Gloria Steinem

United States feminist (born in 1934)

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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.
Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.
A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.
America is an enormous frosted cupcake in the middle of millions of starving people.
Any woman who chooses to behave like a full human being should be warned that the armies of the status quo will treat her as something of a dirty joke. That's their natural and first weapon. She will need her sisterhood.
At my graduation, I thought we had to marry what we wished to become. Now you are becoming the men you once would have wished to marry.
Being able to support oneself allows one to choose a marriage out of love and not just economic dependence. It also allows one to risk that marriage.
Each individual woman's body demands to be accepted on its own terms.
Evil is obvious only in retrospect.
Happy or unhappy, families are all mysterious.
If men menstruated, they would brag about how much and for how long.
Logic is in the eye of the logician.
Most American children suffer too much mother and too little father.
Pornography is about dominance. Erotica is about mutuality.
Some of us are becoming the men we wanted to marry.
The authority of any governing institution must stop at its citizen's skin.
The family is the basic cell of government: it is where we are trained to believe that we are human beings or that we are chattel, it is where we are trained to see the sex and race divisions and become callous to injustice even if it is done to ourselves, to accept as biological a full system of authoritarian government.
The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn.
The only thing I can't stand is discomfort.
We can tell our values by looking at our checkbook stubs.
Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don't feel I should be doing something else.

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