Germaine Greer: Capture

“I got him’ is nonsense in terms of love relationships, and so is ‘I lost him’. If we could stop thinking in terms of capture, we would not have to fear the loosening of the captives’ bonds and our failing beauty, and he would not have ulcers about being outstripped or belittled.”
― Germaine Greer, The Female Eunuch.

Germaine Greer: Hoops of steel

“Every wife who slaves to keep herself pretty, to cook her husband’s favourite meals, to build up his pride and confidence in himself at the expense of his sense of reality, to be his closest and effectively his only friend, to encourage him to reject the consensus of opinion and find reassurance only in her arms is binding her mate to her with hoops of steel that will strangle them both.”
― Germaine Greer, The Female Eunuch.

Germaine Greer: Love object

“The love object occupies the thoughts of the person diagnosed as ‘in love’ all the time despite the probability that very little is actually known about it. To it are ascribed all qualities considered by the obsessed as good, regardless of whether the object in question possesses those qualities in any degree. Expectations are set up which no human being could fulfill. Thus the object chosen plays a special role in relation to the go of the obsessed, who decided that he or she is the right or the only person for him. In the case of a male this notion may sanction a degree of directly aggressive behavior either in pursuing the object or driving off competition.”
Germaine Greer, The Female Eunuch.

Germaine Greer: Woman

“Maybe I couldn’t make it. Maybe I don’t have a pretty smile, good teeth, nice tits, long legs, a cheeky arse, a sexy voice. Maybe I don’t know how to handle men and increase my market value, so that the rewards due to the feminine will accrue to me. Then again, maybe I’m sick of the masquerade. I’m sick of pretending eternal youth. I’m sick of belying my own intelligence, my own will, my own sex. I’m sick of peering at the world through false eyelashes, so everything I see is mixed with a shadow of bought hairs; I’m sick of weighting my head with a dead mane, unable to move my neck freely, terrified of rain, of wind, of dancing too vigorously in case I sweat into my lacquered curls. I’m sick of the Powder Room. I’m sick of pretending that some fatuous male’s self-important pronouncements are the objects of my undivided attention, I’m sick of going to films and plays when someone else wants to, and sick of having no opinions of my own about either. I’m sick of being a transvestite. I refuse to be a female impersonator. I am a woman, not a castrate.”
― Germaine Greer, The Female Eunuch.

Betty Friedan: Men, not the enemy

There Is No Enemy

There Is No Enemy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Betty Friedan, American feminist and writer.

Betty Friedan, American feminist and writer. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

“Men are not the enemy, but the fellow victims. The real enemy is women’s denigration of themselves. ”
Betty Friedan

 

 

 

 

Ani Difranco: Feminist or misogynist

Ani DiFranco (album)

Ani DiFranco (album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Ani DiFranco

Ani DiFranco (Photo credit: Erik R. Bishoff)

 

Ani DiFranco

 

Either you are a feminist or you are a sexist/misogynist. There is not box marked ‘other’.

Ani Difranco

 

 

Gloria Steinem: Planning and dreaming

“Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning”

~Gloria Steinem, from Chicken Soup for the Soul: Power Moms