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Feminism is sort of like God.
by Aaron Allston

Feminism is sort of like God.
Many people profess to believe in it,
but no one seems to be able to define it to everyone's satisfaction.
- Aaron Allston

Lawyers are the first refuge of the incompetent.
- Aaron Allston

Any sufficiently badly-written science is indistinguishable from magic.
- Aaron Allston

I'm content to stand on tradition.
I'm even more content to wipe my feet on it.
- Aaron Allston

 

The principle of Sturgeon's Razor states that the simplest
answer to any problem is 90% crap.
- Aaron Allston

Where can I get some tat? I'd like to trade it in.
- Aaron Allston

I really can't complain about actresses who get paid to be dumb.
Most of us can't get paid to be smart.
- Aaron Allston

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Life is like an analogy.
- Aaron Allston

There are two types of people in the world,
and I'm one of them.
- Aaron Allston

No one pays me to be nice.
- Aaron Allston

This would not be a problem if I were driving a snowplow.
- Aaron Allston

Definition of 'Free': You pay for it whether or not you elect to receive it.
- Aaron Allston

When all else fails, complicate matters.
- Aaron Allston

If you hack the Vatican server, have you tampered in God's domain?
- Aaron Allston

Violence is the first refuge of the violent.
- Aaron Allston

The difference between tragedy and comedy:
Tragedy is something awful happening to somebody else,
while comedy is something awful happening to somebody else.
- Aaron Allston

Luck consists largely of hanging on by your fingernails
until things start to go your way.
- Aaron Allston

The way to a man's heart is through his chest.
- Aaron Allston

The analysis of the thing is not the thing itself.
- Aaron Allston

I used to think feminism was a liberating force -
now I see many of those people are just censors under a different name.
- Lydia Lunch

I am trying to make art that relates to the deepest
and most mythic concerns of human kind and I believe that,
at this moment of history, feminism is humanism.
- Judy Chicago

Feminism is hated because women are hated.
Anti-feminism is a direct expression of misogyny;
it is the political defense of women hating.
- Andrea Dworkin

Feminism is doomed to failure because it is based on
an attempt to repeal and restructure human nature.
- Phyllis Schlafly

I got more and more politically active and just followed
the course of feminism and sexual liberation.
- Susie Bright

The cornerstone of the political correctness that dominates
campus culture is radical feminism.
- Phyllis Schlafly

I think feminism has had a major impact on anthropology.
- Clifford Geertz

Words like feminism or democracy scare me.
They are words with barnacles on them,
and you can't see what's underneath.
- William Collins

Feminism was established to allow unattractive women
easier access to the mainstream.
- Rush Limbaugh

It's tragic when people think feminism is a dirty word.
- Siobhan Fahey

There's a side of me that dislikes feminism.
I think we surrendered something and women were unable
to reveal any kind of vulnerability.
- Rachel Hunter

I think Julia is defining a new feminism.
It's the power of the open heart.
And its ok to be sexual.
- Kenny Loggins

First I would probably place men at the bottom of the food chain.
On a grander scale, I would say they're reacting to change.
Feminism has got to be part of that.
- Neil LaBute

Feminism encourages women to leave their husbands,
kill their children, practice witchcraft,
destroy capitalism and become lesbians.
- Pat Robertson

He travels fastest who travels alone,
and that goes double for she.
Real feminism is spinsterhood.
- Florence King

Feminism is a good venue for getting yourself across
as much as for getting your point across.
- Elizabeth Wurtzel

Feminism's agenda is basic: It asks that women not
be forced to choose between public justice and private happiness.
- Susan Faludi

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.
- Rebecca West

Until women learn to want economic independence,
and until they work out a way to get this independence
without denying themselves the joys of love and motherhood,
it seems to me feminism has no roots.
- Crystal Eastman

Feminism is an entire world view or gestalt,
not just a laundry list of women's issues.
- Charlotte Bunch

Feminism - the word - can give us a handle,
a rallying point, a common ground, and help us build a bridge.
Why not claim the gift of the word as a place to begin?
- Betty Buckley

'I hate discussions of feminism that end up with who does the dishes,'
she said.
So do I. But at the end, there are always the damned dishes.
- Marilyn French

My idea of feminism is self-determination,
and it's very open-ended: every woman has the right to become herself,
and do whatever she needs to do.
- Ani DiFranco

The word, and the concept of feminism,
was a gift because it gave me a sense of identity and
a way of defining how I wished to live my life.
- Betty Buckley

Feminism is a political mistake.
Feminism is a mistake made by women's intellect,
a mistake which her instinct will recognize.
- Valentine de Saint-Point

My feminism is humanism, with the weakest being those who I represent,
and that includes many beings and life forms,
including some men.
- Sandra Cisneros

The left ask people to believe that there is no conflict
between feminism and the family.
- Christopher Lasch

What, do you think that feminism means you hate men?
- Cyndi Lauper

One of the greatest gifts of Black feminism to ourselves
has been to make it a little easier simply to be Black and female.
- Barbara Smith

I'm writing a review of three books on feminism and science,
and it's about social constructionism.
So I would say I'm a social constructionist,
whatever that means.
- Clifford Geertz

Sexual harassment law is very important.
But I think it would be a mistake if the sexual harassment
law movement is the only way in which feminism is known in the media.
- Judith Butler

Has feminism made us all more conscious? I think it has.
Feminist critiques of anthropological masculine bias
have been quite important,
and they have increased my sensitivity to that kind of issue.
- Clifford Geertz

Even now, after whatever gains feminism has made in
involving fathers in the rearing of their children,
I still think virtually all of us spend the most formative
years of our lives very much in the presence of women.
- Reynolds Price

Feminism is dated? Yes, for privileged women like my
daughter and all of us here today,
but not for most of our sisters in the rest of the
world who are still forced into premature marriage,
prostitution, forced labor - they have children that
they don't want or they cannot feed.
- Isabel Allende

Feminism is a socialist, anti-family,
political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands,
kill their children, practice witchcraft,
destroy capitalism and become lesbians.
- Pat Robertson

Out with stereotypes, feminism proclaims.
But stereotypes are the west's stunning sexual personae,
the vehicles of art's assault against nature.
The moment there is imagination, there is myth.
- Camille Paglia

The Myth of Male Power dealt much more with the political issues,
the legal issues, sexual harassment,
date rape,
women who kill, and those issues were very much more
interfaced with the agendas of feminism.
- Warren Farrell

And the first commandment of feminism is:
I am woman;
thou shalt not tolerate strange gods who assert that
women have capabilities or often choose roles that
are different from men's.
- Phyllis Schlafly

It was critical to finding a way out.
I had assumed young women knew the history of feminism
and must have felt gratitude to the movement for the
opportunities that the work we have done has afforded them.
- Betty Buckley

People have accepted the media's idea of what feminism is,
but that doesn't mean that it's right or true or real.
Feminism is not monolithic.
Within feminism, there is an array of opinions.
- Judy Chicago

The young women in my classes are feisty and clever and believe,
often with the passion of youthful optimism,
that feminism is a battle already won.
I worry for them - and for my daughters,
too.
- Louise Brown

To recommend that women become identical to men,
would be simple reversal, and would defeat the whole point of androgyny,
and for that matter, feminism: in both,
the whole point is choice.
- Carolyn Heilbrun

Sotomayor's vainglorious lecture bromide about herself
as "a wise Latina" trumping white men is a vulgar embarrassment -
a vestige of the bad old days of male-bashing feminism.
- Camille Paglia

Change of any sort requires courage.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Apathy is a sort of living oblivion.
- Horace Greeley

Prejudice is a two-edged sword.
Like the steel sort of sword, it's very sharp, very useful,
and very dangerous if not properly mastered.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is no brief candle to me.
It is a sort of splendid torch
which I have got a hold of for the moment,
and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible
before handing it on to future generations.
- George Bernard Shaw

It's not much of a tail, but I'm sort of attached to it.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

People sort themselves into groups
of happy people and unhappy people
through two different, but complementary mechanisms,
influence and affinity.
I influence those around me
with my emotional state, either happy or unhappy.
At the same time, I feel an affinity
for others who are like me in some way -
in this case by sharing my emotional outlook on life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Chanting OM is sort of like MOOing backward.
- Anonymous

Sympathy constitutes friendship; but in love there is a sort of antipathy,
or opposing passion.
Each strives to be the other, and both together make up one whole.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

What's sort of interesting about the whole public relations
disaster that is the Net,
in some ways, is that the fundamentals are really good.
- Meg Whitman


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