Mysogyny Quotes

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George Sand
“Immodest creature, you do not want a woman who will accept your faults, you want the one who pretends you are faultless – one who will caress the hand that strikes her and kiss the lips that lie to her."

(Letter, 17 June 1837)
George Sand, The Intimate Journal

Stieg Larsson
“As a girl, she was a legal prey, especially if she was dressed in a worn black leather jacket and had pierced eyebrows, tattoos, and zero social status.”
Stieg Larsson, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Tamora Pierce
“Mistresses, have you ever noticed that when we disagree with a male – I hesitate to say ‘man’ – or find ourselves in a position over males, the first comment they make is always about our reputations or our monthlies?”

One of the new women snorted. Others snickered.

Kel looked at the man, who was momentarily speechless. “If I disagree with you, should I place blame on the misworkings of your manhood? Or do I refrain from so serious an insult” – she made a face – “far more serious, of course, than your hint that I am a whore. Because my mother taught me courtesy, I only suggest that my monthlies will come long after your hair has escaped your head entirely.”
Tamora Pierce, Lady Knight

Caitlin Moran
“At its best fashion is a game. But for women it's a compulsory game, like net ball, and you can't get out of it by faking your period. I know I have tried. And so for a woman every outfit is a hopeful spell, cast to influence the outcome of the day. An act of trying to predict your fate, like looking at your horoscope. No wonder there are so many fashion magazines. No wonder the fashion industry is worth an estimated 900 billion dollars a year. No wonder every woman's first thought is, for nearly every event in her life, be it work, snow or birth. The semi-despairing cry of "but what will I wear?" Because when a woman says I have nothing to wear, what she really means is there is nothing here for who I am supposed to be today.”
Caitlin Moran, How to Be a Woman

John Irving
“He had heard her say, so many times, that a society that approved of making abortion illegal was a society that approved of violence against women; that making abortion illegal was simply a sanctimonious, self-righteous form of violence against women- it was just another way of legalizing violence against women, Nurse Caroline would say.”
John Irving, The Cider House Rules

Joss Whedon
“Why aren’t you asking a hundred other guys why they don’t write strong women characters? I believe that what I’m doing should not be remarked upon, let alone honoured… Because equality is not a concept. It’s not something we should be striving for. It’s a necessity. Equality is like gravity. We need it to stand on this earth as men and women. And the misogyny that is in every culture is not a true part of the human condition. It is life out of balance, and that imbalance is sucking something out of the soul of every man and woman who is confronted with it. We need equality. Kinda now. 'So, why do you write these strong female characters?' Because you’re still asking me that question."

[Equality Now speech, May 15, 2006]”
Joss Whedon

Anne Bradstreet
“Now say, have women worth, or have they none?
Or had they some, but with our Queen is’t gone?
Nay Masculines, you have thus tax’d us long,
But she, though dead, will vindicate our wrong.
Let such as say our sex is void of reason
Know ‘tis a slander now, but once was treason."
(In Honour of that High and Mighty Princess, Queen Elizabeth)”
Anne Bradstreet, The Works of Anne Bradstreet

Laurie Penny
“Those who are so eager for women and girls to go back to the kitchen might think again about just what it is we might be up to in there. You can plan a lot of damage from a kitchen. It’s also where the knives are kept.”
Laurie Penny

Ian McEwan
“But soon I loved her completely and wished to possess her, own her, absorb her, eat her. I wanted her in my arms and in my bed, I longed she would open her legs to me”
Ian McEwan, In Between the Sheets

Roberto Hogue
“All this talk about morality, chastity, prudence and the like are very antiquated notions created by some very old belief systems that are notoriously negative towards women.”
Roberto Hogue, Real Secrets of Sex: A Women's Guide on How to Be Good in Bed

Salman Rushdie
“Repression is a seamless garment; a society which is authoritarian in its social and sexual codes, which crushes its women beneath the intolerable burdens of honour and propriety, breeds repressions of other kinds as well.”
Salman Rushdie, Shame

Mary Beard
“But in every way, the shared metaphors we use of female access to power - 'knocking on the door', 'storming the citadel', 'smashing the glass ceiling', or just giving them a 'leg up' - underline female exteriority. Women in power are seen as breaking down barriers, or alternatively as taking something to which they are not quite entitled.”
Mary Beard, Women & Power: A Manifesto

“Schopenhauer said only men had the total objectivity necessary for genius, and that you only had to look at a woman’s shape to see that she wasn’t intended for much mental or physical work.”
Jacky Fleming, The Trouble With Women

Ian Fleming
“These blithering women who thought they could do a man's work. Why the hell couldn't they stay at home and mind their pots and pans and stick to their frocks and gossip and leave men's work to the men.”
Ian Fleming, Casino Royale

“As Darwin said by keeping women at home their achievements were paltry compared to men's which proved women were biologically inferior. And he should know because he was a Genius. You probably learned about him at school.”
Jacky Fleming, The Trouble With Women

“Inside the (Domestic) Sphere women did things which weren't too demanding like childcare, scrubbing the floor, washing the sheets and curtains, sewing on buttons, and coalmining.”
Jacky Fleming, The Trouble With Women

“When African slave Phillis Wheatley wrote poetry, 18 men came to assess whether that was possible.”
Jacky Fleming, The Trouble With Women

Margaret Atwood
“I feel buried.”
Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale

“Darwin said if you made a list of eminent men, next of a list of eminent women, it was obvious that men were better at everything.”
Jacky Fleming, The Trouble With Women

Samuel  Taylor
“We always blame the woman when a man falls in love, as though no man had the courage of his inclinations.”
Samuel Taylor, Sabrina Fair

Virginia Woolf
“Life for both sexes - and I looked at them, shouldering their way along the pavement - is arduous, difficult, a perpetual struggle. It calls for gigantic courage and strength. More than anything, perhaps, creatures of illusion, it calls for confidence in oneself. Without self-confidence we are as babes in the cradle. And how can we generate this imponderable quality, which is yet so invaluable, most quickly? By thinking that other people are inferior to oneself. By feeling that one has some innate superiority - it may be wealth, or rank, a straight nose, or the portrait of a grandfather by Romney - for there is no end to the pathetic devices of the human imagination - over other people.”
Virginia Woolf

Kristen Henderson
“As a woman still,
without the right kind of mouth,
my tongue’s of no use.”
Kristen Henderson, Of My Maiden Smoking

Patricia Nell Warren
“Sooner or later you end up making deals with women. It's an injustice, really.”
Patricia Nell Warren

Jeannette Walls
“Mom asked me if I was okay. I shrugged and nodded. “Well, there you go”, she said. She said that sexual assault was a crime of perception. “If you don’t think you’re hurt, then you aren’t”, she said. “So many women make such a big deal out of these things. But you’re stronger then that”, she went back to her crossword puzzle.”
Jeannette Walls, The Glass Castle

Sten Nadolny
“Es gibt zwei Sorten von Männern. Die einen verstehen 'etwas von Frauen', die anderen sind solche, die einfach 'Frauen verstehen'. Ich weiß nicht, welche Sorte mir verdächtiger ist.”
Sten Nadolny, Netzkarte

Ursula K. Le Guin
“The racism, misogyny, and counter-rationality of the reactionary right in American politics for the last several years is a frightening exhibition of the destructive force of anger deliberately nourished by hate, encouraged to rule thought, invited to control behavior. I hope our republic survives this orgy of self-indulgent rage.”
Ursula K. Le Guin, No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters

Marguerite Yourcenar
“Je suis contre le particularisme de pays, religion, d'espece. Ne comptez pas sur moi pour faire du particularisme de sexe. Je crois qu'une bonne femme vaut un homme bon, qu'une femme intelligente vaut un homme intelligent. C'est une verite simple.”
Marguerite Yourcenar

Marilyn Yalom
“The Renaissance (like Greek democracy or the fledgling American states) was a construct that applied mainly to privileged men.”
Marilyn Yalom, Birth of the Chess Queen: A History

Tommy Wieringa
“Mijn moeder is Papa Africa's derde vrouw. Dat mag van zijn geloof. Als zijn Egyptische vrouwen een minnaar nemen, slaat hij ze dood. Dat mag ook van zijn geloof.”
Tommy Wieringa, Dit is mijn moeder

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