#FeministQuotes, twitter style

// 19 May 2011

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quotes.jpg Earlier today, from The F Word twitter account, I asked for people’s favourite feminist quotes, and this evening I retweeted them between 7 and 8pm. This was a great way to crowdsource inspiring words, so I am reproducing some of them here. Feel free to add your own favourite feminist quote in the comments.

@catherineelms: “Either you are a feminist or a sexist/misogynist. There is no box marked ‘other’.” – Ani Difranco” and “I think, therefore I’m single.” – Lizz Winstead

@BookElfLeeds: “At the end, there are always the damn dishes” -Marilyn French and “feminism encourages women to leave their husbands kill their children practice witchcraft and become lesbians”

@MsEmmaB: “Well behaved women rarely make history”

@hanajackson: “Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but backwards and in high heels.” ~Faith Whittlesey

@londonfeminist: “You don’t have to be anti-man to be pro-woman” – Jane Galvin Lewis and, “Feminism is the radical belief that women are people”, and “roaming round its gilt cage, only seeks to adorn its prison”. – Mary Wollstonecraft

@RuthRosselson: “I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat”, Rebecca West

@JenJenRobot: “Women are all female impersonators to some degree.” ~ Susan Brownmiller

@CartoonsManD: “The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it.” ~ Roseanne Barr

@LeedsPostcards: “I’ll be a post-feminist in post-patriarchy”

@bolli_bolshevik: Emma Goldman (variations differ) “If I can’t dance, it’s not my revolution!”

@msnaughty: “The answer to bad porn isn’t no porn. It’s to make better porn.” – Annie Sprinkle

@lizy_jayne: “the first problem for all if us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn” – Gloria Steinem

@Charlottebarnes: “I’m just a person trapped inside a woman’s body” Elaine Boosler

@ElodieITV: “What a woman was criticized for doing yesterday she is ridiculed for not doing today.” Edith Wharton

You can see more here and here.

[The image is a square photograph of two bright red quotation marks, against a background which is part black, and part beige vertical stripes. I adapted the image from the original, The “Library”, by Quinn Dombrowski. It was licensed under a Creative Commons Licence]

Comments From You

Saranga // Posted 19 May 2011 at 8:55 pm

I love all these quotes :)

Saranga // Posted 19 May 2011 at 8:57 pm

Oh, I’ve just I can tweet direct from this post – I am LOVING your new website!

Kendra // Posted 20 May 2011 at 12:11 am

“Visionary feminism is a wise and loving politics. It is rooted in the love of male and female being, refusing to privilege one over the other. The soul of feminist politics is the commitment to ending patriarchal domination of women and men, girls and boys. Love cannot exist in any relationship that is based on domination and coercion. Males cannot love themselves in patriarchal culture if their very self-definition relies on submission to patriarchal rules. When men embrace feminist thinking and preactice, which emphasizes the value of mutual growth and self-actualization in all relationships, their emotional well-being will be enhanced. A genuine feminist politics always brings us from bondage to freedom, from lovelessness to loving.” bell hooks

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