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" A gender-equal society would be one where the word 'gender' does not exist: where everyone can be themselves. "
" There are six million female lives lost in the world every year simply because they are female. "
" Women are more than smart enough to see that McCain's policies are a disaster... He is anti- every reproductive issue we've ever fought for. "
" A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle. "
" If women have young children, they are one man away from welfare. "
" Childbirth is more admirable than conquest, more amazing than self-defense, and as courageous as either one. "
" Obviously there is no such thing as race, and in many ways, sex is a continuum, not a binary. So it doesn't make sense to label people in that way. "
" Monotheism makes me grouchy. I don't trust any religion that makes God look like one of the ruling class. I guess I'm a pagan or an animist. "
" The only thing I can't stand is discomfort. "
The Only Thing
" It's an incredible con job when you think about it, to believe something now in exchange for something after death. Even corporations with their reward systems don't try to make it posthumous. "
" The question of whether one has one's own political power or goes to work for someone else is not only a feminist question. "
" There's been the same kind of demonizing of the word 'feminism' as words like 'liberal,' 'affirmative action,' and so on. "
" The origins of violence against women by men are not biological. If that were the case, it would exist in every culture. And it doesn't exist in every culture. "
" I'm not saying that women leaders would eliminate violence. We are not more moral than men; we are only uncorrupted by power so far. When we do acquire power, we might turn out to have an equal impulse toward aggression. "
" The electoral system is not where change starts - it usually starts in communities and from the bottom up - but it is where change can be stopped. "
" When I'm talking to groups that are all men, we talk about how the masculine role limits them. They often want to talk about how they missed having real fathers, real loving, present fathers, because of the way that they tried to fit the picture of masculinity. "
" I didn't go to school a full year until I was 11 or 12, so I lived in books. I really was an observer of life. "
" As long as working women also have to do the work of child and family care at home, they will have two jobs instead of one. Perhaps more important, children will grow up thinking that only women can be loving and nurturing, and men cannot. "
" Hope is a very unruly emotion. "
" In the suffragist and abolitionist era, there were a lot of white women and some black men and women who argued for the old hierarchy and against universal adult suffrage - often on religious grounds. "
" I remember someone once asked Jack Kennedy why he was paying such close attention to the renovation of the square across from the White House, and he said, 'It may be the only thing my presidency is remembered for.' "
" Everything about aging in my experience so far has been a plus. Except the death part! "
" Diane Keaton is good for women in and of herself. She's smart and funny and real. "
" Republicans may learn they can't appeal to right-wing patriarchs and most women at the same time. "
" 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. "
" Burnout is a way of telling you that your form of activism was perhaps not very full circle. "
" A majority of Americans want redemption for racism - for our terrible, destructive racist past - and so see a vote for Obama as redemptive. "
" Women don't want to exchange places with men. Male chauvinists, science-fiction writers and comedians may favor that idea for its shock value, but psychologists say it is a fantasy based on ruling-class ego and guilt. "
" You can compel fear. You can even make someone feel they're in love if they're isolated and dependent for long enough. But laughter is free. "
" You know there is a person inside every baby, right? And anybody who has ever met a baby knows there is already a person in there. "
" This country can no longer afford to choose our leaders from a talent pool limited by sex, race, money, powerful fathers and paper degrees. It's time to take equal pride in breaking all the barriers. "