Gender Quotes


I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Brontë Brontë

Jane Eyre

When a man gives his opinion, he's a man. When a woman gives her opinion, she's a bitch.

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.

I do not think, sir, you have any right to command me, merely because you are older than I, or because you have seen more of the world than I have; your claim to superiority depends on the use you have made of your time and experience.

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Brontë Brontë

Jane Eyre

I am not an angel,' I asserted; 'and I will not be one till I die: I will be myself. Mr. Rochester, you must neither expect nor exact anything celestial of me - for you will not get it, any more than I shall get it of you: which I do not at all anticipate.

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Brontë Brontë

Jane Eyre
Character    Empowerment    Flaws    Freedom    Gender    Ideal woman    Identity    Image    Independence    Integrity    Love    Men    Realism    Romance    Self awareness    Self determination    Women

As long as she thinks of a man, nobody objects to a woman thinking.

Orlando

Virginia Woolf

Orlando

I was not ladylike, nor was I manly. I was something else altogether. There were so many different ways to be beautiful.

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.

A Room of One's Own

Virginia Woolf

A Room of One's Own

I do not wish them [women] to have power over men; but over themselves.

A woman knows very well that, though a wit sends her his poems, praises her judgment, solicits her criticism, and drinks her tea, this by no means signifies that he respects her opinions, admires her understanding, or will refuse, though the rapier is denied him, to run through the body with his pen.

Orlando

Virginia Woolf

Orlando
Criticism    Dignity    Double standards    Empowerment    Equality    Feminism    Gender    Hypocrisy    Judgment    Men    Misogyny    Poetry    Respect    Women    Writing

Wherever you find a great man, you will find a great mother or a great wife standing behind him -- or so they used to say. It would be interesting to know how many great women have had great fathers and husbands behind them.

Gaudy Night

Dorothy L. Sayers

Gaudy Night

To call woman 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 could not be. If nonviolence is the law of our being, the future is with woman. Who can make a more effective appeal to the heart than woman?"
[
To the Women of India
(
Young India
, Oct. 4, 1930)]

Empowerment    Equality    Feminist    Gandhi    Gender    Inspirational    Men    Strength    Women

My own sex, I hope, will excuse me, if I treat them like rational creatures, instead of flattering their
fascinating
graces, and viewing them as if they were in a state of perpetual childhood, unable to stand alone.

The history of men's opposition to women's emancipation is more interesting perhaps than the story of that emancipation itself.

A Room of One's Own

Virginia Woolf

A Room of One's Own
Emancipation    Empowerment    Feminism    Gender    Men    Misogyny    Women

I do not think I ever opened a book in my life which had not something to say upon woman's inconstancy. Songs and proverbs, all talk of woman's fickleness. But perhaps you will say, these were all written by men."
"Perhaps I shall. Yes, yes, if you please, no reference to examples in books. Men have had every advantage of us in telling their own story. Education has been theirs in so much higher a degree; the pen has been in their hands. I will not allow books to prove anything.

I would rather trust a woman's instinct than a man's reason.

I am not an angel," I asserted; "and I will not be one till I die: I will be myself.

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Brontë Brontë

Jane Eyre

Do you really believe ... that everything historians tell us about men – or about women – is actually true? You ought to consider the fact that these histories have been written by men, who never tell the truth except by accident.

Clichés    Double standards    Feminism    Gender    History    Hypocrisy    Men    Misogyny    Prejudice    Slander    Social norms    Stereotypes    Truth    Women

I think women are foolish to pretend they are equal to men, they are far superior and always have been.

Empowerment    Equality    Gender    Men    Superiority    Women

Last night I was seriously considering whether I was a bisexual or not but I don’t think so though I’m not sure if I’d like to be and argh I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that, if you like a person, you like the person, not their genitals.

If men could see us as we really are, they would be a little amazed; but the cleverest, the acutest men are often under an illusion about women: they do not read them in a true light: they misapprehend them, both for good and evil: their good woman is a queer thing, half doll, half angel; their bad woman almost always a fiend.

Shirley

Charlotte Brontë Brontë

Shirley

A man once asked me ... how I managed in my books to write such natural conversation between men when they were by themselves. Was I, by any chance, a member of a large, mixed family with a lot of male friends? I replied that, on the contrary, I was an only child and had practically never seen or spoken to any men of my own age till I was about twenty-five. "Well," said the man, "I shouldn't have expected a woman (meaning me) to have been able to make it so convincing." I replied that I had coped with this difficult problem by making my men talk, as far as possible, like ordinary human beings. This aspect of the matter seemed to surprise the other speaker; he said no more, but took it away to chew it over. One of these days it may quite likely occur to him that women, as well as men, when left to themselves, talk very much like human beings also.

A girl’s got to use what she’s given and I’m not going to make a guy drool the way a Britney video does. So I take it to extremes. I don’t say I dress sexily on stage - what I do is so extreme. It’s meant to make guys think: ‘I don’t know if this is sexy or just weird.

Britney spears    Fashion    Feminism    Gender    Humor    Sexy    Weird

When, however, one reads of a witch being ducked, of a woman possessed by devils, of a wise woman selling herbs, or even of a very remarkable man who had a mother, then I think we are on the track of a lost novelist, a suppressed poet, of some mute and inglorious Jane Austen, some Emily Bronte who dashed her brains out on the moor or mopped and mowed about the highways crazed with the torture that her gift had put her to. Indeed, I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.

A woman's guess is much more accurate than a man's certainty.

Accuracy    Certainty    Gender    Guesses    Men    Women

A woman's guess is much more accurate than a man's certainty.

Accuracy    Certainty    Gender    Guesses    Men    Women

[I]f we revert to history, we shall find that the women who have distinguished themselves have neither been the most beautiful nor the most gentle of their sex.

Anything may happen when womanhood has ceased to be a protected occupation.

A Room of One's Own

Virginia Woolf

A Room of One's Own

Most men fear getting laughed at or humiliated by a romantic prospect while most women fear rape and death.

Death    Fear    Feminism    Gender    Men    Rape    Sexism    Women

Men know that women are an overmatch for them, and therefore they choose the weakest or the most ignorant. If they did not think so, they never could be afraid of women knowing as much as themselves.

Abilities    Equality    Fear    Gender    Intelligence    Men    Misogyny    Skills    Strength    Superiority    Suppression    Weakness    Women

...remember the ladies, and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the Husbands. Remember all Men would be tyrants if they could. 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.

It is vain to expect virtue from women till they are in some degree independent of men.

Usually when you see females in movies, they feel like they have these metallic structures around them, they are caged by male energy.

Cinema    Females    Feminism    Film    Gender    Men    Movies    Sexuality    Women

When you grow up as a girl, it is like there are faint chalk lines traced approximately three inches around your entire body at all times, drawn by society and often religion and family and particularly other women, who somehow feel invested in how you behave, as if your actions reflect directly on all womanhood.

Feminism    Gender    Misogyny    Psychopathy    Religion    Society    Sociopathy    Women

It's a good thing I was born a girl, otherwise I'd be a drag queen.

Drag    Fashion    Gender

In reaction against the age-old slogan, "woman is the weaker vessel," or the still more offensive, "woman is a divine creature," we have, I think, allowed ourselves to drift into asserting that "a woman is as good as a man," without always pausing to think what exactly we mean by that. What, I feel, we ought to mean is something so obvious that it is apt to escape attention altogether, viz: (...) that a woman is just as much an ordinary human being as a man, with the same individual preferences, and with just as much right to the tastes and preferences of an individual. What is repugnant to every human being is to be reckoned always as a member of a class and not as an individual person.

A woman is human.
She is not better, wiser, stronger, more intelligent, more creative, or more responsible than a man.
Likewise, she is never less.
Equality is a given.
A woman is human.

Equality    Female    Feminism    Feminist    Gender    Gender equality    Genders    Mantra    March 8    Meditation    Puzzle    Woman    Woman s day    Women    Women s day

It is extraordinarily entertaining to watch the historians of the past ... entangling themselves in what they were pleased to call the "problem" of
Queen Elizabeth
. They invented the most complicated and astonishing reasons both for her success as a sovereign and for her tortuous matrimonial policy. She was the tool of Burleigh, she was the tool of Leicester, she was the fool of Essex; she was diseased, she was deformed, she was a man in disguise. She was a mystery, and must have some extraordinary solution. Only recently has it occrurred to a few enlightened people that the solution might be quite simple after all. She might be one of the rare people were born into the right job and put that job first.

Of all the nasty outcomes predicted for women's liberation...none was more alarming than the suggestion that women would eventually become just like men.

There are certain phrases potent to make my blood boil -- improper influence! What old woman's cackle is that?"
"Are you a young lady?"
"I am a thousand times better: I am an honest woman, and as such I will be treated.

Shirley

Charlotte Bronte

Shirley

The rule seemed to be that a great woman must either die unwed ... or find a still greater man to marry her. ... The great man, on the other hand, could marry where he liked, not being restricted to great women; indeed, it was often found sweet and commendable in him to choose a woman of no sort of greatness at all.

Gaudy Night

Dorothy L. Sayers

Gaudy Night

All this pitting of sex against sex, of quality against quality; all this claiming of superiority and imputing of inferiority, belong to the private-school stage of human existence where there are 'sides,' and it is necessary for one side to beat another side, and of the utmost importance to walk up to a platform and receive from the hands of the Headmaster himself a highly ornamental pot.

A Room of One's Own

Virginia Woolf

A Room of One's Own

Male domination is so rooted in our collective unconscious that we no longer even see it.

Women and fiction remain, so far as I am concerned, unsolved problems.

A Room of One's Own

Virginia Woolf

A Room of One's Own

On ne naît pas femme: on le devient.

There is no deception on the part of the woman, where a man bewilders himself: if he deludes his own wits, I can certainly acquit the women. Whatever man allows his mind to dwell upon the imprint his imagination has foolishly taken of women, is fanning the flames within himself -- and, since the woman knows nothing about it, she is not to blame. For if a man incites himself to drown, and will not restrain himself, it is not the water's fault.

Women speak because they wish to speak, whereas a man speaks only when driven to speak by something outside himself-like, for instance, he can't find any clean socks.

Clothes    Conversation    Gender    Humor    Language    Men    Socks    Speaking    Women

[M]en, though they know full well how much women are worth and how great the benefits we bring them, nonetheless seek to destroy us out of envy for our merits. It's just like the crow, when it produces white nestlings: it is so stricken by envy, knowing how black it is itself, that it kills its own offspring out of pique.

Crows    Dignity    Empowerment    Envy    Feminism    Gender    Hypocrisy    Imagery    Inequality    Jealousy    Men    Merits    Misogyny    Suppression    Ugliness    Women    Worth

In fact, there is perhaps only one human being in a thousand who is passionately interested in his job for the job's sake. The difference is that if that one person in a thousand is a man, we say, simply, that he is passionately keen on his job; if she is a woman, we say she is a freak.

Yet if women are so flighty, fickle, changeable, susceptible, and inconstant (as some clerks would have us believe), why is it that their suitors have to resort to such trickery to have their way with them? And why don't women quickly succumb to them, without the need for all this skill and ingenuity in conquering them? For there is no need to go to war for a castle that is already captured. (...)
Therefore, since it
is
necessary to call on such skill, ingenuity, and effort in order to seduce a woman, whether of high or humble birth, the logical conclusion to draw is that women are by no means as fickle as some men claim, or as easily influenced in their behaviour. And if anyone tells me that books are full of women like these, it is this very reply, frequently given, which causes me to complain. My response is that women did not write these books nor include the material which attacks them and their morals. Those who plead their cause in the absence of an opponent can invent to their heart's content, can pontificate without taking into account the opposite point of view and keep the best arguments for themselves, for aggressors are always quick to attack those who have no means of defence. But if women had written these books, I know full well the subject would have been handled differently. They know that they stand wrongfully accused, and that the cake has not been divided up equally, for the strongest take the lion's share, and the one who does the sharing out keeps the biggest portion for himself.

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