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    It really occurred to me at a certain point: women have not been embodied. Feminism has not been embodied. It hasn't gotten into us in a way where it is so undeniable that there is nothing to prove. Do you know what I mean? That we are so in our feminist skin, so to speak, that we are that world now.
    — Eve Ensler
    tags: women  world  feminism 
     
    I'm very proud of being a woman, and as a woman, I don't even like the word feminism because when I hear that word, I associate it with women trying to pretend to be men, and I'm not interested in trying to pretend to be a man. I don't want to embrace manhood, I want to embrace my womanhood.
    — Evangeline Lilly
    tags: men  women  feminism  manhood 
     
    Men have influenced my activism and feminism both positively and negatively. As most gender differences are social, not genetic, we still need to change what we do and what we expect of each other... The potential exists for societies where men and women do not have to conform to unwanted stereotypes.
    — Eva Cox
    We have to be careful in this era of radical feminism, not to emphasize an equality of the sexes that leads women to imitate men to prove their equality. To be equal does not mean you have to be the same.
    — Eva Burrows
    tags: men  women  feminism  equality  sex  radical 
     
    Feminism is a belief that although women and men are inherently of equal worth, most societies privilege men as a group. As a result, social movements are necessary to achieve political equality between women and men, with the understanding that gender always intersects with other social hierarchies.
    — Estelle Freedman
    I had been a feminist all my life, but the big problem was how to make your feminism jibe with you unappeasable hunger for male bodies.
    — Erica Jong
    tags: feminism  problem  body  hunger 
     
    I think feminism means what it has always meant - women want to use all their gifts, all their talents and be judged impartially for them. I don't think feminism has ever meant anything else.
    — Erica Jong
    tags: women  feminism  talent  gift 
     
    My generation was not only maligned in book reviews and attacked in graduate school but we lived to see our adored and adorable daughters wonder why feminism had become a dirty word.
    — Erica Jong
    Feminism is teaching. I've gotten a lot of pleasure pushing younger writers that I've met and worked with.
    — Erica Jong
    The problem with feminism in the second wave was that we fought so much among ourselves, and I think we did so much damage to the movement... and I think the next wave, the third wave, is women mentoring younger women and women helping younger women to enter the political process and the writing world.
    — Erica Jong
    We don't have a clear path forward, and that's been the case for feminism since the 18th century, when the idea of the rights of women actually began.
    — Erica Jong
    tags: women  feminism  right  path  ideas 
     
    Feminism is really the right of women to be full human beings and to not be defined only by their childbearing function. Feminism is really the right of women to be human beings. That's it, yet that's so frightening to a lot of people. A full human being wants satisfying work and love. A full human being is entitled to both, and is not simply defined by only one aspect of her being.
    — Erica Jong
    tags: people  work  women  feminism  human  right 
     
    The absolute bedrock of our independence is having control over our own bodies. You cannot be independent if the government or someone else says whether or not you can use birth control. Unless you're in charge of your body, you're not in charge of anything. I think that's really the bottom line of feminism.
    — Erica Jong
    Feminism is equality: politically; culturally; socially; economically. That's it, that simple.
    — Emma Watson
    tags: feminism 
     
    Feminism is not here to dictate to you. It's not prescriptive, it's not dogmatic. All we are here to do is give you a choice. If you want to run for President, you can. If you don't, that's wonderful, too. I'm lucky I was raised to believe that my opinion at the dinner table was valuable. My mum and I spoke as loudly as my brothers.
    — Emma Watson
    People associate feminism with hate - with man hate - and that's really negative. I don't think that's what feminism is about at all - it's really positive. I think that's why women became reluctant to use the word.
    — Emma Watson
    tags: men  people  women  feminism  hate  positive 
     
    For the record, feminism by definition is: 'The belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. It is the theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes.'
    — Emma Watson
    I decided I was a feminist and this seemed uncomplicated to me. But my recent research has shown me that feminism has become an unpopular word. Apparently I am among the ranks of women whose expressions are seen as too strong, too aggressive, isolating, anti-men and, unattractive.
    — Emma Watson
    BUT MY RECENT RESEARCH HAS SHOWN ME THAT FEMINISM HAS BECOME AN UNPOPULAR WORD. WOMEN ARE CHOOSING NOT TO IDENTIFY AS FEMINISTS.
    — Emma Watson
    tags: women  feminism  research 
     
    Social media is something women didn't have 10 years ago, and that's a big aspect in feminism today. I don't have to be filtered by anyone. I choose.
    — Emily Ratajkowski
    tags: women  feminism  media  year 
     
    I don't know why people are so reluctant to say they're feminists. Could it be any more obvious that we still live in a patriarchal world when feminism is a bad word?
    — Ellen Page
    tags: people  live  world  feminism  bad 
     
    I hate how box office failures are blamed on an actress, yet I don't see a box office failure blamed on men. I think a lot of the time in films, men get roles where they create their own destiny and women are just tools, supporters for that. I guess it's because we live in a patriarchal society, where feminism is a dirty word.
    — Ellen Page
    tags: failure  time  men  women  society  live  feminism  hate  film 
     
    Feminism is a good venue for getting yourself across as much as for getting your point across.
    — Elizabeth Wurtzel
    tags: feminism 
     
    I do think in general, women have a value system. And it's that value system that I think is feminism. Not "men are bad, women are good, let's get women empowered" - it's let's get this value system, which is about the capacity to feel and empathize with life, and therefore to protect it.
    — Elizabeth Lesser
    tags: women  feminism  value  bad 
     
    We think that maybe feminism isn't appropriate anymore, since Western women have really made enormous strides. But check out the rest of the world if you'd like to not be able to sleep tonight.
    — Elizabeth Lesser
    tags: women  world  feminism  sleep 
     
    The real work of feminism is to empower a woman and to give her language to express a new value system for the world. The new feminism must create both the process by which we generate influence and the influence itself.
    — Elizabeth Lesser
    A viable new feminism must directly confront the realm of practice.
    — Elizabeth Fox-Genovese
    tags: feminism 
     
    Feminism has led the way in demystifying personal relations, forcefully insisting they are political to the core.
    — Elizabeth Fox-Genovese
    Feminist humor raises consciousness. And the reason it's funny is because it stands something on its head. Goodness knows you've got to have a sense of humor if you do feminism full-time, I tell you.
    — Eleanor Smeal
    The spread of feminism is the most spectacular, extraordinary phenomenon in the last twenty years, and I believe we will accomplish our goals in a million different ways.
    — Eleanor Holmes Norton
    tags: feminism  believe  goal  year 
     
    Today [the voice of women] is being heard loud and clear. But I do not read the welcome triumph of feminism, social, economic, and creative, as a brief for postmodernism. The advance, while opening new avenues of expression and liberating deep pools of talent, has not exploded human nature into little pieces. Instead, it has set the stage for a fuller exploration of the universal traits that unite humanity.
    — E. O. Wilson
    It is not a dirty word, 'feminism'. I just think that women belong in the human population with the same rights as everybody else. ... The problem is, 'A feminist looks like this, or is like that'. We are taught not to like ourselves as women, we are taught what we're supposed to look like what our measurements are supposed to be. I never hear what measurements men are supposed to be. Just women.
    — Cyndi Lauper
    tags: men  women  feminism  human  problem  right 
     
    What, do you think that feminism means you hate men?
    — Cyndi Lauper
    tags: feminism  hate 
     
    Until women learn to want economic independence, and until they work out a way to get this independence without denying themselves the joys of love and motherhood, it seems to me feminism has no roots.
    — Crystal Eastman
    Has feminism made us all more conscious? I think it has. Feminist critiques of anthropological masculine bias have been quite important, and they have increased my sensitivity to that kind of issue
    — Clifford Geertz
    tags: feminism 
     
    I'm writing a review of three books on feminism and science, and it's about social constructionism. So I would say I'm a social constructionist, whatever that means
    — Clifford Geertz
    tags: feminism  writing  book 
     
    I think feminism has had a major impact on anthropology
    — Clifford Geertz
    tags: feminism 
     
    The left ask people to believe that there is no conflict between feminism and the family.
    — Christopher Lasch
    Fault lines run along color lines in American public life, and the women's movement is no exception. Over the years, feminism has become more inclusive but there is still hard work to be done to include LGBT women and communities of color.
    — Christine Pelosi
    When we talk about feminism - equality without apology for all - we can't be talking about for all white women or all highly educated women but all women, regardless of color, class, creed, sexual orientation or identity.
    — Christine Pelosi
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