"My response to the “I am not a feminist” internet phenomenon….
First of all, it’s clear you don’t know what feminism is. But I’m not going to explain it to you. You can google it. To quote an old friend, “I’m not the feminist babysitter.”
But here is what I think you should know.
You’re insulting every woman who was forcibly restrained in a jail cell with a feeding tube down her throat for your right to vote, less than 100 years ago.
You’re degrading every woman who has accessed a rape crisis center, which wouldn’t exist without the feminist movement.
You’re undermining every woman who fought to make marital rape a crime (it was legal until 1993).
You’re spitting on the legacy of every woman who fought for women to be allowed to own property (1848). For the abolition of slavery and the rise of the labor union. For the right to divorce. For women to be allowed to have access to birth control (Comstock laws). For middle and upper class women to be allowed to work outside the home (poor women have always worked outside the home). To make domestic violence a crime in the US (It is very much legal in many parts of the world). To make workplace sexual harassment a crime.
In short, you know not what you speak of. You reap the rewards of these women’s sacrifices every day of your life. When you grin with your cutsey sign about how you’re not a feminist, you ignorantly spit on the sacred struggle of the past 200 years. You bite the hand that has fed you freedom, safety, and a voice.
In short, kiss my ass, you ignorant little jerks."
"First we name.
Then we describe.
Then we compare.
Then we set one first, another last.
As soon as we start to name
it’s time to stop."
"I came to the conclusion long ago that all religions were true and that also that all had some error in them, and while I hold by my own religion, I should hold other religions as dear as Hinduism. So we can only pray, if we were Hindus, not that a Christian should become a Hindu; but our innermost prayer should be that a Hindu should become a better Hindu, a Muslim a better Muslim, and a Christian a better Christian."
"To live a life without having any fundamental expectations of anybody. This is a great freedom. You find you are almost un-shockable because something inside has switched off the button
of how things should be.
Our inmost Being yearns for this freedom again. Don’t get ahead of yourself preparing things, you move in your own way.
Whatever the life force expresses in terms of the dynamic expressions of life - let it be there."
"I want freedom for the full expression of my personality."
"When you do talk about yourself, or talk to yourself, or you have that tape running in your head about yourself… try to picture you talking to your own daughter, or your younger sister. Because you would tell your younger sister or your daughter that she was beautiful, and you wouldn’t be lying. Because she is. And so are you."