Zadie Smith

“Right. I look fine. Except I don't,' said Zora, tugging sadly at her man's nightshirt. This was why Kiki had dreaded having girls: she knew she wouldn't be able to protect them from self-disgust. To that end she had tried banning television in the early years, and never had a lipstick or a woman's magazine crossed the threshold of the Belsey home to Kiki's knowledge, but these and other precautionary measures had made no difference. It was in the air, or so it seemed to Kiki, this hatred of women and their bodies-- it seeped in with every draught in the house; people brought it home on their shoes, they breathed it in off their newspapers. There was no way to control it.”


Zadie Smith, On Beauty
Read more quotes from Zadie Smith


Share this quote:
Twitter icon

Friends Who Liked This Quote


To see what your friends thought of this quote, please sign up!

209 likes
All Members Who Liked This Quote

« previous 1 3

All Quotes
My Quotes
Add A Quote

This Quote Is From

On Beauty On Beauty by Zadie Smith
51,012 ratings, average rating, 3,985 reviews
Open Preview


Browse By Tag

More...