I once asked a young dissertation writer whether her suddenly grayed hair was due to ill health or personal tragedy; she answered: “It was the footnotes”.

— Joanna Russ

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There are plenty of images of women in science fiction. There are hardly any women.

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Minority art, vernacular art, is marginal art. Only on the margins does growth occur.

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Long before I became a feminist in any explicit way, I had turned from writing love stories about women in which women were losers, and adventure stories about men in which the men were winners, to writing adventure stories about a woman in which the woman won. It was one of the hardest things I ever did in my life.

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I think we ought to decide that man-hating is not only respectable but honorable. To be a misandrist a woman needs considerable ingenuity, originality, and resilience. A misogynist requires no such resources.

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I didn’t and don’t want to be a ‘feminine’ version or a diluted version or a special version or a subsidiary version or an ancillary version, or an adapted version of the heroes I admire. I want to be the heroes themselves.

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When the memory of one's predecessors is buried, the assumption persists that there were none and each generation of women believes itself to be faced with the burden of doing everything for the first time. And if no one ever did it beforewhy do we think we can succeed now?

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As my mother once said: The boys throw stones at the frog in jest. But the frogs die in earnest.

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To act in a way both sexist and racist, to maintain one's class privilege, it is only necessary to act in the customary, ordinary, usual, even polite manner.

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How withered away one can be from a life of unremitting toil.

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....thinking you are attacking society when you condemn or ravage the hypothetical Nice Girl Next Door is the exact equivalent of thinking that stealing from the local supermarket makes you a Communist.

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When one culture has the big guns and the other has none, there is a certain predictablity about the outcome.

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Ignorance is not bad faith. But persistence in ignorance is.

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About Joanna Russ

Quotes 28 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Writer
Birthday October 16

There are more whooping cranes in the United States of America than there are women in Congress.

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[T]here is one and only one way to possess that in which we are defective, therefore that which we need, therefore that which we want. Become it.

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Privileged groups, like everyone else, want to think well of themselves and to believe that they are acting generously and justly.

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... chastity is not given once and for all like a wedding ring that is put on never to be taken off, but is a garden which each day must be weeded, watered, and trimmed anew, or soon there will be only brambles and wilderness.

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Real artists, it seems to me, are those who don't repeat themselves.

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Art is collective. Always, it has a tradition behind it.

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Faith is not contrary to the usual ideas, something that turns out to be right or wrong, like a gambler's bet.

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You can't imbibe someone's success by f*cking them.

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The demon got up. The demon said Fool. To think you can eat their food and not talk to them. To think you can take their money and not be afraid of them. To think you can depend on their company and not suffer from them.

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The trouble with men is that they have limited minds. That's the trouble with women, too.

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Sit a man on his ass with nothing to do but eat and the first thing that goes is his mind. It never fails.

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To die on a dying Earth - I'd live, if only to weep

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And middle-class women, although taught to value established forms, are in the same position as the working class: neither can use established forms to express what the forms were never intended to express (and may very well operate to conceal).

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I'm not a girl. I'm a genius.

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Science fiction, as I mentioned before, writes about what is neither impossible nor possible; the fact is that, when the question of possibility comes up in science fiction, the author can only reply that nobody knows. We haven't been there yet. We haven't discovered that yet. Science fiction hasn't happened.

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