05 5 / 2012

Barbara Smith, “Racism and Women’s Studies”, All the Women are White, all the Blacks are Men, But Some of Us Are Brave, p. 49.

Barbara Smith, “Racism and Women’s Studies”, All the Women are White, all the Blacks are Men, But Some of Us Are Brave, p. 49.

05 5 / 2012

Barbara Smith, “Racism and Women’s Studies”, All the Women are White, all the Blacks are Men, But Some of Us Are Brave

Barbara Smith, “Racism and Women’s Studies”, All the Women are White, all the Blacks are Men, But Some of Us Are Brave

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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04 5 / 2012

We find ourselves having to repeat and relearn the same old lessons that our mothers did, because we do not pass on what we have learned, or because we are unable to listen. For instance, how many times has all this been said before? For another, who would have believed that once again our daughters are allowing their bodies to be hampered and put in purgatory by girdles and high heels and hobble skirts?

‘holistic politics: our difference is our strength.’ audre lorde, 1984.

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04 5 / 2012

Sonia Johnson in Lesbian Ethics: Toward New Value, Sarah Lucia Hoagland. 1988.
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Sonia Johnson in Lesbian Ethics: Toward New Value, Sarah Lucia Hoagland. 1988.

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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

30 4 / 2012

"The fact is that consciousness, once experienced, cannot be denied."

Andrea Dworkin

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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

"You know that most women are hurt in their homes. You know most women are murdered in their homes. A political movement, as I understand it, exists to change the way social reality is organized. And that means that we need to understand everything about the way this system works. And that means that every woman who has had experience with sexual violence of any kind has not just pain, and not just hurt, but has knowledge. Knowledge of male supremacy. Knowledge of what it is. Knowledge of what it feels like. And can begin to think strategically about how to stop it. We are living under a reign of terror. Now what I want to say is that I want us to stop accepting that that’s normal. And the only way that we can stop accepting that that’s normal is if we refuse to have amnesia everyday of our lives. If we remember what we know about the world we live in. And we get up in the morning, determined that we are going to do something about it."

Andrea Dworkin, Terror, 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

30 4 / 2012

"It’s not that I don’t get mad at women for their complicity, but it’s not the same level of being mad. I can get so angry at tokenized women—women who sell their sisters out. It happens all the time on a more sophisticated level, but I always have to remind myself to go to the source."