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Men always want to be a woman’s first love. That is their clumsy vanity. We women have a more subtle instinct about things. What we like is to be a man’s last romance.
A Woman of No Importance by Oscar Wilde

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Society has a problem with female nudity when it is not … ”—Badu pauses to get her words together; she wants this point to be very clear—“… when it is not packaged for the consumption of male entertainment. Then it becomes confusing.
Erykah Badu: June/July Cover Story [Pg 1] | VIBE
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Most of us, in our daily lives, do not think about rape at all. Women, however, do. When I ask women what they do in their daily lives because of the threat of sexual violence, they offer a long list of actions and thought processes – everything from paying attention to where they park their cars to having a man’s voice on their answering machine to holding their keys as a weapon when walking across a parking lot. Every action of women within a rape culture is tainted by that culture. Going to get their mail, driving to work, going out with friends – none of these actions is “free.” One way of thinking about this is to realize that regardless of the statistics about how many women experience a rape or attempted rape within their lifetime, 100% of women experience the threat of rape within a rape culture. This means that all women’s lives are impacted.
― Pornography, Lad Mags, Video Games and Boys:Reviving the Canary in the Cultural Coalmine - Matthew B. Ezzell

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Taught from infancy that beauty is woman’s sceptre, the mind shapes itself to the body, and roaming round its gilt cage, only seeks to adorn its prison.

Mary Wollstonecraft

i find this quote incredibly powerful in understanding the role of women in their own oppression.

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"At a fairly innocuous level, men form clubs; it is an enduring anomaly of the feminist movement that women have chained themselves to the railings outside men’s clubs as a protest against being denied admission, rather than setting up clubs of their own…

Women’s sports teams don’t entice tipsy waiters into motel rooms and subject them to hours of drunken sexual abuse. For male teams, versions of this form of bonding through shared transgression have always been par for the course.”

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