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Wed, Feb. 4th, 2004, 05:48 pm
Quote To Remember

From Wendy Kaminer: "Women who demand their rights have always been called selfish."

Damn it, I'm selfish - and proud of it.

Wed, Feb. 4th, 2004 02:58 pm (UTC)

What does she want us to do, politely ask for our rights?

Wed, Feb. 4th, 2004 07:11 pm (UTC)
kleenestar: Re:

We shouldn't have to be polite and nice to get rights - that's exactly her point! I think I accidentally quoted it out of context, but the original quote was part of a critique of the way women who stand up for themselves and their rights get treated.

The quote's actually part of a terrific essay on rights-based feminism (women should have equal rights) vs. protection-based feminism (women should get special protections) where she talks about how people have historically reacted negatively to rights-based feminism because it's more problematic for traditional sex roles. If you're interested, it's in her book True Love Waits - not all the essays are equally compelling, but you might want to get it out of the library and just read "Feminism and the Devaluation of Rights."

Wed, Feb. 4th, 2004 05:34 pm (UTC)


Ask first while carrying a big stick?? ;)

Course, you could just take them too... ;)