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By Anonym 14 Sep

Kate Millett

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

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

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Kate Millett

We are women. We are a subject people who have inherited an alien culture.

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 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

Ah, but depression - that is what we all hate. We the afflicted. Whereas the relatives and shrinks, the tribal ring, they rather welcome it: you are quiet and you suffer.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Kate Millett

Perhaps patriarchy's greatest psychological weapon is simply its universality and longevity. ... Patriarchy has a still more tenacious or powerful hold through its successful habit of passing itself off as nature.

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.

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 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

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 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 14 Sep

Kate Millett

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Kate Millett

Everybody believes in psychiatry it's supposed to be for our own good. Let psychiatry prove that anybody has an illness, and I'd concede, but there is no physical proof.

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 care of children ..is infinitely better left to the best trained practitioners of both sexes who have chosen it as a vocation...[This] would further undermine family structure while contributing to the freedom of women.

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 15 Sep

Kate Millett

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

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 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

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 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 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

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 14 Sep

Kate Millett

Monogamy and prostitution go together.

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

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 14 Sep

Kate Millett

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

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 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 13 Sep

Kate Millett

Hostility is expressed in a number of ways. One is laughter.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Kate Millett

Prostitution is really the only crime in the penal law where two people are doing a thing mutually agreed upon and yet only one, the female partner, is subject to arrest.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Kate Millett

It may be that a second wave of the sexual revolution might at last accomplish its aim of freeing half the race from its immemorial subordination--and in the process bring us all a great deal closer to humanity. It may be that we shall even be able to retire sex from the harsh realities of politics, but not until we have created a world we can bear out of the desert we inhabit.

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 15 Sep

Kate Millett

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

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 13 Sep

Kate Millett

I'm slammed with an identity that can no longer say a word; mute with responsibility.

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 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 13 Sep

Kate Millett

Isn't privacy about keeping taboos in their place

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

To be a rebel is not to be a revolutionary. It is more often by a way of spinning one's wheels deeper in sand.

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

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 14 Sep

Kate Millett

The complete destruction of traditional marriage and the nuclear family is the 'revolutionary or utopian' goal of feminism.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Kate Millett

To love is simply to allow another to be, live, grow, expand, become. An appreciation that demands and expects nothing in return.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Kate Millett

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Kate Millett

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Kate Millett

Politics is repetition. It is not change. Change is something beyond what we call politics. Change is the essence politics is supposed to be the means to bring into being.