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“...love is essentially a much simpler phenomenon--it becomes complicated, corrupted or obstructed by an unequal balance of power.”
Shulamith Firestone, The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution
“If women are differentiated only by superficial physical attributes, men appear more individual and irreplaceable than they really are.”
Shulamith Firestone, The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution
“a revolutionary in every bedroom cannot fail to shake up the status quo. And if it is your wife that is revolting, you can't just split to the suburbs. Feminism, when it truly achieves it's goals, will crack through the most basic structures of our society.”
Shulamith Firestone, The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution
“He has let her in not because he genuinely loved her, but only because she played so well into his preconceived fantasies.”
Shulamith Firestone, The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution
“(Male) culture was (and is) parasitical, feeding on the emotional strength of women without reciprocity.”
Shulamith Firestone, The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution
“A fair and generous woman is (at best) respected, but seldom loved.”
Shulamith Firestone, The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution
“To be worshiped is not freedom.”
Shulamith Firestone, The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution
“Thus her whole identity hangs in the balance of her love life. She is allowed to love herself only if a man finds her worthy of love.”
Shulamith Firestone, The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution
“...he will go to his grave feeling cheated, never realizing that there isn't much difference between one woman and the other, that it is the loving that creates the difference.”
Shulamith Firestone, The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution
“In my own case, I had to train myself out of that phony smile, which is like a nervous tic on every teenage girl. And this meant that I smiled rarely, for in truth, when it came down to real smiling, I had less to smile about. My 'dream' action for the women's liberation movement: a smile boycott, at which declaration all women would instantly abandon their 'pleasing' smiles, henceforth smiling only when something pleased them.”
Shulamith Firestone, The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution
“It is only after we have integrated the dark side of the moon into our world view that we can begin to talk seriously of universal culture.”
Shulamith Firestone, The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution
“The best way to raise a child is to LAY OFF!”
Shulamith Firestone, The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution
“Emancipated' women found out that the honesty, generosity, and camaraderie of men was a lie.”
Shulamith Firestone, The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution
“It would take a denial of all cultural tradition for women to produce even a true 'female' art. For a woman who participates in (male) culture must achieve and be rated by standards of a tradition she had no part in making - and certainly there is no room in that tradition for a female view, even if she could discover what it was.”
Shulamith Firestone, The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution
“Love has never been understood, though it may have been fully experienced, and that experience communicated.”
Shulamith Firestone, The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution
“Women and love are underpinnings. Examine them and you threaten the very structure of culture.”
Shulamith Firestone, The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution
“All men are selfish, brutal and inconsiderate--and I wish I could find one.”
Shulamith Firestone, The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution
“But in psychoanalysis there are no unimportant thoughts; there are only thoughts that pretend to be unimportant in order to not be told.”
Shulamith Firestone, The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution
“...childbirth is at best necessary and tolerable. It is not fun.
(Like shitting a pumpkin, a friend of mine told me when I inquired about the Great-Experience-You-Are-Missing.)”
Shulamith Firestone, The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution
“A mother who undergoes a nine-month pregnancy is likely to feel that the product of all that pain and discomfort 'belongs' to her.”
Shulamith Firestone, The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution
“In the radical feminist view, the new feminism is not just the revival of a serious political movement for social equality. It is the second wave of the most important revolution in history. Its aim: the overthrow of the oldest, most rigid class/caste system in existence, the class system based on sex - a system consolidated over thousands of years, lending the archetypal male and female roles and undeserved legitimacy and seeming permanence.”
Shulamith Firestone, The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution
“...the end goal of feminist revolution must be...not just the elimination of male privilage but of the sex distinction itself: genital differences between human beings would no longer matter culturally.”
Shulamith Firestone, The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution
“It is only the failure of my plots I fear.”
Shulamith Firestone, The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution
“The demands of Sex Privatization contradict the demands of the Beauty Ideal, causing the severe feminine neurosis about personal appearance.”
Shulamith Firestone, The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution
“The pervasion of image has so deeply altered our very relationships to ourselves that even men have become objects--if never erotic objects.”
Shulamith Firestone, The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution
“Whichever it is, he does not question it, not understanding that his own behavior has been or could be a determining influence.”
Shulamith Firestone, The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution
“...new theories and new movements do not develop in a vacuum, they arise to spearhead the necessary social solutions to new problems resulting from contradictions in the environment.”
Shulamith Firestone, The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution
“Believe me, if all wives whose husbands had affairs left them, we would only have divorced women in this country.”
Shulamith Firestone, The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution
“For the real issue under all the fights about other women is the man is unable to commit himself.”
Shulamith Firestone, The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution
“The patriarchal family was only the most recent in a string of 'primary' social organizations, all of which defined woman as a different species due to her unique childbearing capacity. The term family was first used by the Romans to denote a social unit the head of which ruled over wife, children, and slaves - under Roman law he was invested with the rights of life and death over them all; famulus means domestic slave, and familia is the total number of slaves belonging to one man.”
Shulamith Firestone, The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution

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