05 5 / 2012

Bell Hooks, We Real Cool, p. 117.

Bell Hooks, We Real Cool, p. 117.

04 5 / 2012

“i agree, me and my ‘brother’ both been screwed by the system, but when he starts screwin’ me he is the system and when white liberals start telling me to ‘take it but don’t shake it’ they’re the system too.”

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01 5 / 2012

"Heterosexuality has been forcibly and subliminally imposed on women. Yet everywhere women have resisted it, often at the cost of physical torture, imprisonment, psychosurgery, social ostracism, and extreme poverty."

Adrienne Rich, Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence. 1980.

01 5 / 2012

"Without (hetero)sexual abuse, (hetero)sexual harassment and the (hetero)sexualization of every aspect of female bodies and behaviors, there would not be patriarchy, and whatever other forms or materialization of oppression might exist, they would not have the shapes, boundaries and dynamics of the racism, nationalism, and so on that we are now familiar with."

Marilyn Frye, Willful Virgins: Essays In Feminism, 1976-1992 – Willful Virgins or Do You Have to Be a Lesbian to Be a Feminist?, Crossing Press, 1992

01 5 / 2012

"A vital part of making generalized male dominance as close to inevitable as a human construction can be is the naturalization of female heterosexuality. Men have been creating ideologies and political practices which naturalize female heterosexuality continuously in every culture since the dawns of the patriarchies."

Marilyn Frye, Willful Virgins: Essays In Feminism, 1976-1992 – Willful Virgins or Do You Have to Be a Lesbian to Be a Feminist?, Crossing Press, 1992

01 5 / 2012

"Female heterosexuality is not a biological drive or an individual woman’s erotic attraction or attachment to another human animal which happens to be male. Female heterosexuality is a set of social institutions and practices defined and regulated by patriarchal mores, values, and law."

Marilyn Frye, Willful Virgins: Essays In Feminism, 1976-1992 – Willful Virgins or Do You Have to Be a Lesbian to Be a Feminist?, Crossing Press, 1992

01 5 / 2012

"Being a Lesbian means ending identification with, allegiance to, dependence on, and support of heterosexuality. It means ending your personal stake in the male world so that you join women, individually and collectively, in the struggle to end your oppression. Lesbianism is the key to liberation and only women who cut their ties to male privilege can be trusted to remain serious in the struggle against male dominance. Those who remain tied to men, individually or in political theory, cannot always put women first. It is not that heterosexual women are evil or do not care about women. It is because the very essence, definition, and nature of heterosexuality is men first. Every woman has experienced that desolation when her sister puts her man first in the final crunch: heterosexuality demands that she do so. As long as women still benefit from heterosexuality, receive its privileges and security, they will at some point have to betray their sisters, especially Lesbian sisters who do not receive those benefits."

Charlotte BunchLesbians in Revolt

30 4 / 2012

"Life can be better for women — economic and political conditions improved — and at the same time the status of women can remain resistant, indeed impervious, to change: so far in history this is precisely the paradigm for social change as it relates to the condition of women. Reforms are made, important ones; but the status of women relative to men does not change. Women are still less significant, have less privacy, less integrity, less self-determination. This means that women have less freedom. Freedom is not an abstraction, nor is a little of it enough. A little more of it is not enough either. Having less, being less, impoverished in freedom and rights, women then inevitably have less self-respect: less self-respect than men have and less self-respect than any human being needs to live a brave and honest life."

Andrea Dworkin, Intercourse, Chapter 7 “Occupation/Collaboration”, 1987.

30 4 / 2012

"I’m here to say that the war against women is a real war. It’s real. There’s nothing abstract about it. It’s not ideological, although it includes ideology. And people fight on the ground of ideas, yes. But this is a war in which his fist is in your face. And that’s real. And that’s true. And freedom means that that doesn’t happen. You see, we walk around saying it didn’t happen today or it hasn’t happened yet. Or I’ve been lucky for the last three months. Or, oh I found a good one now. Nice one, he won’t hurt me too much. He may insult me a lot, but he won’t hurt me. And maybe it’s true and maybe it isn’t. But we have to find out how to stop men from hurting women, at all. Under any circumstances."

Andrea DworkinTerror, Torture, and Resistance

30 4 / 2012

"Everything that didn’t happen to you — I apply this to myself as part of the way that I survive — everything that didn’t happen to you is a little slack in your leash. You weren’t raped when you were three, or you weren’t raped when you were 10. Or you weren’t battered, or you weren’t in prostitution, whatever it is that you managed to miss is the measure of your freedom. And the measure of your strength. And what you owe to other women. I’m not asking you to be martyrs. I’m not asking you to give up your lives. I’m asking you to live your lives, honorably and with dignity. I’m asking you to fight. I’m asking you to do things for women that women do all the time in political struggle for men. Right? Women put our bodies on the line in political struggles in which both sexes are involved. But we do not do it for women. I’m not asking you to get caught. I’m asking you to escape. I’m asking you to run for your life. If you need to run through a brick wall, run through it. If you get some bruises on your arms, it’s better than having him give the bruises to you because you were standing still. None of us has the right to stand still."

Andrea DworkinTerror, Torture, and Resistance

30 4 / 2012

"The only way we can come out of hiding, break through our paralyzing defenses, is to know the full extent of sexual violence and domination of women. It is knowledge from which we have pulled back, as well as knowledge that has been witheld from us. In knowing, in facing directly, we can learn how to chart our course out of this oppression, by envisioning and creating a world which will preclude female sexual slavery. In knowing the extent of our oppression we will have to discover some of the ways to begin immediately breaking the deadly cycle of fear, denial-through-hiding, and slavery."

Kathleen Barry, Female Sexual Slavery, 1979.

30 4 / 2012

"The fact is that men need women more than women need men; and so, aware of this fact, man has sought to keep woman dependent upon him economically as the only method open to him of making himself necessary to her. Since in the beginning woman would not become his willing slave, he has wrought through the centuries a society in which woman must serve him if she is to survive."

The First SexElizabeth Gould Davis. 1971.

28 4 / 2012

"My interest with regards to this post is on queer identity, why taking T has become popular and mainstream within queer culture, how the gender queer ideal has perpetuated the mainstreaming of T consumption and why this is problematic on a number of levels, including making women and lesbians invisible and the impact of body modification substances and surgery. Aside from the physical harm caused by body modification substances and surgery, the transitioning of women causes serious harm to our identities as women and as lesbians, invisibilises and erases our experiences and undermines our ability to organise collectively against male supremacy.

As women, we are socially conditioned to be perpetually concerned with our bodies and our image and constantly bombarded with messages about how we can change our image and our bodies to fit male constructed ideals. There are a range of body modifying substances and surgeries presented to women to apparently make us look hotter, cooler, thinner and younger.

Most of these body modification measures in the mainstream heterosexual world have been sold to women to enhance patriarchal femininity, that is men have defined what women should look like to suit their needs and keep women subordinate.”

Amazon Mancrusher

Queering Women Invisible | Radfem Hub

28 4 / 2012

"Feminists who want to dismantle gender, because they see it as a product of male dominance, do not “trans” gender, they simply get over it. Transgenders are so attached to the notion of gender, albeit to a different one in which they were brought up, that they spend huge amounts of time, energy and money to acquire the gender of their choice. Transgender politics are fundamentally conservative, dedicated to retaining the behaviours of the dominant and subordinate classes of male supremacy - masculinity and femininity."

Beauty And Misogyny: Harmful Cultural Practices in the West, Sheila Jeffreys, 2005, pp. 48-49 (via gaynotqueer)