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By Anonym 14 Sep

Shulamith Firestone

The bar is the male kingdom. For centuries it was the bastion of male privilege, the gathering place for men away from their women, a place where men could go to freely indulge in The Bull Session.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Shulamith Firestone

But in psychoanalysis there are no unimportant thoughts; there are only thoughts that pretend to be unimportant in order to not be told.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Shulamith Firestone

In my own case, I had to train myself out of that phony smile, which is like a nervous tic on every teenage girl. And this meant that I smiled rarely, for in truth, when it came down to real smiling, I had less to smile about. My 'dream' action for the women's liberation movement: a smile boycott, at which declaration all women would instantly abandon their 'pleasing' smiles, henceforth smiling only when something pleased them.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Shulamith Firestone

We should keep in mind that Revolutions anywhere are always glad to use any help they can get, even from women. But unless women also use the Revolution to further their own interests as well as everyone else's, unless they make it consistently clear that all help given now is expected to be returned, both now and after the Revolution, they will be sold out again and again.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Shulamith Firestone

The 'natural' is not necessarily a 'human' value. Humanity has begun to transcend nature: we can no longer justify the maintenance of a discriminatory sex class system on grounds of its origins in nature. Indeed, for pragmatic reasons alone it is beginning to look as if we must get rid of it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Shulamith Firestone

Feminism, when it truly achieves its goals, will crack through the most basic structures of our society.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Shulamith Firestone

Emancipated' women found out that the honesty, generosity, and camaraderie of men was a lie.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Shulamith Firestone

the myth of childhood happiness flourishes so wildly not because it satisfies the needs of children but because it satisfies the needs of adults. In a culture of alienated people, the belief that everyone has at least one good period in life free of care and drudgery dies hard. And obviously you can't expect it in your old age. So it must be you've already had it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Shulamith Firestone

Feminists have to question, not just all of Western culture, but the organization of culture itself, and further, even the very organization of nature. Many women give up in despair: if that's how deep it goes they don't want to know.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Shulamith Firestone

Thus her whole identity hangs in the balance of her love life. She is allowed to love herself only if a man finds her worthy of love.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Shulamith Firestone

No matter how many levels of consciousness one reaches, the problem always goes deeper.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Shulamith Firestone

The personal is political.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Shulamith Firestone

the 'natural' is not necessarily a 'human' value.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Shulamith Firestone

The separation of sex from emotion is at the very foundations of Western culture and civilization.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Shulamith Firestone

Power, however it has evolved, whatever its origins, will not be given up without a struggle.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Shulamith Firestone

All men are selfish, brutal and inconsiderate--and I wish I could find one.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Shulamith Firestone

If women are differentiated only by superficial physical attributes, men appear more individual and irreplaceable than they really are.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Shulamith Firestone

Men are thinking, writing, and creating, because women were pouring their energy into those men; women are not creating culture because they are occupied with love.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Shulamith Firestone

In the radical feminist view, the new feminism is not just the revival of a serious political movement for social equality. It is the second wave of the most important revolution in history. Its aim: the overthrow of the oldest, most rigid class/caste system in existence, the class system based on sex - a system consolidated over thousands of years, lending the archetypal male and female roles and undeserved legitimacy and seeming permanence.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Shulamith Firestone

Women were the slave class that maintained the species in order to free the other half for the business of the world.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Shulamith Firestone

The classic trap for any revolutionary is always, 'What's your alternative?

By Anonym 14 Sep

Shulamith Firestone

(Male) culture was (and is) parasitical, feeding on the emotional strength of women without reciprocity.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Shulamith Firestone

[U]nless oppressed groups stick together, and on alliances of self interest rather than do-goodism; nothing can be accomplished in the long run to dismantle the apparatus of oppression.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Shulamith Firestone

...the end goal of feminist revolution must be...not just the elimination of male privilage but of the sex distinction itself: genital differences between human beings would no longer matter culturally.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Shulamith Firestone

The best way to raise a child is to LAY OFF!

By Anonym 14 Sep

Shulamith Firestone

...love is essentially a much simpler phenomenon--it becomes complicated, corrupted or obstructed by an unequal balance of power.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Shulamith Firestone

Romanticism is a cultural tool of male power to keep women from knowing their conditions.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Shulamith Firestone

a revolutionary in every bedroom cannot fail to shake up the status quo. And if it is your wife that is revolting, you can't just split to the suburbs. Feminism, when it truly achieves it's goals, will crack through the most basic structures of our society.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Shulamith Firestone

The classic trap for any revolutionary is always, “What's your alternative?” But even if you could provide the interrogator with a blueprint, this does not mean he would use it: in most cases he is not sincere in wanting to know. In fact this is a common offensive, a technique to reflect revolutionary anger and turn it against itself. Moreover, the oppressed have no job to convince all people. All they need know is that the present system is destroying them.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Shulamith Firestone

...he will go to his grave feeling cheated, never realizing that there isn't much difference between one woman and the other, that it is the loving that creates the difference.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Shulamith Firestone

It is only after we have integrated the dark side of the moon into our world view that we can begin to talk seriously of universal culture.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Shulamith Firestone

Just as the end goal of socialist revolution was not only the elimination of the economic class privilege but of the economic class distinction itself, so the end goal of feminist revolution must be, ... not just the elimination of the male privilege, but of the sex distinction itself; genital differences between human beings would no longer matter culturally.