Knowledge is power. Information is power. The secreting or hoarding of knowledge or information may be an act of tyranny camouflaged as humility.— Robin Morgan
The most special Robin Morgan quotes that will transform you to a better person
My white skin disgusts me. My passport disgusts me. They are the marks of an insufferable privilege bought at the price of others' agony. If I could peel myself inside out I would be glad. If I could become part of the oppressed I would be free.
Only she who attempts the absurd can achieve the impossible.
Clarity of language is the first casualty of authoritarianism.
Sisterhood is powerful.
In the long run, Women's Liberation will of course free men-but in the short run it's going to COST men a lot of privilege, which no one gives up willingly or easily.
We can't destroy the inequities between men and women until we destroy marriage.
Women are not inherently passive or peaceful. We're not inherently anything but human.
Hate generalizes; love specifies. Or: The movements of hatred are toward generalization; love's movements are toward specification.
Let's put one lie to rest for all time: the lie that men are oppressed, too, by sexism-the lie that there can be such a thing as men's liberation groups.
White males are the most responsible for the destruction of human life and environment on the planet today.
Feminism is for all women and girls, not a privileged few or one ethnicity, religion, age, sexual preference, ability, region or hemisphere.
Where else could one find such a perfect combination of American values -- racism, militarism, capitalism -- all packaged in one 'ideal' symbol, a woman.
Children, together with women, constitute 90 percent of all refugee populations on the planet as well as the vast majority of those living in absolute poverty: the 'feminization of poverty' means that children are poor, too, since most parenting is done by mothers.
There's something contagious about demanding freedom.
An indigenous feminism has been present in every culture in the world and in every period of history since the suppression of women began.
I do believe deeply that all human beings, male and female, are sexual beings, most likely bisexual beings channeled this way and that by cultures terrified of boundary crossings without passports stamped gay or straight.
people are capable of profound metamorphosis, though unfortunately they rarely avail themselves of this genius, force of habit being an even greater enemy of change than cowardice.
The subtlest and most vicious aspect of women's oppression is that we have been conditioned to believe we are not oppressed, blinded so as not to see our own condition.
A genuine Left doesn't consider anyone's suffering irrelevant or titillating;
nor does it function as a microcosm of capitalist economy, with men competing for power and status at the top, and women doing all the work at the bottom.... Goodbye to all that.
Oppression is something that one group of people commits against another group specifically because of a threatening characteristic shared by the latter group.
Don't accept rides from strange men, and remember that all men are as strange as hell.
Any single path truly taken leads to all the others.
What matters is choosing a starting place - where to stand and begin spinning outward. Even then, you will find that outward and inward become the same direction. The center of the wheel is everywhere.
Don't accept rides from strange men - and remember that all men are strange as hell.
What would we do without irony? Check out your own daily reliance on it, the foul-weather friend who's there for you when nothing else is.
The women's movement is a non-hierarchical one. It does things collectively and experimentally.
I am an artist and a political being as well.
Ordinary is a word that has no meaning.
... censorship often boils down to some male judges getting to read a lot of dirty books--with one hand.
The present always masquerades as a beginning;
maybe we couldn't endure it if we realized at the time that it was a peak, or even an ending.
Metaphor is the energy charge that leaps between images, revealing their connections.
Sexism is not the fault of women - kill your fathers, not your mothers.
Although every organized patriarchal religion works overtime to contribute its own brand of misogyny to the myth of woman-hate, woman-fear, and woman-evil, the Roman Catholic Church also carries the immense power of very directly affecting women's lives everywhere by its stand against birth control and abortion, and by its use of skillful and wealthy lobbies to prevent legislative change. It is an obscenity -- an all-male hierarchy, celibate or not, that presumes to rule on the lives and bodies of millions of women.
We are the women men warned us about.
The Roman Catholic church... carries the immense power of very directly affecting women's lives everywhere by its stand against birth control and abortion.
Legitimate revolution must be led by, made by those who have been most oppressed: black, brown, yellow, red, and white women-with men relating to that the best they can.
I haven't the faintest notion what possible revolutionary role white hetero- sexual men could fulfill, since they are the very embodiment of reactionary- vested-interest-power. But then, I have great difficulty examining what men in general could possibly do about all this. In addition to doing the shitwork that women have been doing for generations, possibly not exist? No, I really don't mean that. Yes, I really do.
The "Otherizing" of women is the oldest oppression known to our species, and it's the model, the template, for all other oppressions.
If I had to characterize one quality as the genius of feminist thought, culture, and action, it would be the connectivity.
Your life is the one place you have to spend yourself fully - wild - generous, drastic in an unrationed profligacy of self.
The Confucian concept and Chinese ideograms for 'woman' and for 'slave' are the same.
Listen - life is really going on, right now, around us.
Do you see it? Sometimes I lose it but if I sit still and listen, it comes back, and then I think, How funny, this is what being alive is.
Politics becomes a part of your life once you realize it has been all along.
Silence is the first thing within the power of the enslaved to shatter.
From that shattering, everything else spills forth.
All art is the tension, expressed between the uncontainable and its one perfect inevitable form.
No matter how expected, death is always the ultimate surprise.
I still gasp at the revealing lingo for weapons: erector launchers, thrust ratios; my teeth grind reflexively when Dubya sputters Eye-Rack and Eye-Ran have 'nookyular capabacity.
Your life is the one place you have to spend yourself fully--wild, generous, drastic--in an unrationed profligacy of self ... And in that split second when you understand that you finally are about to die-to uncreate the world no time to do it over no more chances--that instant when you realize your conscious existence is truly flaring nova, won't you want to have used up all-all-the splendor that you are?
in the United States ... given the cult of eternal youth, age is ignored unless it can be sentimentalized.
It isn't until you begin to fight in your own cause that you (a) become really committed to winning, and (b) become a genuine ally of other people struggling for their freedom.