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By Anonym 16 Sep

Kate Millett

Girl next to me at the baggage counter said she wrote her way to liberation. How did you handle first person narrative, I asked her. And said she knew the hole of depression, had been there. But I am out now, I escaped, I told her. 'You will fall into it again,' she said. Already I was sliding.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Kate Millett

My sister said, You're making it hard for all us housewives in Nebraska.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Kate Millett

People have a right to their own lives, and if you can't help somebody, you ought to get out of their way.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Kate Millett

Mystical state, madness, how it frightens people. How utterly crazy they become, remote, rude, peculiar, cruel, taunting, farouche as wild beasts who have smelled danger, the unthinkable.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Kate Millett

What is the natural reaction when told you have a hopeless mental illness? That diagnosis does you in; that, and the humiliation of being there. I mean, the indignity you're subjected to. My God.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Kate Millett

In those days, when you got boxed, that was it. A lot of old people were there because somebody wanted the farm. It was about property. People are treated like property.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Kate Millett

When one group rules another, the relationship between the two is political. When such an arrangement is carried out over a long period of time it develops an ideology (feudalism, racism, etc.). All historical civilizations are patriarchies: their ideology is male supremacy.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Kate Millett

A revolution is not the overturning of a cart, a reshuffling in the cards of state. It is a process, a swelling, a new growth in the race. If it is real, not simply a trauma, it is another ring in the tree of history, layer upon layer of invisible tissue composing the evidence of a circle.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Kate Millett

Homosexuality was invented by a straight world dealing with its own bisexuality.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Kate Millett

This is how psychiatry has functioned-as a kind of property arm of the government, who can put you away if your husband doesn't like you.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Kate Millett

Homosexuality was invented by a straight world dealing with its own bisexuality. But finding this difficult, and preferring not toadmit it, it invented a pariah state, a leper colony for the incorrigible whose very existence, when tolerated openly, was admonition to all. We queers keep everyone straight as whores keep matrons virtuous.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Kate Millett

The great mass of women throughout history have been confined to the cultural level of animal life in providing the male with sexual outlet and exercising the animal functions of reproduction and care of the young.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Kate Millett

What is the future of the woman's movement How in the hell do I know I don't run it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Kate Millett

However muted its present appearance may be, sexual dominion obtains nevertheless as perhaps the most pervasive ideology of our culture and provides its most fundamental concept of power

By Anonym 14 Sep

Kate Millett

Mother had committed me for life. This is where I felt betrayed the most.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Kate Millett

The lesbian is the archtypical feminist, because she's not into men - she's the independent woman par excellence.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Kate Millett

Monogamy and prostitution go together.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Kate Millett

Given the conditions under which you're a young person in this society, many things would be at least as important to you as your sexuality.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Kate Millett

Isn't privacy about keeping taboos in their place

By Anonym 15 Sep

Kate Millett

The whole bloody system is sick: the very notion of leadership, a balloon with a face painted upon it, elected and inflated by media's diabolic need to reduce ideas to personalities.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Kate Millett

[Madness] is the jail we could all end up in. And we know it. And watch our step. For a lifetime. We behave. A fantastic and entire system of social control, by the threat of example as effective over the general population as detention centers in dictatorships, the image of the madhouse floats through every mind for the course of its lifetime.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Kate Millett

I was supposed to be women's lib, and now I'd exceeded it and gone over into international politics.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Kate Millett

The enormous social change involved in a sexual revolution is basically a matter of altered consciousness, the exposure and elimination of social and psychological realities underlying political and cultural structures. We are speaking, then, of a cultural revolution, which, while it must necessarily involve the political and economic reorganization traditionally implied by the term revolution, must go far beyond this as well.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Kate Millett

In sex one wants or does not want. And the grief, the sorrow of life is that one cannot make or coerce or persuade the wanting, cannot command it, cannot request it by mail order or finagle it through bureaucratic channels.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Kate Millett

With the first act of cruelty committed in the name of revolution, with the first murder, with the first purge and execution, we have lost the revolution.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Kate Millett

In many patriarchies, language, as well as cultural tradition, reserve the human condition for the male. With the Indo-European languages this is a nearly inescapable habit of mind, for despite all the customary pretense that 'man' and 'humanity' are terms which apply equally to both sexes, the fact is hardly obscured that in practice, general application favors the male far more often than the female as referent, or even sole referent, for such designations.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Kate Millett

The rationale which accompanies that imposition of male authority euphemistically referred to as 'the battle of the sexes' bears a certain resemblance to the formulas of nations at war, where any heinousness is justified on the grounds that the enemy is either an inferior [part of the] species or really not human at all.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Kate Millett

They are more beautiful than anything in the world, kinetic sculptures, perfect form in motion.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Kate Millett

You may well ask how I expect to assert my privacy by resorting to the outrageous publicity of being one's actual self on paper. There's a possibility of it working if one chooses the terms, to wit: outshouting image-gimmick America through a quietly desperate search for self.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Kate Millett

For it is precisely because certain groups have no representation in a number of recognized political structures that their position tends to be so stable, their oppression so continuous.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Kate Millett

How crazy craziness makes everyone, how irrationally afraid. The madness hidden in each of us, called to, identified, aroused like a lust. And against that the jaw sets. The more I fear my own insanity the more I must punish yours.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Kate Millett

I believe there's a killer in all of us. I know there's one inside me. When you know the killer in you and you know also that you do not want to kill, you have to set yourself upon a course of learning. Not to kill that killer then, but to control it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Kate Millett

The concept of romantic love affords a means of emotional manipulation which the male is free to exploit, since love is the only circumstance in which the female is (ideologically) pardoned for sexual activity.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Kate Millett

There are moments in friendship, Fred had said, when the thing spreads beyond the ordinary margins, when something is said that carries you beyond the little guidemarks of restraint or indifference, like watercolours merging on a page, a moment when you survey a relationship from som transcendent point and see its beauty, the beauty of persons, of friendship itself.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Kate Millett

Men and women were declared equal one morning and everybody could divorce each other by postcard

By Anonym 14 Sep

Kate Millett

Perhaps nothing is so depressing an index of the inhumanity of the male-supremacist mentality as the fact that the more genial human traits are assigned to the underclass: affection, response to sympathy, kindness, cheerfulness.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Kate Millett

They weren't crazy. They were tired of being locked up. Even I could see that.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Kate Millett

one of the blessings of adulthood is that one is no longer addressed as a thing.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Kate Millett

During depression the world disappears. Language itself. One has nothing to say. Nothing. No small talk, no anecdotes. Nothing can be risked on the board of talk. Because the inner voice is so urgent in its own discourse: How shall I live? How shall I manage the future? Why should I go on?

By Anonym 19 Sep

Kate Millett

...we touched each other's center, perfectly, just the fingertip upon the clitoris moving more and more slowly, our eyes steady on each other and the delicate pressure fine and more fine until all motion stopped in one still point remembered always, a vision. And then I did not know her pleasure from mine, my body from hers. We fell into and became each other. Then we slipped over the edge, entered and made love.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Kate Millett

Intercourse is an assertion of mastery, one that announces his own higher caste and proves it upon a victim who is expected to surrender, serve, and be satisfied.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Kate Millett

Let us stop being afraid. Of our own thoughts, our own minds. Of madness, our own or others'. Stop being afraid of the mind itself, its astonishing functions and fandangos, its complications and simplifications, the wonderful operation of its machinery--more wonderful because it is not machinery at all or predictable.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Kate Millett

I saw hell. The hospital had divided and conquered pretty successfully.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Kate Millett

Life is a publicity stunt. A shill. You've been had.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Kate Millett

As women, we're probably more protective of children. Also, we've been minors all of our history

By Anonym 16 Sep

Kate Millett

It is necessary to realize that the most sacrosanct article of sexual politics in the period, the Victorian doctrine of chivalrous protection and its familiar protestations of respect, rests upon the tacit assumption, a cleverly expeditious bit of humbug, that all women were "ladies"—namely members of that fraction of the upper classes and bourgeoisie which treated women to expressions of elaborate concern, while permitting them no legal or personal freedom. The psycho-political tacit here is a pretense that the indolence and luxury of the upper-class woman’s role in what Veblen called “vicarious consumption” was the happy lot of all women. The efficacy of this maneuver depends on dividing women by class and persuading the privileged that they live in an indulgence they scarcely deserve... To succeed, both the sexual revolution and the Woman's Movement which led it would have to unmask chivalry and expose its courtesies as subtle manipulation.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Kate Millett

Patriarchy, reformed or unreformed, is patriarchy still: its worst abuses purged or foresworn, it might actually be more stable and secure than before.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Kate Millett

...the old pillars of an old decadent structure, are also built on the sexual fallacy. (Or as one is tempted to pun, phallacy.)

By Anonym 13 Sep

Kate Millett

Coitus can scarcely be said to take place in a vacuum; although of itself it appears a biological and physical activity, it is set so deeply within the larger context of human affairs that it serves as a charged microcosm of the variety of attitudes and values to which culture subscribes. Among other things, it may serve as a model of sexual politics on an individual or personal plane.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Kate Millett

A sexual revolution begins with the emancipation of women, who are the chief victims of patriarchy, and also with the ending of homosexual oppression.