand on this earth as men and women, and the misogyny that is in every culture is not a true part of the human condition. It is life out of balance, and that imbalance is sucking something out of the soul of every man and woman who's confronted with it.
We need equality. Kinda now.”
― Joss Whedon
FEMINISM
“Sometimes, people call my way of speaking ranting. Why are you always ranting and screaming, they ask. But here’s the thing…the reason why I rant is because I am a voice for many women that cannot speak out to heads of state, UN officials, and those that influence systems of oppression. And so I rant. And I will not stop ranting until my mission of equality of all girls is achieved.”
- Leymah Gbowee
“You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.”
- Brigham Young
“When a man gives his opinion, he's a man. When a woman gives her opinion, she's a carp.”
- Bette Davis


“I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.”
- Jane Austen, Persuasion
“I'm tough, I'm ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a carp, okay.”
― Madonna
“A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.”
― 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 doormat or a prostitute.”
― Rebecca West
“Feminism is the radical notion that women are human beings.”
― Cheris Kramarae
“The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it. ”
― Roseanne Barr
“No woman gets happiness from shining the kitchen floor. ”
― Betty Friedan
“Men are from Earth, women are from Earth. Deal with it.”
― George Carlin

“Ideally, what should be said to every child, repeatedly, throughout his or her school life is something like this: 'You are in the process of being indoctrinated. We have not yet evolved a system of education that is not a system of indoctrination. We are sorry, but it is the best we can do. What you are being taught here is an amalgam of current prejudice and the choices of this particular culture. The slightest look at history will show how impermanent these must be. You are being taught by people who have been able to accommodate themselves to a regime of thought laid down by their predecessors. It is a self-perpetuating system. Those of you who are more robust and individual than others will be encouraged to leave and find ways of educating yourself — educating your own judgements. Those that stay must remember, always, and all the time, that they are being moulded and patterned to fit into the narrow and particular needs of this particular society.”
― Doris Lessing, The Golden Notebook
“I am too intelligent, too demanding, and too resourceful for anyone to be able to take charge of me entirely. No one knows me or loves me completely. I have only myself”
― Simone de Beauvoir
“If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.”
― Abigail Adams, The Letters of John and Abigail Adams
“A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men.”
― Gloria Steinem
“What’s the worst possible thing you can call a woman? Don’t hold back, now.


“He - and if there is a God, I am convinced he is a he, because no woman could or would ever mess things up this badly.”
― George Carlin

“Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.”
― Margaret Atwood
“There is a special place in hell for women who don't help other women."
― Madeleine Albright
“Responsibility to yourself means refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and naming for you...it means that you do not treat your body as a commodity with which to purchase superficial intimacy or economic security; for our bodies to be treated as objects, our minds are in mortal danger. It means insisting that those to whom you give your friendship and love are able to respect your mind. It means being able to say, with Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre: "I have an inward treasure born with me, which can keep me alive if all the extraneous delights should be withheld or offered only at a price I cannot afford to give.

Responsibility to yourself means that you don't fall for shallow and easy solutions--predigested books and ideas...marrying early as an escape from real decisions, getting pregnant as an evasion of already existing problems. It means that you refuse to sell your talents and aspirations short...and this, in turn, means resisting the forces in society which say that women should be nice, play safe, have low professional expectations, drown in love and forget about work, live through others, and stay in the places assigned to us. It means that we insist on a life of meaningful work, insist that work be as meaningful as love and friendship in our lives. It means, therefore, the courage to be "different"...The difference between a life lived actively, and a life of passive drifting and dispersal of energies, is an immense difference. Once we begin to feel committed to our lives, responsible to ourselves, we can never again be satisfied with the old, passive way.”
― Adrienne Rich
“As long as she thinks of a man, nobody objects to a woman thinking.”
― Virginia Woolf, Orlando
“She talks like you. It’s not every day you hear a four-year-old say Prince Charming
is a douchebag who’s only holding Cinderella back.”

"That’s my girl.”
― Emma Chase, Tangled
“To terrify children with the image of hell,
to consider women an inferior creation—is that good for the world?”
― Christopher Hitchens

“A woman knows very well that, though a wit
sends her his poems, praises her judgment, solicits her criticism, and drinks her tea, this by no means signifies that he respects her opinions, admires her understanding, or will refuse, though the rapier is denied him, to run through the body with his pen.”
― Virginia Woolf, Orlando

“It's not my responsibility to be beautiful. I'm not alive for that purpose.
My existence is not about how desirable you find me.”
― Warsan Shire

“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, A Room of One's Own
“He is a gentleman, and I am a gentleman's daughter. So far we are equal.”
― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

“Wherever you find a great man, you will find a great mother or a great wife standing behind him -- or so they used to say.
It would be interesting to know how many great women have had great fathers and husbands behind them.”
― Dorothy L. Sayers, Gaudy Night
“Men should think twice before making widowhood women's only path to power.”
― Gloria Steinem
“One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it.
But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying.”
― Jeanne d'Arc
“We need to reclaim the word 'feminism'.
We need the word 'feminism' back real bad. When statistics come in saying that only 29% of American women would describe themselves 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? 'Vogue' by Madonna? Jeans? Did all that good stuff GET ON YOUR NERVES? Or were you just DRUNK AT THE TIME OF THE SURVEY?”
― Caitlin Moran, How to Be a Woman
“It is easier to live through someone else than to complete yourself.
The freedom to lead and plan your own life is frightening if you have never faced it before. It is frightening when a woman finally realizes that there is no answer to the question 'who am I' except the voice inside herself.”
― Betty Friedan
“It is in vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquillity:
they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it. Millions are condemned to a stiller doom than mine, and millions are in silent revolt against their lot. Nobody knows how many rebellions besides political rebellions ferment in the masses of life which people earth. Women are supposed to be very calm generally: but women feel just as men feel; they need exercise for their faculties, and a field for their efforts, as much as their brothers do; they suffer from too rigid a restraint, to absolute a stagnation, precisely as men would suffer; and it is narrow-minded in their more privileged fellow-creatures to say that they ought to confine themselves to making puddings and knitting stockings, to playing on the piano and embroidering bags. It is thoughtless to condemn them, or laugh at them, if they seek to do more or learn more than custom has pronounced necessary for their sex.”
― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
“My own sex, I hope, will excuse me, if I treat them like rational creatures, instead of flattering their fascinating graces, and viewing them as if they were in a state of perpetual childhood, unable to stand alone.”
― Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
“No woman can call herself free who does not control her own body.”
― Margaret Sanger
“I am a Woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal Woman,
that's me.”
― Maya Angelou
“Women make up one half of society. Our society will remain backward and in chains unless its women are liberated, enlightened and educated.”
― Saddam Hussein, The Revolution and Woman in Iraq
“The history of men's opposition to women's emancipation is more interesting
perhaps than the story of that emancipation itself.”
― Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own
“Women may be the one group that grows more radical with age.”
― Gloria Steinem
“I think being a woman is like being Irish... Everyone says you're important and nice,
but you take second place all the time.”
― Iris Murdoch
“I was going to die, sooner or later, whether or not I had even spoken myself. My silences had not protected me.
Your silences will not protect you.... What are the words you do not yet have? What are the tyrannies you swallow day by day and attempt to make your own, until you will sicken and die of them, still in silence? We have been socialized to respect fear more than our own need for language."

I began to ask each time: "What's the worst that could happen to me if I tell this truth?" Unlike women in other countries, our breaking silence is unlikely to have us jailed, "disappeared" or run off the road at night. Our speaking out will irritate some people, get us called bitchy or hypersensitive and disrupt some dinner parties. And then our speaking out will permit other women to speak, until laws are changed and lives are saved and the world is altered forever.

Next time, ask: What's the worst that will happen? Then push yourself a little further than you dare. Once you start to speak, people will yell at you. They will interrupt you, put you down and suggest it's personal. And the world won't end.

And the speaking will get easier and easier. And you will find you have fallen in love with your own vision, which you may never have realized you had. And you will lose some friends and lovers, and realize you don't miss them. And new ones will find you and cherish you. 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
“I do not think I ever opened a book in my life which had not something to say upon woman's inconstancy
. Songs and proverbs, all talk of woman's fickleness. But perhaps you will say, these were all written by men."

"Perhaps I shall. Yes, yes, if you please, no reference to examples in books. Men have had every advantage of us in telling their own story. Education has been theirs in so much higher a degree; the pen has been in their hands. I will not allow books to prove anything.”
― Jane Austen, Persuasion
“Woman's degradation is in mans idea of his sexual rights.
Our religion, laws, customs, are all founded on the belief that woman was made for man.”
― Elizabeth Cady Stanton
“A girl’s got to use what she’s given and
I’m not going to make a guy drool the way a Britney video does.
So I take it to extremes. I don’t say I dress attractively on stage - what I do is so extreme.
It’s meant to make guys think: ‘I don’t know if this is attractive or just weird.”
― Lady Gaga

“Women who love themselves are threatening; but men who love real women, more so.”
― Naomi Wolf, The Beauty Myth
“Margaret Atwood, the Canadian novelist, once asked a group of women at a university why they felt threatened by men.
The women said they were afraid of being beaten, raped, or killed by men. She then asked a group of men why they felt threatened by women. They said they were afraid women would laugh at them.”
― Molly Ivins, Molly Ivins Can't Say That, Can She?
“Do you really believe ... that everything historians tell us about men – or about women – is actually true? You ought to consider the fact that these histories have been written by men, who never tell the truth except by accident.”
― Moderata Fonte, The Worth of Women: Wherein Is Clearly Revealed Their Nobility and Their Superiority to Men
“Each suburban wife struggles with it alone.
As she made the beds, shopped for groceries, matched slipcover material, ate peanut butter sandwiches with her children, chauffeured Cub Scouts and Brownies, lay beside her husband at night- she was afraid to ask even of herself the silent question-- 'Is this all?”
― Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique
“I'm not a concept. Too many guys think I'm a concept or I complete them or I'm going to make them alive, but I'm just a messed up girl who is looking for my own peace of mind. Don't assign me yours.”
― Charlie Kaufman, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: The Shooting Script
“Well, I have lost you; and I lost you fairly;
In my own way, and with my full consent.
Say what you will, kings in a tumbrel rarely
Went to their deaths more proud than this one went.

Some nights of apprehension and hot weeping
I will confess; but that's permitted me;
Day dried my eyes; I was not one for keeping
Rubbed in a cage a wing that would be free.

If I had loved you less or played you slyly
I might have held you for a summer more,
But at the cost of words I value highly,
And no such summer as the one before.

Should I outlive this anguish, and men do,
I shall have only good to say of you.”
― Edna St. Vincent Millay

“In every generation there is a chosen one.
She alone will stand against the vampires the demons and the forces of darkness.
She is the slayer.”
― Joss Whedon
“Taught from their 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, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
“Felicity ignores us. She walks out to them,
an apparition in white and blue velvet, her head held high as they stare in awe at her, the goddess. I don't know yet what power feels like. But this is surely what it looks like, and I think I'm beginning to understand why those ancient women had to hide in caves. Why our parents and suitors want us to behave properly and predictably. It's not that they want to protect us; it's that they fear us.”
― Libba Bray, A Great and Terrible Beauty

“Most men fear getting laughed at or humiliated by a romantic prospect while most women fear rape and death.”
― Gavin de Becker, The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence
“Feminism has never been about getting a job for one woman.
It's about making life more fair for women everywhere. It's not about a piece of the existing pie; there are too many of us for that. It's about baking a new pie.”
― Gloria Steinem
“The desirable virgin is attractive but not attracted. She's young, white, and skinny. She's a cheerleader, a babysitter; she's accessible and eager to please (remember those ethics of passivity!). She's never a woman of color. She's never a low-income girl or a fat girl. She's never disabled. "Virgin" is a designation for those who meet a certain standard of what women, especially young women, are supposed to look like. As for how these young women are supposed to act? A blank slate is best.”
― Jessica Valenti, The Purity Myth: How America's Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women
“Men are visually aroused by women's bodies and less sensitive to their arousal by women's personalities
because they are trained early into that response, while women are less visually aroused and more emotionally aroused because that is their training. This asymmetry in sexual education maintains men's power in the myth: They look at women's bodies, evaluate, move on; their own bodies are not looked at, evaluated, and taken or passed over. But there is no "rock called gender" responsible for that; it can change so that real mutuality--an equal gaze, equal vulnerability, equal desire--brings heterosexual men and women together.”
― Naomi Wolf, The Beauty Myth
“For I conclude that the enemy is not lipstick, but guilt itself;
that we deserve lipstick, if we want it, AND free speech; we deserve to be attractive AND serious--or whatever we please; we are entitled to wear cowboy boots to our own revolution.”
― Naomi Wolf
“It's about women. It's about power and it's about women and you just hate those two words in the same sentence, don't you?”
― Joss Whedon, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Long Way Home
“The official line is that, after the war, women couldn't wait to leave the offices and assembly lines and government agencies. But the real story was that the economy couldn't have men coming home without women going home, not unless it wanted a lot of unemployed vets. So the problem became unemployed women. "How you gonna keep us down on the farm after we've seen the world,"' she ad-libs to the old World War I tune. 'Enter the women's magazines, and cookbook publishers, and all these advertising agencies carrying on about the scourge of germs in the toilet bowl, and scuffs on the kitchen floor, and, my favorite, house B.O. Enter chicken hash that takes two and a half hours to prepare. I can just hear them sitting around the conference tables. 'That'll keep the gals out of trouble.”
― Ellen Feldman, Next to Love
“It's awful bad luck to bring a woman aboard the ship."
"It's awful worse luck not to.”
― Johnny Depp

“When, as happened recently in France, an attempt is made to coerce women out of the burqa rather than creating a situation in which a woman can choose what she wishes to do, it’s not about liberating her, but about unclothing her. It becomes an act of humiliation and cultural imperialism. It’s not about the burqa. It’s about the coercion. Coercing a woman out of a burqa is as bad as coercing her into one. Viewing gender in this way, shorn of social, political and economic context, makes it an issue of identity, a battle of props and costumes. It is what allowed the US government to use western feminist groups as moral cover when it invaded Afghanistan in 2001. Afghan women were (and are) in terrible trouble under the Taliban. But dropping daisy-cutters on them was not going to solve their problems.”
― Arundhati Roy
“Men make the moral code and they expect women to accept it. They have decided that it is entirely right and proper for men to fight for their liberties and their rights, but that it is not right and proper for women to fight for theirs.”
― Emmeline Pankhurst, My Own Story

“Even if you are a woman who achieves the ultimate and becomes like a man, you will still always be like a woman. And as long as womanhood is thought of as something to escape from, something less than manhood, you will be thought less of, too.”
― Ariel Levy

“When I look closely at dairy, I see the hurtful exploitation of specifically female bodies so that some people can enjoy sensual pleasures of consumption while others enjoy the psychological pleasure of collecting profits from the exertions of somebody else's body. Cows are forcibly impregnated, dispossessed of their children, and then painfully robbed of the milk produced by their bodies for those children. No wonder I didn't want to see my complicity! Most women don't consciously perceive the everyday violence against girls and women that permeates and structures our society. How much harder it is, then, to see the gendered violence against nonhuman animals behind the everyday items on the grocery store shelf. When we, as women, partake of that violence, we participate in sexism even as we enjoy the illusory benefits of speciesism. No wonder a glimpse of the sexist violence behind my breakfast cereal left me dizzy.”
― Pattrice Jones
“If Jesus himself, or Mohammed, or Buddha spoke to me personally and said that women are inferior to men,
I would still reject that as false dogma because I know with every ounce of my being that this is not true.”
― Alice Bag
“It's difficult to see the glass ceiling because it's made of glass. Virtually invisible. What we need is for more birds to fly above it and poop all over it, so we can see it properly.”
― Caitlin Moran, How to Be a Woman
“Like most guys, I had bought into the stereotype that all feminists were white, lesbian, unattractive male bashers who hated all men. But after reading the work of these black feminists, I realized that this was far from the truth. After digging into their work, I came to really respect the intelligence, courage and honesty of these women.

Feminists did not hate men. In fact, they loved men. But just as my father had silenced my mother during their arguments to avoid hearing her gripes, men silenced feminists by belittling them in order to dodge hearing the truth about who we are.”
― Byron Hurt
"I AM NOT A FEMINIST" Internet Phenomenon
"My response to the "I am not a feminist" internet phenomenon....

First of all, it's clear you don't know what feminism is. But I'm not going to explain it to you. You can google it. To quote an old friend, "I'm not the feminist babysitter."

But here is what I think you should know.

You're Insulting every woman who was forcibly restrained in a jail cell with a feeding tube down her throat for your right to vote, less than 100 years ago.

You're degrading every woman who has accessed a rape crisis center, which wouldn't exist without the feminist movement.

You're undermining every woman who fought to make marital rape a crime (it was legal until 1993).

You're spitting on the legacy of every woman who fought for women to be allowed to own property (1848). For the abolition of slavery and the rise of the labor union. For the right to divorce. For women to be allowed to have access to birth control (Comstock laws). For middle and upper class women to be allowed to work outside the home (poor women have always worked outside the home). To make domestic violence a crine in the US (It is very much legal in many parts of the world). To make workplace sexual harassment a crime.

In short, you know not what you speak of. You reap the rewards of these women's sacrifices everyday of your life. When you grin with your cutsey sign about how you're not a feminist, you ignorantly spit on the sacred struggle of the past 200 years. You bite the hand that has fed you freedom, safety, and a voice.

-Libby Anne (via coachk13)
Humanism
Feminism
COMMON MISTAKE
37% see Feminism as a negative term.
26% see it as a positive term.

29% as neutral
.

NEGATIVES
58% of Republicans.
40% of Independents.
20% of Democrats.
Men 42:32 Women

Even most women said 32:29 negative to positive.
ACTIVITY
Gender Roles
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
TEDx Euston
'We should all be Feminists'
1890
Beyoncé's Feminist Interlude
Words by: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
30 minutes

Music by: Beyoncé
CREDITS
Video/Audio
www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwjabocMYco
www.youtube.com/watch?v=hg3umXU_qWc
Images
images.google.com
www.debate.org/opinions/do-women-and-men-have-equal-rights
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rape_culture
www.feminist.org/welcome/our_work.html
www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/10/feminism-not-humanism-youtube_n_6132414.html
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sgg06a7mHZ4
Sources
Quotes
www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/feminism
CREDITS
www.huffingtonpost.com/politics/
www.macollegedems.org/fword
onlyagame.wbur.org/2014/10/11/dutee-chand-banned-iaaf
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who_Needs_Feminism
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First-wave_feminism
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feminism
Sources
"I don't need feminism because I don't choose to ignore the fact men have issues too!"
"I don't need feminism seeing
how I'm an ambitious, hard working,
confident person living in 21st - century america. Why fight for rights I already have?"
"I don't need feminism because...
Fem
doesn't mean
equality
The pay gap is womens choice,
not
sexism
The patriarchy doesn't exist
Most victims of street violence are men
I'm responsible for my own actions
There is no rape culture
Okay, now, what are the worst things you can call a guy?
Notice anything? The worst thing you can call a girl is a girl. The worst thing you can call a guy is a girl. Being a woman is the ultimate insult. Now tell me that’s not royally messed up.”
― Jessica Valenti, Full Frontal Feminism
Et Cetera
Same with men?
End
June 18, 1873
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