However sugarcoated and ambiguous, every form of authoritarianism must start with a belief in some groupís greater right to power, whether that right is justified by sex, race, class, religion or all four. However far it may expand, the progression inevitably rests on unequal power and airtight roles within the family.
The authority of any governing institution must stop at its citizenís skin.
I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine marriage and a career.
Childbirth is more admirable than conquest, more amazing than self-defense, and as courageous as either one.
For women . . . bras, panties, bathing suits, and other stereotypical gear are visual reminders of a commercial, idealized feminine image that our real and diverse female bodies canít possibly fit. Without these visual references, each individual womanís body demands to be accepted on its own terms. We stop being comparatives. We begin to be unique.
Pornography is about dominance. Erotica is about mutuality.
The family is the basic cell of government: it is where we are trained to believe that we are human beings or that we are chattel, it is where we are trained to see the sex and race divisions and become callous to injustice even if it is done to ourselves, to accept as biological a full system of authoritarian government.
Happy or unhappy, families are all mysterious. We have only to imagine how differently we would be described -- and will be, after our deaths -- by each of the family members who believe they know us.
Someone once asked me why women donít gamble as much as men do, and I gave the common-sensical reply that we donít have as much money. That was a true but incomplete answer. In fact, womenís total instinct for gambling is satisfied by marriage.
Planning ahead is a measure of class. The rich and even the middle class plan for future generations, but the poor can plan ahead only a few weeks or days.
Power can be taken, but not given. The process of the taking is empowerment in itself.
No man can call himself liberal, or radical, or even a conservative advocate of fair play, if his work depends in any way on the unpaid or underpaid labor of women at home, or in the office.
Some of us are becoming the men we wanted to marry.
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