When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.

Womanist is to feminist as purple is to lavender.

During the feminist seventies men were caught between a rock and a hard-on;

in the fathering eighties they are caught between good hugs and bad hugs.

A good part -- and definitely the most fun part -- of being a feminist is about frightening men.

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I am a staunch feminist, in spite of all women's magazines.

People call me feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat or a prostitute.

I have met many feminists who were not Lesbians but I have never met a Lesbian who was not a feminist.

If you say, I'm for equal pay, that's a reform.

But if you say. I'm a feminist, that's a transformation of society.

Feminist art is not some tiny creek running off the great river of real art.

It is not some crack in an otherwise flawless stone. It is, quite spectacularly I think, art which is not based on the subjugation of one half of the species. It is art which will take the great human themes --love, death, heroism, suffering, history itself --and render them fully human. It may also, though perhaps our imaginations are so mutilated now that we are incapable even of the ambition, introduce a new theme, one as great and as rich as those others --should we call it joy?

Fat is a social disease, and fat is a feminist issue.

With a new familiarity and a flesh-creeping homeliness entirely of this unreal, materialistic world, where all sentiment is coarsely manufactured and advertised in colossal sickly captions, disguised for the sweet tooth of a monstrous baby called the Public, the family as it is, broken up on all hands by the agency of feminist and economic propaganda, reconstitutes itself in the image of the state.

I'm a woman who was raised to believe that you are not complete unless you have a man. Well, in some ways it's true. I am a feminist to a point. But I'm not going to deny the fact that I love to be with men.

Men have defined the parameters of every subject.

All feminist arguments, however radical in intent or consequence, are with or against assertions or premises implicit in the male system, which is made credible or authentic by the power of men to name.

Women have been taught that, for us, the earth is flat, and that if we venture out, we will fall off the edge. Some of us have ventured out nevertheless, and so far we have not fallen off. It is my faith, my feminist faith, that we will not.

The feminist anti-pornography movement, no less than the feminist movement of a century ago, encourages the assumption that male and female sexuality, and possibly morality, are as unlike as yin and yang.

I am a feminist, and what that means to me is much the same as the meaning of the fact that I am Black: it means that I must undertake to love myself and to respect myself as though my very life depends upon self-love and self-respect.

I became a feminist as an alternative to becoming a masochist.

As a result of the feminist revolution, feminine becomes an abusive epithet.

We need a new kind of feminism, one that stresses personal responsibility and is open to art and sex in all their dark, unconsoling mysteries. The feminist of the fin de si?cle will be bawdy, streetwise, and on-the-spot confrontational, in the prankish Sixties way.

If I were a woman, I would never trust men who say they are feminists.

Either they are acting out of guilt, trying to establish credentials, or they think they might be able to pick up more girls. If I were a woman, I would say, go away and have your first period. Then come back and tell me you are a feminist.

If the feminist program goes to pieces on the arrival of the first baby, it's false and useless.

I was born in ancient times, at the end of the world, in a patriarchal Catholic and conservative family. No wonder that by age five I was a raging feminist - although the term had not reached Chile yet, so nobody knew what the heck was wrong with me.

I'm a feminist, but I think that romance has been taken away a bit for my generation. I think what people connect with in novels is this idea of an overpowering, encompassing love - and it being more important and special than anything and everything else.

I've always wanted to be independent and answer for myself.

That probably is the part of me I would class to be feminist. I'd like to have children; marriage I have a bit of an issue with.

I don't know why it's still a taboo to be a feminist.

It's such a male-dominated industry. You can be a feminist, it's just difficult because it sometimes comes back at you.

I'm not a feminist at all.

My parents demonstrated against the Vietnam war, they were into the civil rights movement, the feminist movement, they started the first vegetarian restaurant in Pittsburgh.

I've heard people say that 'The Blair Witch Project' is a feminist movie because there's a woman in charge and I've heard it called a completely anti-feminist movie because this woman screws everything up. Who cares really? It's just a movie.

Of all the nasty outcomes predicted for women's liberation.

.. none was more alarming, from a feminist point of view, than the suggestion that women would eventually become just like men.

I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat.

Does being a feminist mean that I believe that I'm as good as any man? Yes.

I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat or a prostitute.

People call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat or a prostitute.

As a result of the feminist revolution, 'feminine' becomes an abusive epithet.

I'm a woman who was raised to believe that you are not complete unless you have a man. Well, in some ways it's true. I am a feminist to a point. But I'm not going to deny the fact that I love to be with men.

I like women who look like women. I hated grunge. No one's more feminist than me, but you don't have to look as if you don't give a - you know. You can be smart, bright, and attractive aesthetically to others - and to yourself.

I work toward the liberation of women, but I'm not feminist. I'm just a woman.

I would say that I'm a feminist theorist before I'm a queer theorist or a gay and lesbian theorist.

First and foremost, I'm a feminist. And basically that stems from a strong belief that all people and creatures deserve equal opportunity, rights and respect.

I've never been drawn to the feminist movement.

I was brought up to believe that men had little to do with the home or children - except to bring in the money.

Who laughs less than feminists?

To be a feminist, you could cut your hair really short. You have to be really angry about something.

This is a feminist bookstore. There is no humor section.

I AM what is called a Feminist. Thirty years ago I left a monastery and began a sane human existence. Within two or three years, I find, I was defending the rights of women.

I sink down into my body as into a swamp, fenland, where only I know the footing…. I’m a cloud, congealed around a central object, the shape of a pear, which is hard and more real than I am and glows red within its translucent wrapping. Inside it is a space, huge as the sky at night and dark and curved like that, though black-red rather than black.

Never complain, never explain, get the thing done and let them howl.

DOGMA: a political belief one is unreasonably committed to, such as the notion that freedom is good and slavery is bad. BIAS: predeliction for a particular dogma. For example, the feminist bias is that women are equal to men and the male chauvinist bias is that women are inferior. The unbiased view is that the truth lies somewhere in between. (an early comment on backlash, from Glossary for the Eighties)

Additionally, many widows took over family shops or businesses- and, not uncommonly, ran them better than their dead husbands. Y.pestis [black death germ] turns out to have been something of a feminist.

It's just so hard sometimes to work out where people stand on these things.

I mean, isn't the Pope a feminist?