There is bias and sexism everywhere, just like there are problems of racism and homophobia stemming from the whole notion that we're arranged in a hierarchy, that we're ranked rather than linked.
I hate when people say, Have fun at the press preview. Fun is talking to you.
You have no choice but to live in the present, if you're really being open to events and people as they come along.
I would put all the efforts to humanize the masculine and feminine gender roles that are the beginning of a false human hierarchy and normalize race, class and other systems of domination to come.
So whatever you want to do, just do it... Making a damn fool of yourself is absolutely essential.
It still may take some explaining, but many more women are keeping their birth names (and not calling them maiden names, with all the sexual double standards that implies).
As an activist, you do find yourself directed more toward public action. But I've always tried to use stories from my own life in my writing for instance. It has always been clear to me that the stories of each other's lives are our best textbooks. Every social justice movement that I know of has come out of people sitting in small groups, telling their life stories, and discovering that other people have shared similar experiences. So, if we've shared many experiences, then it probably has something to do with power or politics, and if we unify and act together, then we can make a change.
In the late '60s, people were saying we need power to, not power over. Power to do, accomplish, create, not power over other people.
I've only ever met one woman who actually was a prostitute of her own free will. She didn't have a pimp. She could pick and choose her customers. That's so rare.
I've only ever met one woman who actually was a prostitute of her own free will. She didn't have a pimp. She could pick and choose her customers. That's so rare. So we have to look at the reality and not romanticize it. We have to be clear that you have the right to sell your own body but nobody has the right to sell anybody else's body. No one has that right.
We have to stop arresting prostitutes and not arresting traffickers and pimps. It's absurd. We're arresting the victim or the survivor and not the oppressor.
The old languages -- at least the ones I know -- don't have gender. They don't have gendered pronouns. There's no he and she. A human being is a human being.
By the year 2000 we will, I hope, raise our children to believe in human potential, not God.
Women fear endangering men's approval so much, we don't even wait for them to say no. Or else we protect them, even if it means saying no to ourselves.
I would say don't worry about what you should do, do whatever you can. And seek companions with shared values.
Self-hatred leads to the need either to dominate or to be dominated.
We will live to see the day that St. Patrick's Cathedral is a child-care center and the pope is no longer a disgrace to the skirt that he has on.
You can travel without traveling, and you can not travel -- yet travel. Being on the road is a state of mind.
Nature doesn't move in a straight line, and as part of nature, neither do we.
The problem with Superwoman is that she has to do it all, inside the home and outside the home. If there is a man there doing half of it, that's a different world.
You can't do it all. No one can have two full-time jobs, have perfect children and cook three meals and be multi-orgasmic 'til dawn ... Superwoman is the adversary of the women's movement.
Superwoman is the adversary of the women's movement.
Writers are notorious for using any reason to keep from working: over-researching, retyping, going to meetings, waxing the floors -- anything.
Human beings are communal beings and we can't exist or prosper by ourselves. We need each other's support.
Violence against women is clearly not solved, not at all solved, and the reasons for it, which are controlling women's bodies in order to control reproduction, are definitely not solved.
Each individual woman's body demands to be accepted on its own terms.
The AIDS crisis has brought us a consciousness of the immune system as the most important health-maintenance element, and a consciousness of how it is under attack.
Our own lives feel so disordered and confusing, so it's amazing to me that the filmmakers caught the personal, emotional high points and low points of my life and not just the public aspects.
When pain has been intertwined with love and closeness, it's very difficult to believe that love and closeness can be experienced without pain.
I can't mate in captivity.
I am not now, and never have been, a girlfriend of Henry Kissinger.
Artists strive to free this true and spontaneous self in their work. Creativity, meditation are ways of freeing an inner voice.
Being married is like having somebody permanently in your corner. It feels limitless, not limited.
Marriage works best for men than women. The two happiest groups are married men and unmarried women.
It feels as if childhood sexual abuse or domestic abuse of women in the home has increased but actually if you ask women of 60 or 70 years old, the incidence is about the same. We just didn't know it.
It's not okay for a woman to be in control of her own body, her own reproductive system, much less of her life. There's opposition even to that. So passivity is rewarded as feminine.
What we have been raised to think of as inevitable -- division and hierarchy, monotheism and nation states -- actually accounts for less than 10 percent of human history.
A different world can be created or re-created-but not until we stop enshrining the economic values of invisible labor, infinite and obsessive growth, and a slow environmental suicide.
Most art in the world does not have a capital 'A,' but is a way of turning everyday objects into personal expressions.
I do think it's important that there are feminist publications that are not dependent or only marginally dependent on advertising.
Unequal access to money and media plus bias, external and internalized, and male-dominant religions and illegality at the polls -- all those are reasons for women's wildly unequal political power.
Oppression has no logic -- just a self-fulfilling prophecy, justified by a self-perpetuating system.
The ends and means are a seamless web.
If the men in the room would only think how they would feel graduating with a 'spinster of arts' degree they would see how important this is.
Looking at traditional marriages, it seems the surest way for a woman to be alone is to get married.