Selma James
Quotations


We have needed to define ourselves by reclaiming the words that define us. They have used language as weapons. When we open ourselves to what they say and how they say it, our narrow prejudices evaporate and we are nourished and armed.

Revolutions are notorious for allowing even non-participants -- even women! -- new scope for telling the truth since they are themselves such massive moments of truth, moments of such massive participation.

It is not womenís fault if we are so tender. It is in the nature of the lives we live. And further, it would be a terrible catastrophe if men had to live menís lives and womenís also. Which is precisely what has happened today -- to women.



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