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Some women think they need to be overpowering in order to be powerful. This is so far from the truth. What is so great about being a women is how powerful we are quite naturally.

ROBI LUDWIG, interview, The Romance Files, February 16, 2011


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Women are raised to be "Type A's"; they are perfectionists who make all their roles priorities. And then we further stress ourselves by overscheduling and refusing to drop old roles simply because we've picked up new ones. If you work outside the house, you still come home and are in charge of dinner and the children and the social life and the laundry.... Typically, a woman won't rest until the whole world can see that she is exhausted, until everyone else gives her permission to stop. What a woman has to do is give herself that permission.

GEORGIA WITKIN-LANOIL, The Courier, September 16, 1984


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Women have traditionally been either put on pedestals or damned as the source of all sexual temptation and sin. These are two sides of the same coin, since both place women in a nonhuman role. Playboy has opposed these warped sexual values and, in so doing, helped women step down from their pedestals and enjoy their natural sexuality as much as men.

HUGH HEFNER, Playboy, January 1974


The only way to win a wench is not to woo her; the only way to have her fast is to have her loose.

THOMAS DEKKER, Blurt, Master Constable


We felt the imprisonment of being a girl, the way it made your mind active and dreamy, and how you ended up knowing which colors went together. We knew that the girls were our twins, that we all existed in space like animals with identical skins, and that they knew everything about us though we couldn't fathom them at all. We knew, finally, that the girls were really women in disguise, that they understood love and even death, and that our job was merely to create the noise that seemed to fascinate them.

JEFFREY EUGENIDES, The Virgin Suicides


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Those philosophers who believe in the absolute logic of truth have never had to discuss it on close terms with a woman.

CESARE PAVESE, This Business of Living, February 19, 1937


All pretty girls are a trap, a pretty trap, and men expect them to be.



When women take off their corsets and heighten their skirts it always means high inflation and low morals.

JAMES LAVER, attributed, Sûrya India, vol. 12


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Oh, what strange wonderful clocks women are. They nest in Time. They make the flesh that holds fast and binds eternity. They live inside the gift, know power, accept, and need not mention it. Why speak of time when you are Time, and shape the universal moments, as they pass, into warmth and action?

RAY BRADBURY, Something Wicked This Way Comes


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A woman well bred and well taught, furnished with the additional accomplishments of knowledge and behaviour, is a creature without comparison. Her society is the emblem of sublimer enjoyments, her person is angelic, and her conversation heavenly. She is all softness and sweetness, peace, love, wit, and delight. She is every way suitable to the sublimest wish, and the man that has such a one to his portion, has nothing to do but to rejoice in her, and be thankful.

DANIEL DEFOE, The Education of Women


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Certainly, it is more reasonable to devote one's life to women than to postage stamps or old snuff-boxes, even to pictures or statues. But the example of other collections should be a warning to us to diversify, to have not one woman only but several.

MARCEL PROUST, The Guermantes Way


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A woman who can threaten your life before breakfast is the only sort of woman worth having.



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The fickleness of the women I love is only equaled by the infernal constancy of the women who love me.



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Women have served all these centuries as looking-glasses possessing the magic and delicious power of reflecting the figure of man at twice its natural size.

VIRGINIA WOOLF, A Room of One's Own


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I am certain I have not a right feeling towards women -- at this moment I am striving to be just to them, but I cannot. Is it because they fall so far beneath my boyish imagination? When I was a schoolboy I thought a fair woman a pure Goddess; my mind was a soft nest in which some one of them slept, though she knew it not.

JOHN KEATS, letter to Benjamin Bailey, July 18, 1818


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Another writer asserts that the tyranny of man over woman has its roots, after all, in his nobler feelings; his love, his chivalry, and his desire to protect woman in the barbarous periods of pillage, lust, and war. But wherever the roots may be traced, the results at this hour are equally disastrous to woman. Her best interests and happiness do not seem to have been consulted in the arrangements made for her protection. She has been bought and sold, caressed and crucified at the will and pleasure of her master.

SUSAN B. ANTHONY, introduction, History of Woman Suffrage


When we assume women to be more adept at managing emotional communication, we are responding to the fact that women are granted permission to publicly express a somewhat wider range of emotions. But women have long been relegated to the greeting-card school of emotional expression. Love or condolences with a nice filigree. Nothing threatening. Nothing dark. You won't find a Hallmark card for despair or rage. You won't find a Hallmark card for panic or insecurity.

MARK GREENE, "Women Are Better At Expressing Emotions, Right? Why It's Not That Simple", Yes Magazine, January 27, 2016


Women are not waiting around for lovers, they're living their lives. And believe it or not, having the morning to yourself is very zen.

KAITLYN WILDE, "Comic Artist Depicts Single Women They Way They Really Are -- Quite Content, Thank You Very Much", Bustle, February 9, 2016


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Women men want to sleep with always win when men are making the decisions.

RITA RUDNER, Tickled Pink: A Comic Novel


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When [Mike] Pence says he will not eat alone with a woman who is not his wife, he is perpetuating the patriarchal notion that women are either Mary, Jesus' pure virgin Mother, or Eve, a temptress, a liability. It perhaps is no coincidence that Pence reportedly refers to his Mary -- wife Karen Pence -- as "Mother." For Pence and many evangelical men, all women who are not Marys are Eves, placed peripherally in their lives as temptations to resist. Every Eve is one alone-meeting away from destroying a godly man. In order to protect their honor and reputation, these men cut us off completely. This reduces all women to a monolithic sexual identity. To men like Pence, we are not complex, complete, sacred vessels full of intellect and divinity and grit. We are not fully formed spiritual beings; we are not fully formed citizens. We are exclusively sexual creatures. This mistrust of women is pumped through the veins of the Christian church and, apparently, the executive branch of the United States of America.

GLENNON DOYLE MELTON, "Mike Pence's Marriage Rule Holds Women Back", Time, April 3, 2017