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    feminism Quotes

    Indignation and determination are much more constructive emotions than shame and embarrassment. And feminism was this engine that turned one into the other.
    — Lindy West
    [Ginsburg's] feminism was very sweeping and very ambitious and very consistent. Justice O'Connor had a more case-by-case, pragmatic approach to her feminism. They were not entirely the same, [but] I think that they shared the most important thing, which is the belief that they were worthy and that therefore other women were worthy.
    — Linda Hirshman
    It was interesting to portray a character that was so far removed from today's world, but was also at the forefront of feminism at that time.
    — Lily Collins
    People sometimes say that we will know feminism has done its job when half the CEOs are women. That's not feminism; to quote Catharine MacKinnon, it's liberalism applied to women. Feminism will have won not when a few women get an equal piece of the oppression pie, served up in our sisters' sweat, but when all dominating hierarchies - including economic ones - are dismantled.
    — Lierre Keith
    The ultra-right would have us believe that families are in trouble because of humanism, feminism, secular education, or sexual liberation, but the consensus of Americans is that what tears families apart is unemployment, inflation, and financial worries.
    — Letty Cottin Pogrebin
    We don't want to be wounds ("No, you're the wound!") but we should be allowed to have them, to speak about having them, to be something more than just another girl who has one. We should be able to do these things without failing the feminism of our mothers, and we should be able to represent women who hurt without walking backward into a voyeuristic rehashing of the old cultural models.
    — Leslie Jamison
    tags: women  feminism  hurt  girls  mother 
    It is really funny how even cool chicks are sort of like, 'Our moms covered that feminism thing and now we're living in a post-that world,' when that just isn't true.
    — Lena Dunham
    tags: funny  living  world  feminism  true 
    Feminism and issues surrounding being female in the world, always, but particularly right now at this complicated cultural moment. It's a huge part of what's important to me.
    — Lena Dunham
    tags: world  feminism  moment  right 
    The idea of being a feminist-so many women have come to this idea of it being anti-male and not able to connect with the opposite sex-but what feminism is about is equality and human rights. For me that is just an essential part of my identity. I hope [Girls] contributes to a continuance of feminist dialogue
    — Lena Dunham
    I think transwomen, and transpeople in general, show everyone that you can define what it means to be a man or woman on your own terms. A lot of what feminism is about is moving outside of roles and moving outside of expectations of who and what you're supposed to be to live a more authentic life.
    — Laverne Cox
    The reason the word Feminism has power is because the concept has power and the reason it has power is because people are still afraid of it.
    — Laurie Penny
    tags: people  power  feminism  afraid 
    I don't mind being called a "feminist," as I certainly embrace the tenets of feminism, though it does feel a little sad to me that we need to call a novel "feminist" simply because the female characters are interesting and strong.
    — Laurie Foos
    To me, feminism in literature deals with the female characters being in some way central to the thematic concerns of the book, or that they are agents of change to some degree. In other words, the lens is focused deeply and intensely on the female characters and doesn't waver, which allows for a glimpse into the rich inner lives of the characters.
    — Laurie Foos
    I am not sure that there has been a "lack of progress." On the contrary, the concept of feminism is not only well established but is now also attracting interest from young women, including teenagers and pre-teens. But a new interest is also symptomatic of the failure of the feminist project and the need for its renewal.
    — Laura Mulvey
    It seems to be generally acknowledged that sexism is far from defeated, flourishing through religions and other reactionary ideologies, which would definitely and gladly erase the concept of feminism.
    — Laura Mulvey
    tags: feminism 
    I don't think that the forms of feminism that are prevailing on campus are left wing. It's a conservative form of feminism in gender politics and there [isn't] anything particularly progressive about it. That's what is baffling. You've got conservatives acting like liberals touting free speech and due process.
    — Laura Kipnis
    Feminism means believing that everybody should be treated equally regardless of their sex. Which happens to include the right to wear whatever you want, for your own reasons, without being forced or pressured into wearing what's considered societally required because of your sex.
    — Laura Bates
    tags: feminism  right  sex 
    Feminism doesn't mean hating pink, make-up and high heels!
    — Laura Bates
    tags: feminism 
    The idea that feminism is a 'battle of the sexes' about blaming all men and setting up a 'gender war' is a handy, controversial media hook. But it doesn't reflect reality.
    — Laura Bates
    tags: men  reality  feminism  gender  battle  sex  media  war  ideas 
    I've always felt that feminism was just an excuse for ugly women to march.
    — Larry Flynt
    tags: women  feminism 
    I think that the early feminism at least overlooked the fact that partnership and children can provide happiness. It isn't the only way but for very many people it is the most important way.
    — Kristina Schroder
    Conservative feminism is such an artificial term that doesn't mean much to me. For me conservatism means accepting reality. I acknowledge that there are differences between men and women.
    — Kristina Schroder
    I think it would be really rotten to tell boys that schools won't cater for them properly because men have unquestionably been dominant for thousands of years. A feminism that deliberately neglects boys is immoral in my opinion.
    — Kristina Schroder
    tags: men  feminism  boys  opinion  school  year  neglect 
    As for feminism, I am a womanist more than I'm a feminist.
    — Kola Boof
    tags: feminism 
    When feminism does not explicitly oppose racism, and when antiracism does not incorporate opposition to patriarchy, race and gender politics often end up being antagonistic to each other and both interests lose.
    — Kimberle Williams Crenshaw
    Korean feminism has been swept away by popular culture. It became a sort of old-fashioned trend or a joke.
    — Kim Hyesoon
    tags: feminism  culture 
    If you propose there is a feminism problem in Korea, somebody would point out that you are bringing up antiquated issues. No one acknowledges that discrimination against women is still widespread.
    — Kim Hyesoon
    tags: women  feminism  problem 
    It seems Korean women are enjoying a passive and fragile status, intoxicated by appearance. Not only feminism, but any serious discourse ends up being swept away by popular culture in Korea.
    — Kim Hyesoon
    tags: women  feminism  culture 
    Korean feminism is on the brink of death. Korea has a less clear boundary between popular literature and serious literature than in other countries. I feel that feminism is abandoned like a product that was a craze in the past.
    — Kim Hyesoon
    I think Julia is defining a new feminism. It's the power of the open heart. And its ok to be sexual.
    — Kenny Loggins
    tags: heart  power  feminism  sexual 
    There's an individual feminism, if you will, that you make your own choices.
    — Kellyanne Conway
    tags: feminism  choice 
    I am the dictionary definition of feminist in that I believe women are equal to men. People sometimes use the word for different meanings and it is important to understand that feminism at its core is really is just believing that everyone is equal and should have the same rights. We are all beautiful women, we are still in the fight for equal pay, and we don't need to fight each other.
    — Kelly Osbourne
    I don't know what happened through the '80s, '90s, and '00s that took feminism off the table, that made it something that women weren't supposed to identify with and were supposed to be ashamed of. Feminism is about the fight for equality between the sexes, with equal respect, equal pay, and equal opportunity. At the moment we are still a long way off that.
    — Keira Knightley
    Feminism, unlike almost every other social movement, is not a struggle against a distinct oppressor - it's not the ruling class or the occupiers or the colonizers - it's against a deeply held set of beliefs and assumptions that we women, far too often, hold ourselves.
    — Kavita Ramdas
    I am not a feminist, but I do believe in the strength of women... This social revolution of feminism in the '70s really achieved so many of its goals-not every single one of them, obviously-but I think we should say it's great that these young women don't feel like they need to be feminists.
    — Katy Perry
    Modern feminism cannot survive without victims.
    — Katie Pavlich
    tags: feminism  victim 
    Younger feminists actually care about stuff that came before them, the same way that I totally cared about and loved and felt so lucky to have access to the feminism that came before me. To have younger people take what me and my friends have done, and to say 'We have access to that, but we're going to put that through our own Internet generation filter and we're going to make it into something that speaks to us and is a lot smarter.'
    — Kathleen Hanna
    Feminism is something you do. It's a verb. It's what you are. It's an activity; it's something you're actively engaged in.
    — Kathleen Hanna
    tags: feminism 
    I don't need to convince men that feminism is important, that just isn't a goal of mine. I can't even have that conversation of whether or not it's important, because if someone asks me that... I don't want to have a conversation with them until they grow up.
    — Kathleen Hanna
    tags: men  feminism  goal 
    My mom and I had secret from my dad that we didn't think we were stupid, that we didn't think we needed feminism to be explained to us.
    — Kathleen Hanna
    tags: secret  feminism 
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