Some of these are quotes that I like by other people, not necessarily feminists but possbile people associated with feminism.
The first duty of a revolutionary is to get away with it.
If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.
Listen, I’m out of this system, man, I’m out… I’m doing better than ever. I couldn’t be more happy.
How things aren’t what they seem. During the early riot grrrl ’90’s, a lot of people i hung out with, we talked about privilege and oppression alot, which is important.
I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who make enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me naive or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman.
Women have been taught that, for us, the earth is flat, and that if we venture out, we will fall off the edge.
Shyness has a strange element of narcissism, a belief that how we look, how we perform, is truly important to other people.
I seem to be getting a lot of things pushed my way that are strong women. It’s like people see Hackers and they send me offers to play tough women with guns, the kind who wear no bra and a little tank top. I’d like to play strong women who are also very feminine.
I always play women I would date.
I like everything. Boyish girls, girlish boys, the heavy and the skinny. Which is a problem when I’m walking down the street.
I need someone physically stronger than me… I am always on top. It’s really unfortunate. I am begging for the man that can put me on the bottom. Or the woman. Anybody that can take me down.
People talk about my image like I come in two dimensions, like lipstick is a sign of my declining mind, like what I happen to be wearing the day that someone takes my picture is my new statement for all womankind.
When I was like sixteen, I was a total chick I had big hair. I was seen as this attractive girl, and I would get all this attention. And then I just cut off my hair, and I quit playing that game.
When I was four years old they tried to test my IQ, they showed me this picture of three oranges and a pear. They asked me which one is different and does not belong, they taught me different was wrong.
Any tool is a weapon if you hold it right
Why do our kids have to show us what gun control is all about?
If you’re not angry, then you’re just stupid, you don’t care. How else can you react when something’s so unfair?
It’s important to remember that feminism is no longer a group of organizations or leaders. It’s the expectations that parents have for their daughters, and their sons, too. It’s the way we talk about and treat one another. It’s who makes the money and who makes the compromises and who makes the dinner. It’s a state of mind. It’s the way we live now.
We do not fall in love with the package of the person, we fall in love with the inside of a person.
Are we changing the idea of what beauty is? Let’s hope so. I’m not the typical Hollywood beauty. Let’s hope we’re looking at the insides of people a little more.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh:
The intellectual is constantly betrayed by his vanity. Godlike he blandly assumes that he can express everything in words; whereas the things one loves, lives, and dies for are not, in the last analysis completely expressible in words.
I am murdering me where I kneeled at your kiss.
The tongue, the Chineses say; is like a sharp knife: it kills without drawing blood.
Take the face of the man I love and squeeze my foot into it when all the while my heart is making a museum…
I am stuffing your mouth with your promises and watching you vomit them out upon my face.
Urine and tears pour out of me. I’m the one you broke.
His mouth and his anus are one.
The more I write, the more the silence seems to be eating away at me.
What I am proud of, what seems so simply clear, is that feminism is a way to fight for justice, always in short supply.
The test for whether or not you can hold a job should not be the arrangement of your chromosomes.
When a man gives his opinion, he’s a man. When a woman gives her opinion, she’s a bitch.
I was not trying to be shocking, or to be a pioneer. I wasn’t trying to change society, or to be ahead of my time. I didn’t think of myself as liberated, and I don’t believe that I did anything important. I was just myself. I didn’t know any other way to be, or any other way to live.
I never was the girl next door.
It is easier to live through someone else than to become complete yourself.
The Feminine Mystique, 1963
If divorce has increased by one thousand percent, don’t blame the women’s movement. Blame the obsolete sex roles on which our marriages were based.
speech, New York City, January 20, 1974
The feminine mystique has succeeded in burying millions of American women alive.
No woman gets an orgasm from shining the kitchen floor.
Why do some people say “grow some balls”? Balls are weak and sensitive. If you wanna be tough, grow a vagina. Those things can take a pounding.
You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.
The world that lies behind the strangeness of your eyes.
A purple blot against the dead white door In my friend’s rooms, bathed in their vile pink light, I had not noticed her before She snatched my eyes and threw them back to me: She did not speak till we came out into the night, Paused at this bench beside the klosk on the quay.
Cheris Kramarae and Paula Treichler:
Feminism is the radical notion that women are people.
Feminism is the radical notion that women are human beings.
What characterized the whole punk scene for me in 1977 was there was no racism or sexism. It was an anarchy of -isms, and a matter of abolishing it all.
Don’t think that sticking your boobs out and trying to look fuckable will help. Remember your in a rock and roll band. It’s not “Fuck Me”, It’s “Fuck You!”
Look, as long as we can make records and sell enough so we can do some shows, that’s all I want. You know what? I just want to play guitar and be in a band. Same as I always did.
For years, I hated myself. I covered the mirrors in my house. I literally couldn’t have a mirror in my room. I still can’t sit in a restaurant or someplace where I can catch my reflection. I get so paranoid.
You have to excuse me because I AM a teenager, so I’m allowed to sound illiterate and make stupid comments like ‘I’m not into hard-core feminism.’
I don’t know who Peter Lorre is. Pathetic right? It shows you how completely gross and uncultured my generation is.
Cindy Olsen: (co-owner of The Body Objective)
I am beautiful as I am. I am the shape that was gifted. My breasts are no longer perky and upright like when I was a teenager. My hips are wider than that of a fashion model’s. For this I am glad, for these are the signs of a life lived.
I am working for the time when unqualified blacks, browns, and women join the unqualified men in running our government.
Claire Sargent: (Arizona senatorial candidate)
I think it’s about time we voted for senators with breasts. After all, we’ve been voting for boobs long enough.
Claudette Colbert: (quoted in “Kindling The Spirit” by: Lois P. Frankel)
It matters more what’s in a woman’s face than what’s on it.
I’m an only child and I’m just a real loner kind of person… and yeah, kinda dark. But I’m happy. Not sad. I’m just shy and nervous.”
My whole life is working out and shooting guns right now. I’m learning how to fight people with, like, sticks in my hands and disarm 6’5″ men.”
Because I think they’re insecure. And I think they don’t know themselves that well. And whatever they don’t know about themselves, they’re scared of.”
Clea DuVall: (on homophobia)
I think bisexuality is frowned upon for a lot of different reasons. But I don’t like any of those words. I don’t like any of those labels. I think they’re limiting.
Here in Portland, OR we have witnessed a historic gay civil rights movement in the form of gay marriage. Basic Rights of Oregon, a gay civil rights group, pressured the city council to issue same sex marriage liscences, and they legally found they were bound to do so. So far over 1,000 gay couples have been married here, despite the fact that anti-gay protesters harassed them as they waited in line for their liscences. It was a beautiful thing so see so many gay faces simply lining up for one of their basic civil rights – I think it put a very positive image for the world to see.
I don’t want to have a penis, I want to be a girl and I want to wear dresses and have nice perfume and do things that girls do. So I’m not interested in looking like a boy or playing like a boy. That sounds like a really obvious, blatant thing to say, and I shouldn’t have to say that to anybody.
I want every fucking girl in the world to pick up a guitar & start screaming!
I rely on a lot of sexual metaphors-food as sex, music as sex, fucked-up weird insane sexual vistas that haunt me and make me feel as though I were going insane.
If you treat a girl like a dog, she’s going to piss on you.
If you write anything nasty about me, I’ll come around and blow up your toilet.
I may lie a lot, but never in my lyrics.
How can I rock in a Versace gown? Well easy-let me show you.
Dont be bitter and mean cos you don’t fit in, it’s a GIFT. Look at you. you’ve got your individuality, you don’t have the herd instinct, you can read Neitzsche and understand it. Only dumb people are happy.
Unless there are pictures, I don’t admit to anything.
This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
Personally, I think that if a woman hasn’t met the right man by the time she’s 24, she may be lucky.
If I ever start talking to you about my ‘craft’, my ‘instrument’, you have permission to shoot me.
Life is very interesting… in the end, some of your greatest pains, become your greatest strengths.
The leadership instinct you are born with is the backbone. You develop the funny bone and the wishbone that go with it.
Women do not have to sacrifice personhood if they are mothers. They do not have to sacrifice motherhood in order to be persons. Liberation was meant to expand women’s opportunities, not to limit them. The self-esteem that has been found in new pursuits can also be found in mothering.
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
Elizabeth Barret Browning:
Best be yourself, imperial, plain and true!
Elizabeth Cady Stanton: (“Our Girls”)
I would have girls regard themselves not as adjectives but as nouns.
Elizabeth Cady Scanton:
Woman’s discontent increases in exact proportion to her development.
Violence commands both literature and life, and violence is always crude and distorted.
If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.
If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry.
Surgeons must be very careful. When they take the knife!, underneath their fine incisions, stirs the Culprit – Life!
Anger as soon as fed is dead – ‘Tis starving makes it fat.
Beauty is not caused. It is.
After great pain, a formal feeling comes. The Nerves sit ceremonious, like tombs.
A word is dead when it is said, some say. I say it just begins to live that day.
A wounded deer leaps the highest.
Because I could not stop for Death; He kindly stopped for me
If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain.
I imagine, therefore I belong and am free.
Parting is all we know of heaven and all we need of hell.
The history of progress is written in the blood of men and women who have dared to espouse an unpopular cause, as, for instance, the black man’s right to his body, or woman’s right to her soul.
The demand for equal rights in every vocation of life is just and fair; but, after all, the most vital right is the right to love and be loved.
Poor human nature, what horrible crimes have been committed in thy name!
The most unpardonable sin in society is independence of thought.
Every daring attempt to make a great change in existing conditions, every lofty vision of new possibilities for the human race, has been labeled Utopian.
Free love? as if love is anything but free. Man has bought brains, but all the millions in the world have failed to buy love.
The most violent element in society is ignorance.
If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution.
Women are the only exploited group in history to have been idealized into powerlessness.
And the crazy part of it was even if you were clever, even if you spent your adolescence reading John Donne and Shaw, even if you studied history or zoology or physics and hoped to spend your life pursuing some difficult and challenging career, you still had a mind full of all the soupy longings that every high-school girl was awash in… underneath it, all you longed to be was annihilated by love, to be swept off your feet, to be filled up by a giant prick spouting sperm, soapsuds, silk, and satins, and, of course, money.
We’ve got a generation now who were born with semiequality. They don’t know how it was before, so they think, this isn’t too bad. We’re working. We have our attache’ cases and our three piece suits. I get very disgusted with the younger generation of women. We had a torch to pass, and they are just sitting there. They don’t realize it can be taken away. Things are going to have to get worse before they join in fighting the battle.
Women are the only oppressed group in our society that lives in intimate association with their oppressors.
Fairuza Balk: (feelings on breast implants)
I hate them. I think they’re evil. Just imagine if anyone ever tried to exhume your body in 20 years all that they would find is a pile of dust and two bags of plastic saline/silicone…gross.
Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but she did it backwards and in high heels.
There are very few jobs that actually require a penis or vagina. All other jobs should be open to everybody.
Man has no greater enemy than himself.
Sameness is the mother of disgust, variety the cure.
Suspicion is the cancer of friendship.
Five enemies of peace inhabit with us – avarice, ambition, envy, anger, and pride; if these were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace.
I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.
I’m more inspired by certain artists that I vibe with their space. I understand where they’re coming from, or they have a sort of honesty that I can relate to. That inspires me to be honest. Most of the stuff I write comes from my journal, and poetry, and personal thought experience. As far as writers, I’m very influenced by a lot of poets, and Malcom McLaren, ’cause they are extremely honest, and I love the way words can create such a visual image. The honest of some women have inspired me, such as Stevie Nicks and Annie Lennox, and more recently women like Tori Amos and Erika Badu are extremely honest where they’re coming from – at least to me. Very visual lyrically.
Men are from Earth, women are from Earth. Deal with it.
I love my love with an a, Because she is a queen I love my love and a a is the best of them Think well and be a king, Think more and think again.
A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.
This is no simple reform. It really is a revolution. Sex and race because they are easy and visible differences have been the primary ways of organizing human beings into superior and inferior groups and into the cheap labour in which this system still depends. We are talking about a society in which there will be no roles other than those chosen or those earned. We are really talking about humanism.
I’ve yet to be on a campus where most women weren’t worrying about some aspect of combining marriage, children, and a career. I’ve yet to find one where many men were worrying about the same thing.
Most women are one man away from welfare.
Some of us are becoming the men we wanted to marry.
We’ve begun to raise daughters more like sons… but few have the courage to raise our sons more like our daughters.
Women with body image or eating disorders are not a special category, just more extreme in their response to a culture that emphasizes thinness and impossible standards of appearance for women instead of individuality and health.
One day, an army of gray-haired women may quietly take over the earth.
A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men.
One cannot consent to creep when one has an impulse to soar.
Any intelligent woman who reads the marriage contract, and then goes into it, deserves all the consequences.
I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.
A man has every season while a woman only has the right to spring.
To be a revolutionary you have to be a human being. You have to care about people who have no power.
Jane Galvin Lewis:
You don’t have to be anti-man to be pro-woman.
Several men I can think of are as capable, as smart, as funny, as compassionate, and as confused – as remarkable you might say – as most women.
I’m bi everything; sexual, coastal, political, controversial. I think if you find your comfortable sexual preference then that’s excellent. Everybody knows that I’m a huge fan of gay men and drag queens and would not be who I am today without their help, support and make-up tips.
I’m religiously celibate except in LA, NOLA, FLA, because there is certainly no God in any of those places. So unless you live in one of those places I’m really no good to you.
The first time I ever saw Lydia Lunch perform it was a religious experience. Not only is she intelligent and beautiful but she actually understands how “my” brain works. This almost rivals my first concert- Cindy Lauper when I was 12. She was so fascinating to me at the time. She made me want to dye my hair pink and start a band. (SO I naturally did)… All Cure records have had a great effect on me musically also.
There are plenty of female artists that I consider feminist, Le Tigre, Peaches, The Gossip, Sleater Kinney, PJ Harvey- the list is endless. I think there’s certain stigma attached to the word “feminist”. I feel a lot of people confuse feminist with MAN-HATER which is not the correct definition by any means. Webster’s defines it as such – 1 : the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes 2 : organized activity on behalf of women’s rights and interests So until people see the difference between a feminist and a man-hater I think there will always be a certain assumption when a female artist considers herself one and says it in print. & Yes, I do consider myself a feminist and I am saying it in print.”–Jessicka Fodera “Everyone has personal insecurities I know I sure do and everyday it’s an uphill battle to do my best to practice what I preach. I’ve definitely been guilty of having cocaine confidence and then the next day hate what I see in the mirror. Ask yourself what is the source
of my self hatred? If you think the source of the so-called flaws you see are based in prejudice then recognize that and don’t give it credit it doesn’t deserve.
I like Le Tigre a lot and listen to many riot acts ( Bikini Kill, Oiler, Huggy Bear, Slant6, Tribe 8, Cold Cold Hearts,Bratmobile, 7 Year Bitch, Babes- Although I think Babes are as riot as JOJ was) though I don’t consider myself a riot grrl I believe in a lot of the same things they do.
Don’t let people tell you that you aren’t pretty enough, strong enough, or smart enough. You and only you are in charge of that.
The Runaways’ audience was 90 percent male. That was kind of depressing…Why don’t women-our own gender-come out and support us?
Girls got balls. They’re just a little higher up.
Jo Johnson: (Huggy Bear)
Our Situation was different to the one the American Riot Grrrls were responding to. The Underground in London had deteriorated totally, there wasn’t really much of an alternative… ‘indie’ just became an abstract term for a style of music, not ideas or values, ’cause they were all signing to major labels. The notion of selling out wasn’t important. Punk rock wasn’t important. Fanzines were seen as a sad joke so we had to explain stuff that might have been obvious to American kids but was alien to young British kids. The reasons for being independent were snorted at.
We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love on another.
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’s confronted with it. We need equality. Kinda now.
Julia Ward Howe:
When I see the elaborate study and ingenuity displayed by women in the pursuit of trifles, I feel no doubt of their capacity for the most herculean undertakings.
Karen Hill: (Huggy Bear)
The best conversation I had after a show was about astronomy, which has inspired me to learn about the stars… Y’see we are capable of talking without it being overtly sexual or political.
I was born into the body of an artist, a body of adversity. My body fights against itself and I fight against the world.
I was 19 when I started playing guitar and bass. I’ve been playing music though, (violin, clarinet, piano) ever since I can remember.
We’re all strong personality types, which anyone who knows us will testify as truth, it’s hard for any of us to sublimate our natural contrary anti-ness reactions, but ultimately I think that’s our real power. We’re not afraid to be bitchy, which is an important skill to have sometimes, to fight so you get your way. We have respect for each other so that we can disagree and it’s not a big deal.
I think it freaks people out. People always come up to me after a show and go, ‘why didn’t you turn around once?’ Why should I face the audience because everyone else on stage does?
There’s this whole thing about ‘here I am.’ But no, I’m just here on the stage.
The whole girl thing, Tobi told me about when we were first starting the band. When girls are growing up, they hang out together. But at some point, 12 or 13 it depends, something happens. Boys come in and it all gets fucked up because of the boy-girl thing. Then girls can’t hang out with girls.
I don’t know how many friendships have gotten fucked up for me just because of dumb boy things. It’s totally unnecessary.
“Or you can’t be calling boys to task at the same time as you’re making out with them. Give me a break. Or something like, ‘But I thought you hated all men? Like if you don’t hate all men, then what are you talking about?’
“What (some) bands do is go, ‘It’s not important that I’m a girl, it’s just important that I want to rock.’ And that’s cool. But that’s more of an assimilationist thing. It’s like they just want to be allowed to join the world as it is; whereas I’m more into revolution and radicalism and changing the whole structure. What I’m into is making the world different for me to live in.
I hate the attitude of, ‘oh we already have a Lydia Lunch, so we do we need a Bikini Kill.’ Well, there’s like 2 hundered million all-male bands writting ‘baby baby I love you, let me drag you around on my ankle.’ Is that enough already? Duh!
We need each other. Discouraging words, belittling other girls in front of boys, laughing looks…have no place here. Dialogue does. Let’s make girl love real, okay?
You try to make me crazy, you try to make me scared, you try to make me crazy. I think you’re a fucking drag.
I won’t stop talking. I am a girl you have no control over. There is not a gag big enough to handle this mouth.
I don’t want to write songs about rape and male domination for the rest of my life. Yet people expect the same thing over and over. And if you stop doing it, you’re called a sell-out.
Drugs keep us thinking about scoring-not thinking about fucking this society up. Why not fuck up the government instead of fucking up yr body?
Why yes, I feel like I’m being gawked at live. Part of the thing that is really weird for me is that I used to be an exotic dancer and I find that sometimes there’s not really that much of a difference between playing in a punk bar and being a stripper except for I have my clothes on. A lot of men come with the same exact attitudes that guys do that come to a strip bar. They think, “Oh, it’s a girl band, we’ll go and watch their butts and their tits or something like that.” They don’t don’t think of us as performers they just think of us sorta like seals that jump through hoops that have tits. Like the guys tonight saying ‘take your clothes off.’
It’s not taking my perspective into account cause I did that shit for fucking seven years and it’s not funny to me. I have to deal with sexism every day so it’s like maybe boys can find that really funny and humorous, I don’t have the luxury to find that humorous. I live it every fucking day. That’s not funny to me, and if I say it’s not funny, it’s not funny. You know what I mean? It’s like there’s no argument there, whether it’s funny or not, if I say I don’t find it funny it means, ‘hey, be cool to me and respect me, your joke is not my joke.’
Fuck yeah, do you feel like a freak show ever? Riding on the bus, fucking guys calling you fags and shit, I’m sure that happens doesn’t it?
So what? Boys should touch each other more, I mean, they don’t fucking have to beat each other up. It’s the only reason they beat people up is because they want to fuck each other.
There’s a lot of trust. If Tobi sang something that seemed a little weird, I would assume that there was a really good reason for it. I’d assume she knew what she was doing.
I think that party in Oakland was totally fun. The thing that was cool this time was that there were so many dyke girls there. So many right in the front that were totally yelling. I felt like I could do anything that I wanted because they were totally right there. I felt really protected. I felt like I could fuck with people a lot more. I felt really comfortable.
It’s one of the only times when it’s supposedly okay to touch each other. Like to touch each other’s hair. It’s one of the only time I thought it was safe to not be heterosexual. We’ve all been dealing with issues of our heterosexuality.
They’re wearing their “I hate girls” t-shirts, riding their bikes. We spend all this time trying to convince them that we’re cool rather than hanging out with each other. That’s something that I’ve learned from being in Bikini Kill. I was really nervous about being onstage with the band that I was in before. We toured and I spent a lot of time explaining to boys that what I was going was valid instead of really getting in touch at shows with the girls who were there. Guys would come up to me and ask me if I was a man-hater. I would sit there and explain and explain. Really I was wasting my energy. I still get really nervous before we have to play. So we came up with four points that we use to respond to guys. If they’re cool, then maybe a dialogue will happen. But id they’re not cool, they get all four answers.
We’re pro-violent revolution. We’re also pro-revolution everyday.
It’d be like saying girls aren’t okay just for being girls, which is what people are always telling girls – that they’re dumb and their opinions don’t matter. We want to be empowering and encouraging, and how can you do anything if you feel like shit about yourself and like what you say doesn’t matter?
I think one things that’s really important in the boy community or whatever, or the boy things, is like, to realize that oppression is a two-way street. You know what I mean? That it’s like, white men are really missing out – I don’t wanna say white men are oppressed but…
What I’m saying is that I think that way that masculinity has been constructed in our society is fucking boys up. Because, even if you just look at it on a personal level, it’s like, I can’t hang out with boys who haven’t educated themselves or been educated in some meaningful way about sexism. And so it’s like, the guys who wanna be friends with me are just gonna miss out, you know? And I happen to think I am a pretty cool friend to have, you know what I mean? The way I look at it, it’s just a lot more complex than saying white man equals evil (although that is a perfectly fine thing to say sometimes).
You guys are seriously missing out unless you all start listening to girls.
To me, people have to be aware that to be gay or queer or whatever in this world right now means that you’re basically being given shit all the time. You know, constantly. And in a different way than if you’re black. You’re dealing with a certain non-stop discrimination that really dictates their behavior. Like, I know plenty of gay women who won’t kiss in public. You know what I mean? Well, I wanted to ask you about how Riot Grrrl deals with the male, white person. Like how you want to see males get involved in terms of forwarding what you want to do, and actually bettering the situation overall.
Oh yeah, we should get back to the original question, of like what can the boys do to help or something? Well, personally I think it’s crucial that boys talk to each other about their own sexisms, their own experiences as oppressors, and get used to recognizing how their behavior/action may be affecting women. And there’s all sorts of ways they can get information about what all different kinds of women/ladies and girls think. Like aside from just vampiring the females that they might know. Like there are lots of books and records and fanzines that they can seek out. Plus guys have to realize that their very presence may be censoring and demanding to women, so there are gonna be times when they just shouldn’t be around, you know? And bitching about this just adds to the whole problem anyways, cos it’s not about exclusion. It’s about safety.
Kathleen Hanna: (on modern music)
Just because you’re wearing a goofy hat doesn’t make it performance art.
Kathleen Hanna: (on writing the song “Keep On Livin'”)
I was writing it originally about coming out as a sexual abuse survivor, but it can really be about any kind of emotional trauma.
Kathleen Hanna: (on Katy Perry’s “I Kissed A Girl” song)
The whole thing is like, I kissed a girl so my boyfriend could masturbate about it later. It’s disgusting. It’s exactly every male fantasy of fake lesbian porn.
Jason Mraz, and the new James Blunt song is the worst thing that has ever been created on the face of the earth.
I always tell girls who say they want to start a band but don’t have any talent, well, neither do I. I mean, I can carry a tune, but anyone who picks up a bass can figure it out. You don’t have to have magic unicorn powers. You work at it, and you get better. It’s like anything: You sit there and do it every day, and eventually you get good at it.
Kathleen Hanna: (on what she is happy to see from the 1990’s revival coming back)
Young girls getting into feminism.
I feel like there’s this weird thing that as a feminist band you get put in this role as ambassadors.
Clearly, gay marriage is on the top of the agenda right now. It’s pretty amazing, considering where stuff was at when I was in high-school, when there were no LGBT Gay-Straight Alliances or any of that stuff. Am I a huge Lady Gaga fan? No, but I think some of the stuff she does that helps LGBT kids is amazing. And it’s great that that’s mainstream. It’s fantastic that there’s a pop star who’s willing to put herself out in that way.
There are so many great artists that are doing interesting things, that I don’t want to focus on boring people.
Kathleen Hanna: (in a BUST magazine interview in 2000)
My mom was a housewife, and wasn’t somebody that people would think of as a feminist, and when Ms. Magazine came out we were incredibly inspired by it. I used to cut pictures out of it and make posters that said, “Girls can do anything”, and stuff like that, and my mom was inspired to work at a basement of a church doing anti-domestic violence work. Then she took me to the Soidarity Day thing, and it was the first time I had ever been in a big crowd of women yelling, and it really made me want to do it forever.
Kathleen Hanna: (on abortion)
It was one of the first things I did on my own; I worked at McDonald’s, raised the money and did it. I’m really, really passionate about pro-choice, because I wouldn’t be here talking to you right now if I’d had a kid at 15.
I wasn’t nervous when I started playing. I’d already been stripping! If I could take my clothes off, I could definitely play this guitar in front of people.
All I watch is ‘The Simpsons’, & that Nothern Exposure Show, I’d like to be that Indian lady on that.
I always wanted to rebel.
Women are natural anarchists.
Are you gonna liberate us girls from male white corporate oppression?
The future of rock belongs to women.
Being a female, the crowds tend to expect a little less. I come out in really tight clothing and lots of cleavage showing. So if anyone was going to get a beer or smoke a cigarette, they’re going to sit down. Two songs later they’re going to forget that I have tits and think, ‘Hey, great music.’ There’s a science to the whole thing.
To me, “Sexual Freedom” means freedom from having to have sex.
I don’t want to change. I don’t ever want to be a stuck-up asshole. I mean, some people probably think I am now, but I don’t care what they think, because I know I’m not. I’m a down to earth person. I always have time for my fans. I don’t care who they are, what they look like, if they’re rich or poor, pretty or ugly. I always have time for them. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for them, and I’ll never forget that.
To this day my favorite albums are heavy metal albums.
Liz Stanley and Sue Wise:
Feminism directly confronts the idea that one person or set of people [has] the right to impose definitions of reality on others.
I think, therefore I’m single.
Men are taught to apologize for their weaknesses, but women for their strengths.
A man who correctly guesses a woman’s age may be smart, but he’s not very bright.
The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.
Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.
The world has never yet seen a truly great and virtuous nation because in the degradation of woman the very fountains of life are poisoned at their source.
When we talk about equal pay for equal work, women in the workplace are beginning to catch up. If we keep going at this current rate, we will achieve full equality in about 475 years. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait that long.
All the true diversity that people are capable of experiencing and expressing, of needing in their sexual, domestic, and working lives and of contributing to society, is repressed by gender…Gender difference is not true difference at all…The good qualities deemed masculine-courage, strength, skill, for instance-and the good qualities seen as feminine-tenderness, the ability to feel and express feelings-should be qualities available to all and recognized and acclaimed wherever they occur, regardless of the sex of the person…Any society we set out to organize anew would surely be a celebration of multiplicity and individual difference.
Lynn Breedlove: (Tribe 8)
I cut off a rubber dick in context of talking about gang rape. It’s a cathartic ritual; it makes us feel like we are getting some kind of revenge. No, we’re not cutting off any real dicks.
Lynn Payne: (Tribe 8)
You get hot onstage and you take off yr shirt. Men have been doing that forever. I’m playing, I’m hot, I’m taking off my shirt!
There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.
I’m tough, I’m ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay.
To call women the weaker sex is a libel: it is man’s injustice to woman. If by strength is meant brute strength, then indeed, is woman less brute than man. If by strength is meant moral power, then woman is immeasurably man’s superior. Has she not greater intuition, is she not more self-sacrificing, has she not greater powers of endurance, has she not greater courage? Without her, man would not be. If non-violence is the law of our being, the future is with women.
I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers.
Does feminist mean large unpleasant person who’ll shout at you or someone who believes women are human beings. To me it’s the latter, so I sign up.
Every time we liberate a woman, we liberate a man.
Anthropology demands the open-mindedness with which one must look and listen, record in astonishment and wonder that which one would not have been able to guess.
I can’t be a rose in any man’s lapel.
O, siren, with the mocking tongue! O beauty, lily-sweet and white! I see her, slim and fair and young. And ah! I cannot sleep tonight.
A wise girl kisses but doesn’t love, listens but doesn’t believe, and leaves before she is left.
I wish someone would have told me that, just because I’m a girl, I don’t have to get married.
One of the things about equality is not just that you be treated equally to a man, but that you treat yourself equally to the way you treat a man.
If all men are born free, how is it that all women are born slaves?
Mary Tyler Moore:
There is a dark side. I tend not to be as optimistic as Mary Richards. I have an anger in me that I carry from my childhood experiences — I expect a lot of myself and I’m not too kind to myself.
Mary Tyler Moore:
Diabetes is an all-too-personal time bomb which can go off today, tomorrow, next year, or 10 years from now – a time bomb affecting millions like me and the children here today.
Women are systematically degraded by receiving the trivial attentions which men think it manly to pay to the sex, when, in fact, men are insultingly supporting their own superiority.
I do not wish them to have power over men, but over themselves.
Taught from infancy that beauty is a woman’s sceptre, the mind shapes itself to the body, and roaming round its gilt cage, only seeks to adorn its prison.
I will feel equality has arrived when we can elect to office women who are as incompetent as some of the men who are already there.
Maya Angelou: (in Chris Orr, “Moms and Whoopi: Pioneers of Black Theater”, Plexus, November 1983)
How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!
Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I’m not cute or built to suit a models’s fasion size but when I start to tell them they think I’m telling lies. I say it’s in the reach of my arms, the span of my hips, the stride of my steps, the curl of my lips. I’m a woman. Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman. That’s me.
It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.
If we lose love and self respect for each other, this is how we finally die.
If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.
Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.
I believe we are still so innocent. The species are still so innocent that a person who is apt to be murdered believes that the murderer, just before he puts the final wrench on his throat, will have enough compassion to give him one sweet cup of water.
I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.
You’ve got to keep screaming even if no one is listening, and love like it’s never going to hurt.
Michele Le Doeuff:
A feminist is a woman who does not allow anyone to think in her place.
No one sex can govern alone. I believe that one of the reasons why civilization has failed so lamentably is that is had one-sided government.
We are in the midst of a violent backlash againist feminism that uses images of female beauty as political weapons against women’s advancement.
Niki Elliott: (Huggy Bear)
We did women-only shows to challenge the acceptance of violence against women on all levels. The women as the centre of things. Seperatist shows do not revolve around stopping boys from coming to shows- they are a way of bringing women/girls together and actually feeling different for our pleasure.
Nina Gordon: (Veruca Salt)
Shimmer like a girl should.
The basis of optimism is sheer terror.
All women are rebels.
Pearl S. Buck:
The basic discovery about any people is the discovery of the relationship between its men and its women.
Some people think little girls should be seen and not heard…OH BONDAGE UP YRS!
I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat, or a prostitute.
Rita Mae Brown:
Any woman whose I.Q. hovers above her body temperature must be a feminist.
Women are not inherently passive or peaceful. We’re not inherently anything but human.
You don’t make movies to win awards. You make movies because you want people to see them.
I don’t know if directors go, ‘Hey! We’ve got another suicide–let’s call Robin Tunney! It’s weird, but they’re all different, and I guess it gives the characters some kind of power… At least I play women who are strong enough to take the power into their own hands! And kill themselves! So many women in films just shoot themselves in the head anyway, because they’re not really there for any reason.
I went to Catholic high school, so my being in this [the craft] is not going to make my grandmother very happy. It’s funny, because I was the only one who is Catholic in it. You have this thing in mass where you have to genuflect before you go into the pew, so I said you have to do this [for a scene] and they said why, and I said because you have to; I don’t know why, it’s a rule. Or like instinct. It’s funny they set in a Catholic school. I went to St. Ignatius College Prep – “Where Modesty is our Policy.”
The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it.
They get you they stick your ass in pink the minute you’re born. I was redecorating my kitchen and it said, “The color pink inspires passivity” I damn near went through the roof on that one. They stick your ass in pink and give you a Barbie doll with fucking mutilated feet, that’s the first thing they stick in your head. They fuck with your head your whole fucking growing up years.
It’s my job to spread deviance to the American youth.
Rose McGowan: (on the sinister reputation of her ex-fiance Marilyn Manson)
I always thought I was more satanic than Manson.
I think if I had lived back in Salem, I would have been burned at the stake.
I am going to be pretty kick a$$ by the time I’m thirty, and I can’t wait!!
I find this proposed amendment very, very, very, very shocking. And immoral. And, you know, if civil disobedience is the way to go about change, then I think a lot of people will be going to San Francisco.
Rosie O’Donnell: (talking to a heckler, from her stand-up rountines)
Stop at a drug store, buy a condom, and put it over your head. If you act like a dick, you might as well dress like one.
Sally Kempton: (attributed)
I became a feminist as an alternative to becoming a masochist.
Men will often admit other women are oppressed but not you.
The emotional, sexual, and psychological stereotyping of females begins when the doctor says, “It’s a girl.”
Simone de Beauvior:
All oppression creates a state of war.
Simone de Beauvior:
One is not born a woman, one becomes one.
Simone de Beauvior:
I am too intelligent, too demanding, and too resourceful for anyone to be able to take charge of me entirely. No one knows me or loves me completely. I have only myself.
The beauty of religious mania is that it has the power to explain everything. Once God (or Satan) is accepted as the first cause of everything which happens in the mortal world, nothing is left to chance… logic can be happily tossed out the window.
Susan B. Anthony:
Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less.
Susan B. Anthony:
It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union.
Susan B. Anthony:
Resolved, that the women of this nation in 1876, have greater cause for discontent, rebellion, and revolution than the men of 1776.
Your body hurts me.
Jealousy can open the blood, it can make black roses.
This is the room I have never been in, this is the room I could never breathe in.
Their hands and faces stiff with holiness.
Now I am silent, hate up to my neck.
And my heart too small too bandage their terrible faults.
The vivid tulips eat my oxygen.
The tulips are too red…they hurt me.
A living doll, everywhere you look.
Like a cat I have nine times to die.
I turn and burn. Do not think I underestimate your great concern.
I eat men like air.
I think my poems immediately come out of the sensuous and emotional experiences I have… I believe that one should be able to control and manipulate experiences, even the most terrific, like madness, being tortured, [that] one should be able to manipulate these experiences with an informed and an intelligent mind.
Poetry, I feel, is a tyrannical discipline, you’ve got to go so far, so fast, in such a small space that you’ve just got to turn away all the peripherals.
I much prefer doctors, midwives, lawyers, anything but writers. I think writers and artists are the most narcissistic people.
And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.
Dying is an art, like everything else. I do it exceptionally well. I do it so it feels like hell. I do it so it feels real. I guess you could say I’ve a call.
How frail the human heart must be –a mirrored pool of thought…
I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead; I lift my eyes and all is born again.
I talk to God but the sky is empty.
I took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart. I am. I am. I am.
If neurotic is wanting two mutually exclusive things at one and the same time, then I’m neurotic as hell. I’ll be flying back and forth between one mutually exclusive thing and another for the rest of my days.
The blood jet is poetry and there is no stopping it.
There must be quite a few things that a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them.
Widow. The word consumes itself.
People say I should shut my mouth. But fuck that, I am woman – hear me motherfuckin’ ROAR!
In my other bands, it was all really macho, and I kind of had to be macho too – I had to be angry, tough and hard. But now, I can be vunerable if I want. I don’t have to scream all the time. Now I can like men!
I don’t wanna be a role model. I’d like to be an inspiration.
Don’t be like me – fuck, be like yourself!
Stand in your own truth and you will command respect.
If Robb Flynn speaks out, he’s a strong man. But when a woman does it, she’s a nightmare, big mouthed bitch. Its the same shit we’ve been fighting against the whole time and I’m sick of it. I’m not some psychopath. Its ridiculous.
I don’t think there’s anywhere to draw the line sexually.
I’m not a Jesus freak, I’m not a satan worshipper. I’m a contradiction, a juxtaposition.
For girls to pick up guitars and scream their heads off in a totally oppressive, fucked up, male dominated culture is to seize power. We recognize this as a political act.
I understand why some women/girls/ladies don’t want to be women-identified ‘cuz it totally complicates your band identity and no one seems to pay much attention to the music or what you’re doing. We have chosen to be girl-identified (although Billy isn’t a girl!), because we want to encourage other women/girls to play music. When I was growing up, I found it discouraging to have all these women in bands not wanting to address the issue of gender…we’re interested in what women are doing.
Me and Billy don’t really talk a lot during our shows. Kathleen is putting herself out on the line a lot more than we are. We give her a lot of freedom even though we might not agree with everything she says, in fact we hardly ever do… Well no, it’s true, we give her a lot of freedom because she is putting herself in a position where she could get beat up at any moment. She can have full control of the stage while she’s on it. It’s just a matter of trust. We’re a lot more shy. That’s probably why she’s singer.
That’s what we mean by girl culture. There’s a whole girl culture that exists when you’re little. There girls have their own scene. And it always gets totally fucked up when girls start dating boys. Like two of them like the same guy. Or they just start dating guys and that becomes their life. Then they get married and that’s traditionally how women get into these situations where they are totally separated from each other in these domestic spheres. What we want to say is, ‘no, that’s not happening to us. This is girl culture and these are our rituals’.”
A lot of cool girls won’t say a word to each other just because they’ve dated the same boy. We’re just saying that’s fuckin’ bullshit. In fact, by saying that, it’s totally affected people that we’ve met.
If girls are ever going to start to be in bands as the norm rather than as the exception. They need to see people up there that have just started playing. That’s something that had gotten lost. I think that’s why there are so many great girl punk rock bands now. It’s like you have to make up your own rules because the old rules don’t apply. You just have to start with what you have.
There aren’t enough girl drummers.
We’re for violent revolution.
In our minds, love and lust are really separated. It’s hard to find someone that can be kind and you can trust enough to leave your kids with, and isn’t afraid to throw her man up against the wall and lick him from head to toe.
Some of the most wonderful people are the ones who don’t fit into boxes.
Women must understand that simply attacking or hating men is just another form of disempowerment. A woman has to realize that when she makes a man crawl it doesn’t give her power.
You have to really respect your path, or you will lose your mind.
I hope that these songs will enter people’s lives and make them realize that they are not alone.
You can’t change what happened. And nobody’s asking you to forgive. But you can’t associate all men with violence.
You don’t have to justify everything. Being pissed off is just absolutely okay.
Death is somewhere inside me. She was the kind of girl all the girls wanted to be, I believe, because of her acceptance of ‘what is.’ She keeps reminding me there is change in the ‘what is’ but change cannot be made till you accept the ‘what is.
I’m a grown woman. I’ve earned my experiences, my scars.
You have to crawl into the wounds to discover what your fears are. Once the bleeding starts, the cleansing can begin.
If you allow yourself to feel the way you really feel, maybe you won’t be afraid of that feeling anymore.
I think that the nightmares are telling me things about myself that I need to know. And I try to understand what they mean, so I can get to know something more about my soul.
Sometimes those demons are frightening and sometimes they’re beautiful.
You have to really respect your path, or you will lose your mind.
The idea is to rescue myself from the role of a victim. That I have a choice left. Though I can’t change what has happened, I can choose how to react. And I don’t want to spend the rest of my life being bitter and locked up.
I realized that what was most important to me was following my own path, and not the one laid down for me by others.
People think I’m nuts because I can sit in a room and be happy by myself.
I don’t see myself as weird, I just see myself as honest.
I really respect anybody who stands by their truth.
The last thing I want to be known as is ‘The Girl Who Got Raped’. The big turn around you make in your head is from victim to survivor.
Valerie Agnew: (7 year bitch)
I’m very much an advocate of women becoming familiar and comfortable with guns. They have every right to carry a gun and blow the motherfucking head off any guy who climbs in your window or fucks with you in any way.
Women have served all these centuries as looking glasses possessing the magic and delicious power of reflecting the figure of man at twice its natural size.
Wilma Scott Heide:
The only jobs for which no man is qualified are human incubators and wet nurse. Likewise, the only job for which no woman is or can be qualified is sperm donor.
Author Unknown: (quoted in “The Torch” September 14, 1987)
Because women’s work is never done and is underpaid or unpaid or boring or repetitious and we’re the first to get fired and what we look like is more important than what we do and if we get raped it’s our fault and if we get beaten we must have provoked it and if we raise our voices we’re nagging bitches and if we enjoy sex we’re nymphos and if we don’t we’re frigid and if we love women it’s because we can’t get a “real” man and if we ask our doctor too many questions we’re neurotic and/or pushy and if we expect childcare we’re selfish and if we stand up for our rights we’re aggressive and “unfeminine” and if we don’t we’re typical weak females and if we want to get married we’re out to trap a man and if we don’t we’re unnatural and because we still can’t get an adequate safe contraceptive but men can walk on the moon and if we can’t cope or don’t want a pregnancy we’re made to feel guilty about abortion and…for lots of other reasons we are part of the women’s liberation movement.
Sexism is a social disease.