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Has Feminism Created More & Worse Problems

Between the Sexes than it has Solved?

Serious feminists of every generation have advocated financial self-sufficiency as a prerequisite for independence, personal fulfillment and socialization of womankind.

Miriam Schneir

Any consideration of equality focusing on employment and income statistics misses the real sources of equilibrium between the sexes.

George F. Gilder

True emancipation of women is not possible except through communism.


Women’s liberation, if it abolishes the patriarchal family, will abolish a necessary substructure of the authoritarian state, and once that withers away Marx will have come true willy-nilly, so let’s get on with it.

Germaine Greer

The sum of the matter is that unless Woman repudiates her Womanliness, her duty to her husband, to her children, to society, to the law, and to everyone but herself, she cannot emancipate herself.

George Bernard Shaw

The Queen is most anxious to enlist everyone who can speak or write to join in checking this mad, wicked folly of ‘Woman’s Rights’ with all its attendant horrors on which her poor, feeble sex is bent, forgetting every sense of womanly feeling and propriety.

Queen Victoria

Their radicalism was right down to the bone: with no equivocation they [19th century feminists] knew the heart of the matter was marriage and the family and woman’s fixed and central role in those institutions.

Woman in Sexist Society Intro

The opponents of female suffrage lamented that woman’s emancipation would mean the end of marriage, morality and the state... When we reap the harvest which the unwitting suffragettes sowed we shall see that the anti-feminists were after all right.

Germaine Greer

The sins of the authoritarian family will be visited on all of us by leaders with the need to control and destroy. Feminism creates democratic families, and they in turn create leaders with healthy self-esteem, and the only new paradigm for the state.

Gloria Steinem

Feminism is going off towards the Rousseauist or Wordsworthian view, ‘We’re born good and sex is this wonderful thing over here and agression is something over there that’s nasty. Therefore anything like rape and battery are coming from “The Patriarchy.”’ It’s absurd! Sexuality is a dark power that feminism is being totally simplistic about.

Camille Paglia Interview

Since men will pretend to adopt any known doctrine in order to get on a woman’s good side long enough to get her between the sheets, recent years have seen the growth in numbers of that pathetic hypocrite, the male feminist. Yet, in the long term, male feminism has also failed: No woman really wants a spineless dink around for very long, no matter how sensitive he is.

Norman Snider (book review)

Thoughts about Feminism

A woman, especially, if she have the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can.

Jane Austen

I do not think women understand how repelled a man feels when he sees a woman wholly absorbed in what she is thinking, unless it is her child, or her husband, or her lover.

Rebecca West

Birth control is the means by which woman attains basic freedom.

Margaret Sanger

Voluntary motherhood implies a new morality—a vigorous, constructive, liberated morality. That morality will prevent the submergence of womanhood into motherhood.

Margaret Sanger

Feminism is being utterly reactionary and puritanical. ‘No always means NO!’ Nonsense!

Camille Paglia Interview

Sexual relations are basically a comedy, not a tragedy. I think it’s absolutely deplorable to give young women the sense that their heritage is nothing but victimization.

Camille Paglia Interview

Feminism means living up to your full potential.

Naomi Wolf

Feminists advance the preposterous idea that we are all just individual ‘human beings,’ only secondarily identified by sex or family. It is a myth, and once accepted makes them unable to comprehend what is important in motivating men and women.

George F. Gilder

Girls and boys would play harmlessly together, if the distinction of sex was not inculcated long before nature makes any difference.

Mary Wollstonecraft

The ‘normal’ sex roles that we learn to play from our infancy are no more natural than the antics of a transvestite.

Germaine Greer

How are women to advance in a man’s world and not become like men?

Betty Friedan

Raising baby humans and being a home-maker is intrinsically very creative. The problem is that it’s economically dependent and it’s not valued by society. [There is also] the likelihood of being replaced by a younger worker. And there’s not even a pension.

Gloria Steinem Interview

I was never duped by sex as a basis for permanent relations, nor dreamt of marriage in connection with it.

George Bernard Shaw

The marriage bargain offers what cannot be delivered if it is thought to offer emotional security, for such security is the achievement of the individual.

Germaine Greer

Many women do not recognize themselves as discriminated against. No better proof could be found of the totality of their conditioning.

Kate Millett

Taught from infancy that beauty is woman’ssceptre, the mind shapes itself to the body, and roaming round its gilt cage, only seeks to adorn its prison.

Mary Wollstonecraft

The institution of marriage makes a parasite of woman, an absolute dependent. It incapacitates her for life’s struggle, annihilates her social consciousness, paralyzes her imagination, and then imposes its gracious protection.

Emma Goldman

Men have as exaggerated an idea of their rights as women have of their wrongs.

Ed Howe

A man is in general better pleased when he has a good dinner upon his table, than when his wife talks Greek.

Samuel Johnson

All men are rapists and that’s all they are. They rape us with their eyes, their laws, their codes.

Marilyn French

One hell of an outlay for a very small return with most of them.

Glenda Jackson

Political equality for women is not going to remedy the radical disjunction between the sexes that begins and ends in the body. The sexes will always be jolted by violent shocks of attraction and repulsion.

Camille Paglia

Sexism, like any other cultural characteristic, lives through institutions—those that blindly perpetuate it and those that depend upon it for their very life. And the greatest of these is marriage.

Woman in Sexist Society Intro

That women are ‘other,’ meaning different from men, is one of the great maxims of the feminists... But men must not say so, for with men the notion of difference implies a value judgement: women are not like us, therefore they must be inferior to us.

Anthony Burgess

The attributes of masculinity and femininity are cultural fabrications, rooted in a caste system in which one sex serves the other.

Jill Johnston

If we are to insist on the contingency of feminine characteristics as the product of conditioning, we will have to argue that the masculine-feminine polarity is actual enough, but not necessary.

Germaine Greer

An explosion of research over the last ten years has convinced scientists that dissimilar brain layout biases men and women to differing abilities and skills.

Brain Sex

The male sex still constitute in many ways the most obstinate vested interest one can find.

Society considers the sex experiences of a man as attributes of his general development, while similar experiences in the life of a woman are looked upon as a terrible calamity.

Emma Goldman

The relation between husband and wife is very like that between lord and vassal, except that the wife is held to more unlimited obedience than the vassal was.

John Stuart Mill

Any philosophy about the sexes that begins with anything but the mutual attraction of the sexes, begins with a fallacy.

G. K. Chesterton

Women exist in the main solely for the propagation of the species.


A man of sense only trifles with them [women], humours and flatters them, as he does with a sprightly and forward child; but he neither consults them about, nor trusts them with, serious matters.

Lord Chesterfield

Women get more unhappy the more they try to liberate themselves.

Brigitte Bardot

Women must recognize in the cheap ideology of being in love the essential persuasion to take an irrational and self-destructive step.

Germaine Greer

When a women’s desire for a home, family, and loving mate is satisfied, she is far happier than the man who is similarly blessed. Men tend more toward restlessness and dissatisfaction.

David Fink Psychiatrist

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