Best Quotes About Feminism

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

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

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

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 Gold Heilbrun

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'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

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

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

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

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

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

It is the woman – nearly always – in spite of all the advances of modern feminism, who still takes responsibility for the bulk of the chores, as well as doing her paid job. This is true even in households where men try to be unselfish and to do their share. -A. N. Wilson

I would like to see the gay population get on board with feminism. It's a beautiful organisation and they've done so much. It seems to me a no-brainer. -Annie Lennox

A lot of women these days, a lot of young women don't want to call themselves feminists. You have this cheap, hideous 'girl power' sort of fad, which I think is pretty benign at best, but at worst, I think it's a way of taking the politics out of feminism and making it some kind of fashion. -Ani DiFranco

I prefer to call the most obnoxious feminists what they really are: feminazis. Tom Hazlett, a good friend who is an esteemed and highly regarded professor of economics at the University of California at Davis, coined the term to describe any female who is intolerant of any point of view that challenges militant feminism. -Rush Limbaugh

I've written 18 books, mostly dealing with issues of social justice, ending racism, feminism, and cultural criticism. -bell hooks

My generation was not only maligned in book reviews and attacked in graduate school but we lived to see our adored and adorable daughters wonder why feminism had become a dirty word. -Erica Jong

If feminism has receded in visibility and prestige, it is precisely because its vision of life's goals and rewards has become too narrow and elitist. -Camille Paglia

I don't think feminism, as I understand the definition, implies the rejection of maternal values, nurturing children, caring about the men in your life. That is just nonsense to me. -Hillary Clinton

We all live in a time where we're supposed to have choices and how do we wrangle that and how do we make the best choices for ourselves and our families. It has nothing to do with feminism. -Sarah Jessica Parker

The true meaning of feminism is this: to use your strong womanly image to gain strong results in society. -Pamela Anderson

Young feminists have been sold a bill of goods about American feminism. The enormous changes in women over the past 40 years are constantly and falsely attributed to the organized women's movement of the late 1960s and '70s. -Camille Paglia

I think of feminism as more of a political ideology. -Callie Khouri

I think feminism is about the spirit. -Jane Fonda

The word feminism needs to be taken back. It needs to be reclaimed in a way that is inclusive of men. -Annie Lennox

Men need to understand, and women too, what feminism is really about. -Annie Lennox

I don't think feminism is about the exclusion of men but their inclusion… we must face and address those issues, especially to include younger men and boys. -Annie Lennox

I'm appalled the word feminism has been denigrated to a place of almost ridicule and I very passionately believe the word needs to be revalued and reintroduced with power and understanding that this is a global picture. -Annie Lennox

We all fight over what the label 'feminism' means but for me it's about empowerment. It's not about being more powerful than men – it's about having equal rights with protection, support, justice. It's about very basic things. It's not a badge like a fashion item. -Annie Lennox

I've thought about what is an alternative word to feminism. There isn't one. It's a perfectly good word. And it can't be changed. -Annie Lennox

I was trying to uphold what I thought feminism was as best I could by supporting women, by trying to create an opportunity to get women to get together, play music together and celebrate the fact that we are having great success making music on our own and together. -Sarah McLachlan

Some of the biggest advocates for feminism seem to believe that in order to feel powerful you have to make another woman subservient, and that is not what feminism is about at all. -Tori Amos

Obviously, the anti-ERA people are tickled about my ordeal because it proves that the ERA breaks up families. When they point out that feminism is a dangerous thing, I just say marriage is pretty precarious too. -Sonia Johnson

Certain issues have been associated with contemporary feminism and in a certain sense circumscribed for that reason. -Carol Gilligan

I don't belong to any clubs, and I dislike club mentality of any kind, even feminism – although I do relate to the purpose and point of feminism. More in the work of older feminists, really, like Germaine Greer. -Jane Campion

I think feminism's a bit misinterpreted. It was about casting off all gender roles. There's nothing wrong with a man holding a door open for a girl. But we sort of threw away all the rules, so everybody's confused. And dating becomes a sloppy, uncomfortable, unpleasant thing. -Zosia Mamet

For whatever reason, various outlets and individuals are committed to making the world think that young girls don't talk or care about feminism anymore, that it's totally over. But it's not. -J. Courtney Sullivan

I wish feminism wasn't so scary to people. It should be an evolving concept. I think it's an umbrella term to embrace conflicting ideas. -Merritt Wever

The political currents that topped the global agenda in the late 20th century – revolutionary nationalism, feminism and ethnic struggle – place culture at their heart. -Terry Eagleton

Sadly, a lot of what passes for feminism these days is just moaning about men, congratulating ourselves on nothing in particular, and mocking them for being big kids while doing everything we can to keep them that way. -Julie Burchill

When I started at the 'Guardian,' though, I couldn't think of anything we saw eye to eye on, except feminism, and even this would soon be arguable as 'Guardian' writers queued up to drool over Eminem. -Julie Burchill

I came from this very traditional background and I benefited hugely from feminism. I felt privileged going to university and doing a PhD. Most people of my background don't get to do that. -Denise Mina

Fault lines run along color lines in American public life, and the women's movement is no exception. Over the years, feminism has become more inclusive but there is still hard work to be done to include LGBT women and communities of color. -Christine Pelosi

When we talk about feminism – equality without apology for all – we can't be talking about for all white women or all highly educated women but all women, regardless of color, class, creed, sexual orientation or identity. -Christine Pelosi

You know, my mum's always encouraged me and never made my gender an issue, I guess. She brought me up to believe in equality, as opposed to feminism or sexism – so it just meant that my gender was not relevant to what I was capable of achieving. -Paloma Faith

I'm a feminist; I grew up with feminism, but I also think there's a way in which we need to shake things up so that we can push it further and in other directions. -Eve Ensler

Women are not stupid, but they were not clever enough to realise that feminism did not bring freedom, but the opposite. That's why I'm glad feminism is dead. -Michel Houellebecq

I am a sworn atheist and therefore from my point of view the Talmud or the Koran don't constitute works of political philosophy but rather writings that stand in utter contradiction to concepts like logic, freedom, feminism, secularism, brotherhood – which are my ideals. -Michel Onfray

Anyone who hates something feels threatened by it. A guy who says he hates feminism (a) doesn't understand or know feminism, and (b) is scared of powerful women. Most attacks come from fear. -Neil Strauss

Equity feminism is a moral doctrine about equal treatment that makes no commitments regarding open empirical issues in psychology or biology. -Steven Pinker

I consider myself a feminist because I believe women should have equal rights. Of course. It's just that the term 'feminism' conjures up other things for people. -Marina and the Diamonds

I really don't care what people say. It's amazing that feminism continues to exist at all, considering how much counter-feminism is out there. -Nellie McKay

French existentialism is an unhelpful philosophy in which to couch modern feminism: born from the ravages of the Second World War, it is a cynical, individualistic school of thought that posits the self and personal choice as the measure of life's entire meaning. -Naomi Wolf

For women in, say, Alabama, 'feminism' is a dirty word. They would never march in the streets. But although they don't think of themselves as the beneficiaries of feminism, they are. -Hanna Rosin

The fact is, feminism is not what it used to be. -Janine di Giovanni

I think of feminism as a socially just and imaginative world. -Suheir Hammad

The benefits of feminism for someone like my husband are fantastic. He can stay at home with the kids, he can take them to a park, he does the school run. -Helen McCrory

My mother saw nothing inconsistent in her traditional desire to look after her husband and children and her radical politics. She began her civil rights work before most people had ever heard the word 'feminism,' and in those early years, she was focused on racial justice. -Ezekiel Emanuel

I think the problem is that there has been a kind of backlash against feminism. I think women just didn't really see themselves winning that fight, and I think that probably led to a lot women feeling trapped in a perpetual cycle of disappointment – trying to be feminists and failing to be. -Romola Garai

Women's issues have always been a part of my life. My goal is to bring the word 'feminism' back into the zeitgeist and reframe it. -Annie Lennox

Why are we not valuing the word 'feminism' when there is so much work to be done in terms of empowerment and emancipation of women everywhere? -Annie Lennox

I believe that it is our human right to be parents and women. And there's no contradiction between feminism, which means women should have all that they are entitled to, all that they can do, all the opportunities that they can take advantage of they should have. -Anne Roiphe

The problem with feminism in the second wave was that we fought so much among ourselves, and I think we did so much damage to the movement… and I think the next wave, the third wave, is women mentoring younger women and women helping younger women to enter the political process and the writing world. -Erica Jong

I think feminism means what it has always meant – women want to use all their gifts, all their talents and be judged impartially for them. I don't think feminism has ever meant anything else. -Erica Jong

I'm not a goddess, for crying out loud. I'm a regular person who took feminism – which I have a deep connection to – and mixed it with music, which I really love to do. -Kathleen Hanna

There's just as many different kinds of feminism as there are women in the world. -Kathleen Hanna

Since I loved underground music, I tried to carve a space for feminism within it. Those were my hopes. -Kathleen Hanna

Women's behavior in handling beauty, even before feminism, was to deny they had any. Don't hate me because I'm beautiful. -Nancy Friday

I see many more men who are feminist, or at least who have learned about life in the context of feminism. -Jane Fonda

There's many women now who think, 'Surely we don't need feminism anymore, we're all liberated and society's accepting us as we are'. Which is just hogwash. It's not true at all. -Yoko Ono

The stereotypes of feminists as ugly, or man-haters, or hairy, or whatever it is – that's really strategic. That's a really smart way to keep young women away from feminism, is to kind of put out this idea that all feminists hate men, or all feminists are ugly; and that they really come from a place of fear. -Jessica Valenti

If feminism wasn't powerful, if feminism wasn't influential, people wouldn't spend so much time putting it down. -Jessica Valenti

I think talking is as casual as blogging, and sometimes writing can be as casual as talking. My informal writing style is a political choice, because I want feminism to be more accessible. -Jessica Valenti

I hope that by modeling feminism in my own life, work and relationships that it will haut become an organic part of my daughter's life. But I'm also fully prepared for her to become a Republican as a way to rebel as a teenager – that would be just my luck! -Jessica Valenti

There have been women who stumbled across Feministing randomly, through a bizarre Google search or something, and had no idea what feminism was. They thought it was something older women do, or bought into the hairy bra-burning man-hating stereotype 100 percent. Anything that deviates from that is very exciting for them. -Jessica Valenti

I am much more open about categories of gender, and my feminism has been about women's safety from violence, increased literacy, decreased poverty and more equality. -Judith Butler

We think of feminism as an academic subject, but it's not. If you think feminism is academic, you think there's a right or wrong. -Caitlin Moran

What is feminism? Simply the belief that women should be as free as men, however nuts, dim, deluded, badly dressed, fat, receding, lazy, and smug they might be. -Caitlin Moran

Flyaway, problem hair is the enemy of feminism, and was probably invented by the Man to crush Susan Sontag. -Caitlin Moran

I see feminism as a massive party. It's cool, the idea that 50% of the population can now start doing things and having fun and experimenting with their hair and makeup. -Caitlin Moran

I think that instead of feminism being a political thing, it should be an act of creativity. It's more of a rock n' roll thing. -Caitlin Moran

My generation fought very hard for feminism, and we fought very hard to not be labeled as you had to have a husband or you had to be in a relationship, or you were somehow not a cool chick. -Stevie Nicks

Whenever women struggle with breast cancer and face better care than ever, that's feminism. -bell hooks

Feminism is not only for women It's something everyone can participate in, and evolve together, as the first step in the right direction. I see feminism as a tool to achieve that balance and peace. -Ani DiFranco

I'd refer to myself as a feminist. I don't think my music is overtly rooted in feminism. I'm a teenager, and 95 percent of my friends are boys, and that's just the way I've always been. -Lorde

I'm speaking for a bunch of girls when I say that the idea that feminism is completely natural and shouldn't even be something that people find mildly surprising, it's just a part of being a girl in 2013. -Lorde

You know it's very important, the role of a mother… I don't know, but it's feminism to me to love your kids. -Carine Roitfeld

Horror stories give us a way of exhausting our emotions around social issues, like a woman's right to an abortion, which I always thought was the core of 'Rosemary's Baby,' or the backlash against feminism which I always thought was the core to 'Stepford Wives.' -Chuck Palahniuk

I blame feminism and Facebook for the death of the American automobile. I'm a Republican, so I blame everything on feminism – or commies. -P. J. O'Rourke

Should we tolerate debate within feminism's ranks? Undebatable! But it's not so simple: women are socialised to avoid conflict; when we do differ, especially on politics and in public, it's still tediously labelled a 'catfight.' -Robin Morgan

I never want to sound preachy about youth and feminism, but I feel like there aren't enough young people coming out about their concerns and opinions. -Eden Sher

I don't think we really think about where we get our equality from. There is a sense of feminism and women become passe, in my opinion. -Anastasia Griffith

From Mozambique to Chad, South Africa and Liberia, Sierra Leone to Burkina Faso, feminism is the buzzword for a generation of women determined to change the course of the future for themselves and their families. -Mariella Frostrup

I sometimes get asked: 'How come the men in your stories don't have such strong characters?' And I'm like: 'I don't care.' I just want to find out about all the different lives a woman can live. But my feminism has never been against men. It's not erasure; it's just they're not the focus. In real life, they're quite nice. -Helen Oyeyemi

Though it's safe to say there are a whole lotta American gals who agree with the core ideals of feminism, they are somehow nevertheless watching 'Say Yes to the Dress' by the millions. -Tracy McMillan

While women were powerfully liberated both externally as well as internally by the feminism of the 1970s, we made some serious mistakes as well. -Marianne Williamson

In the name of feminism, we denied some essential aspects of our authentic selves. While feminism should have been nothing if not a celebration of our own unique characteristics, we insisted that we had no unique characteristics… that gender differences were hogwash, and a feminine woman was nothing more than a plaything for men. -Marianne Williamson

Through the 1990s, 'Reason' was a voice of 'dissident feminism,' upholding the equal dignity of both sexes and supporting the rights of individuals against a government that had gone mad over sexual harassment. -Virginia Postrel

Like many traditional feminists, I became one of the boys, only better. For a while it gave me a buzz to win at their game, but ultimately, that kind of power just goes nowhere. Traditional feminism excludes men and so perpetuates conflict. I am not interested in warring about power. -Scilla Elworthy

I think that men need to have a little bit of manism. You have feminism. I don't have a problem with that. -Ice T

In little more than a generation, feminism has obliterated roles. If you wonder why so many men choose not to get married, the answer lies in large part in the contemporary devaluation of the husband and of the father – of men as men, in other words. -Dennis Prager

I'm sure a few marriages broke up because of feminism; it doesn't make feminism a cult. -Stefan Molyneux

The struggle of democratic secularism, religious tolerance, individual freedom and feminism against authoritarian patriarchal religion, culture and morality is going on all over the world – including the Islamic world, where dissidents are regularly jailed, killed, exiled or merely intimidated and silenced. -Ellen Willis

'The Truth About Lorin Jones' will undoubtedly shock and offend as many readers as it will amuse, since it dares to make fun of feminism – of its manners, if not its politics. -Edmund White

To me, feminism is such a simple description: it's equal rights, economic rights, political rights, and social rights. -Callie Khouri

Feminism has been so co-opted, but the fact is, feminism benefits men as well. -Karin Slaughter

I'm very proud of being a woman, and as a woman, I don't even like the word 'feminism' because when I hear that word, I associate it with women trying to pretend to be men, and I'm not interested in trying to pretend to be a man. I don't want to embrace manhood; I want to embrace my womanhood. -Evangeline Lilly

I don't think if you looked up all the main points of feminism I would tick every one essentially myself. -Jamie Dornan

When people ask me do I believe in feminism – well, I didn't even know I was a feminist. I was the top of the bill; I've always been the top of the bill. So I don't know what equality is. -Cilla Black

I was never against marriage per se. Before feminism, I didn't think you had any choice. In fact, for a long time I always assumed I would get married. I just didn't see any marriages I wanted to emulate, so I kept putting it off. -Gloria Steinem

There's been the same kind of demonizing of the word 'feminism' as words like 'liberal,' 'affirmative action,' and so on. -Gloria Steinem

After feminism, I suddenly realised: not everyone has to live the same way. Imagine that! -Gloria Steinem

One's enemies are always talking about 'post-feminism.' It is a word invented by people who would like to do away with feminism. -Gloria Steinem

No, feminism isn't 'over.' We need it not only to challenge injustice but because the whole gender expectations thing is bad for men, too. -Robert Webb

I think the world is ambivalent about feminism. So I can't blame college students. I think they're reflecting the greater culture's attitude toward feminism. So what I can do is, in ways that are appropriate, advocate for feminism and help the students learn what feminism is about. -Roxane Gay

I think it was really entering my 30s that I began to embrace feminism and call myself a feminist. -Roxane Gay

I would love for everyone to be a feminist, but I have to respect people's choices. If you don't want to be a feminist and don't want to claim feminism, that's entirely your right. -Roxane Gay

Feminism is just an idea. It's a philosophy. It's about the equality of women in all realms. It's not about man-hating. It's not about being humorless. We have to let go of these misconceptions that have plagued feminism for 40, 50 years. -Roxane Gay

As I started to think about how I can claim feminism while also acknowledging my humanity and my imperfections, 'bad feminism' simply seemed like the best answer. -Roxane Gay

It's an amusing idea to some, this feminism thing – this audacious notion that women should be able to move through the world as freely, and enjoy the same inalienable rights and bodily autonomy, as men. At least, that's the impression given when feminism and feminists are all too often the targets of lazy humor. -Roxane Gay

In truth, I don't care about making feminism more accessible to anyone. -Roxane Gay

This is the real problem feminism faces. Too many people are willfully ignorant about what the word means and what the movement aims to achieve. -Roxane Gay

I support anything that broadens the message of gender equality and tempers the stigma of the feminist label. We run into trouble, though, when we celebrate celebrity feminism while avoiding the actual work of feminism. -Roxane Gay

My mum fought for feminism in her day so instilled in me the importance of equality. She taught me so much about women. -Chris Evans

My feminism is what came squarely up against my faith. There's a lot of ecstatic post-patriarchal Christians who have stuff they do with that. But at that point, you're doing Christianity with a double-superscript. The Bible, and especially the book of Genesis, is pretty unapologetically patriarchal. -John Darnielle

I try not to write songs in which men glamorize their own need for approval from women. That's kinda a bogus way to go out. But I try to do this quietly. I'm not about to go around telling people how they should or shouldn't think. My feminism is for me. -John Darnielle

As with 'feminism,' not to mention 'liberalism' and 'conservatism,' 'political correctness' tends to mean what you want it to mean, which also pretty much amounts to utter meaninglessness. -Meghan Daum

For me, feminism is about equality. So, when someone works for a Wall Street firm and says they're a feminist, my eyes are going to roll. -Jodie Evans

I've always been interested in the history of radical feminism – what happened to those women of the 1960s and '70s. -Sarah Hall

My feminism, as intended by me, extends to empowering women to make legal choices, not to judge the legal choices they make. My fight is for rights. -Maajid Nawaz

Everything that feminism stands for is everything American, white, red and blue democratic. It is all the same stuff. So, I am boggled that I should have to give up this term that encapsulates what I want for my children, for my world, culture, brothers and sister because someone else thinks it means I don't shave my armpits. -Kelly Sue DeConnick

Like George Sand, the feminism of the present day asserts the right of free thought against the creed of authority in every field; the solidarity of mankind and the cause of peace against the patriotism of militarism; social reform against the existing relations of society. -Ellen Key

I actually have a peculiar feminism that does not involve the idea that women shouldn't be sexy. Female characters written in comics have always been pretty damned sexy, and used their sexuality. And I don't have any problem with that. -Ann Nocenti

Environmental concerns and feminism are locked together. Generally, women have closer connections to the organic nature of our lives. -Carolyn Kizer

When you read about the real history of where feminism comes from, it came from a very political point of view. I don't believe in bringing any politics to an idea like feminism. I love the idea that women should be celebrated, but I also believe men should be, too. We need both – yin and yang. -Michelle Phan

I bleed feminism. I get equal pay to my male costars on a big show; I have my own home. I'm as independent as you could possibly be. -Kaley Cuoco

I think that, unfortunately, people who are maybe threatened by feminism think that it's about setting your bra on fire and being aggressive, and I think that's really wrong and really dangerous. -Jenny Slate

I think that there have been a lot of fear-based assertions that feminism is about aggression, and that is incorrect and untrue. Feminism is about equality; that's what it's about. -Jenny Slate

When 1970s feminism hit the United States, women demanded the right to natural childbirth and to have their husband or another support person in the delivery room. My mother gave birth to me during this time. -Christy Turlington

Blogs with feminist content, from 'Feministing' and 'Jezebel' to 'Racialicious' and 'Shakesville' and 'Feministe,' have opened up and changed the scope of the feminist universe for women who might never have encountered contemporary feminism. -Rebecca Traister

The first big impact that feminism in the 1960s and '70s had was a big divorce boom in the '70s and '80s. That, in part, had an impact on how the children of that divorce boom viewed marriage. -Rebecca Traister

I think a lot of divisions of perspective and experience that happen within feminism are very natural. Any movement that represents the interests of 51 percent of the population is covering such divergent experiences, perspectives, and priorities that, if you're doing it right, people are going to be arguing within it. -Rebecca Traister

I have never felt oppressed by women or that feminism is a problem. I do think boys find it hard to like things seen as feminine. I want my son not to feel self-conscious he likes ballet and my daughter to carry on playing Han Solo; that's all. -Matt Haig

I've always thought feminism had a lot to say about both genders, as it is hard to talk about one without the other. I think men and women alike would benefit from men having a more fluid idea of what being a man is. -Matt Haig

I'm from the South; there's been such progress since I was young, with racism, with feminism. The environment is next. -Marilyn Minter

I, personally, do not consider myself to be some kind of Holy Mary of feminism. -Zara Larsson

A lot of people don't understand what feminism is. They think it is about advance and success for women, but it's not that at all. It is about power for the female left. And they have this, I think, ridiculous idea that American women are oppressed by the patriarchy and we need laws and government to solve our problems for us. -Phyllis Schlafly

Radical feminism is still threatening. -Mary Daly

Would you rather your child had feminism or cancer? -Steve Bannon

We have to give feminism a shot. Out of sheer self preservation, we have to stand aside and let women run the show. -Irvine Welsh

Historically, men have a hard time getting onboard with feminism, but I think that's changing. -Irvine Welsh

As feminism becomes more integrated into mainstream publications and conversation, I feel weary of an obsession of celebrity culture masquerading as activism or as conversation or action. It's clickbait. -Tavi Gevinson

I think it's foolish to interview someone who's just promoting a movie that they're in and ask if they consider themselves a feminist. That's not about feminism; that's about the journalist wanting to gauge how much this person is aware of the world or is aware of the feminist movement. -Tavi Gevinson

I get so many questions in interviews about feminism, and I think the second you start separating femininity and masculinity and giving one more power than the other, that's like – everyone is a person. -Banks

Feminism is nothing but equality, and actually, feminism benefits men because it liberates us and it releases us from many stigmas imposed by the macho culture on us as well. So if more of us could understand that it's nothing but equality, I think many agendas in terms of equality would have advanced quicker because it really helps us as well. -Edgar Ramirez

I think feminism is that you just have to stick it all out. I remember this one time when someone interviewed me, and I was young, and they said, 'Do you see yourself as a feminist?' And I was like, 'I don't know. I'm not really comfortable calling myself a feminist.' -Yuna

It's like with feminism. We talk a lot about feminism meaning complete freedom, and for some people, that means, like, 'Free the nipple!' But there's another end of the feminist spectrum, and that's where people like me are. -Yuna

Every woman, whether or not they're comfortable with the term 'feminist,' probably wants to be equal to men, and that is fundamentally what feminism is about. -Emily Ratajkowski

On campuses, where Liberal softies still rule with an iron fist, feminism is as safe as a city with no women drivers. That is the only thing I support about Saudi Arabia, by the way. -Milo Yiannopoulos

How can feminism be pro-women without being pro-motherhood? There is nothing more unique about being a woman. -Milo Yiannopoulos

People feel feminists are aggressive, men-hating women with a little moustache. I think it's got a bad reputation because when feminism came into being, we were facing so much opposition that we had to be strident and aggressive. -Twinkle Khanna

What is feminism? We are just asking for equal opportunities, nothing beyond that. It doesn't mean that you cannot be pretty or you cannot cook or you can't do a whole lot of things. Feminism's got a bad rap; that's it. -Twinkle Khanna

The endless definitions for feminism are exhausting. It's this, it isn't this, it's only this if you're this, etc. -Cazzie David

When I talk about feminism, sometimes I feel like being a black woman is cast aside. -Jessica Williams

What's happening with feminism in general is I think that, as a woman, you're not limited to being one thing or the other. You can be feminine and sexy and beautiful and hot and funny. -Erin Foster

For some reason, when I think feminism, I think, like, 'Well, you can't include men if you're talking about feminism and being a feminist,' so I get a little bit muddled. I find it to be a bit grey. Then if you say you are not a feminist, that means that you're not pro-woman! -Cobie Smulders

This is the problem with modern-day feminism. It used to be about equality. Now, it's about bashing men, asking for free stuff, and tearing down other women for refusing to play victim to the trumped-up, B.S. 'War on Women.' -Tomi Lahren

Everyone thinks of the roaring twenties and associates it with decadence and flappers, female sexual liberation, the freedom of women to express themselves, the beginning of feminism. But it was also a time of huge, huge change. -Billy Howle

I get why feminism can be intimidating; sometimes it can seem like this exclusive club. -Petra Collins

We work to create a new wave of feminism that is more inclusive. I want others to feel equal. It's so great to see women in positions of power, which is why other artists, such as Marilyn Minter, are so inspirational to me. -Petra Collins

This idea of feminism as a party to which only a select few people get to come – this is why so many women, particularly women of colour, feel alienated from mainstream western academic feminism. Because don't we want it to be mainstream? -Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

For me, feminism is a movement for which the end goal is to make itself no longer needed. -Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I think the history of western feminism is one that is fraught with racism, and I think it's important to acknowledge that and, at the same time, to say that feminism is not the western invention, that my great-grandmother in what is now south-western Nigeria is feminist. -Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Some men feel threatened by the idea of feminism. This comes, I think, from the insecurity triggered by how boys are brought up, how their sense of self-worth is diminished if they are not 'naturally' in charge as men. -Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

My kids see feminism in action every day, and leading by imperfect example is how I'm raising them. -Amanda de Cadenet

I would like to say that I'm a walking poster board for feminism and women's liberation, but there are things that I do in my life that deeply, deeply fall short of being a statement for being a strong woman. I am flawed as much as anyone else. -Viola Davis

I realise that women don't want to get treated differently but just equally. I don't know what feminism is all about, but I understand that women should be treated equally, and I endorse that thought. -Varun Dhawan

You can't market or commercialize feminism as an entity. One has to be careful. I aim to be about powerful women in my clothing. -Zac Posen

The great thing about modern feminism is that women can define what it means to them: it can mean being ambitious, it can mean being emotional, it can mean being sensitive and compassionate and also a leader. It can mean all those things. -Jessica Chastain

The young women waking up to feminism now already wake up to more consciousness than my generation had. Even just simple things like equal pay – before you went, in my generation, and asked for a raise, you went through nausea and your palms sweating. -Robin Morgan

You had a generation of women, of which I'm part, where it was a stigma to be associated with feminism; there was a backlash. Now you have a generation that is clearly embracing feminism because, at the end of the day, the definition of feminism is just equality. -Nancy Dubuc

It's very important for feminism for us to tell our daughters that they should be strong. But to tell our sons that they can be vulnerable, to have these characters on screen that are not perfectly masculine cowboys that never fail, for our boys to change their psyche as well, that's equally important for feminism. -Chloe Zhao

The women's movement gave me a set of tools to think about things like my body and how people react to me and the way that my dating life was going. It's a very practical movement – yes, it's about issues like how we can get more women MPs elected, but it's also about how feminism affects things like your relationship. -Naomi Alderman

I'm a pretty avid reader, but I missed feminism in college. I did take an intro course where I read Mary Wollstonecraft, but I didn't read a lot of the seminal writers. Then I had two teenage daughters and was reading books on development and different issues. -Norbert Leo Butz

I often feel failed by feminism. -Janet Mock

Don't do anything to upset the victimhood apple cart, because then young women may want to think for themselves, and the entire racket of feminism ran by women who butter their bread by playing Chicken Little to the subsequent generation would be penniless. -Dana Loesch

Hebrew School was my first introduction to real feminism. I remember that much more than I remember any kind of actual religious teaching. -Jesse Andrews

I never really considered myself much of a feminist until I left Wall Street. I did all the right things – such as put together gender-diverse teams – but feminism wasn't deep in my bones. -Sallie Krawcheck

Really, feminism is just about equality, and that's all. It's just saying equal rights. -Abi Morgan

I understand this fear of the word 'feminism,' and I understand the fear of saying it because it becomes as divisive as 'sexism' has become. But I know a lot of male feminists. -Abi Morgan

Having a daughter has reawakened my sense of feminism. I want to protect her. -Abi Morgan

I'm a little sad that they actually came up with the metaphor of waves for feminism. By definition, a wave goes in, and it comes out. I would really like it to be a tsunami that creates a flood that forever changes the landscape. -Nell Scovell

The rise of women and feminism is well documented. What is equally fascinating – and less talked about – is the impact this has had on men. -Andy Dunn

When I was growing up, the current of feminism was strong. You just had to step off the bank, and you'd be swept up. There was an active women's movement. My mother was a part of it. -Nina Tassler

Although I often find that the feminist rhetoric – not feminism – can come across as simple-minded, self-regarding, nuance-averse and reductive – biology to physiology, history to psychology, procreation to gynecology, and so on – I have come to realize that we should all be feminists. -Neri Oxman

Contrary to myth, 'The Feminine Mystique' and feminism did not represent the beginning of the decline of the stay-at-home mother but a turning point that led to much stronger legal rights and 'working conditions' for her. -Stephanie Coontz

As a man, having a conversation about feminism can be tricky – the best I can do is to have assumptions and ask questions. You always run the risk of putting your foot in it. -O. T. Fagbenle

It's hard for men sometimes to talk about feminism, just as it's hard for people who aren't from ethnic minorities to talk about racial prejudice. It's a difficult conversation to have, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't have it. -O. T. Fagbenle

The thing that I would say you get the most hate about on social media, in my experience, is if you tweet anything about women's rights or feminism. It blows my mind. But it's the thought of not being a feminist that actually blows my mind. -Ellen Page

Watching the progression and backlash against feminism even since 1970 will give you a serious case of whiplash. -Kameron Hurley

It can't be articulated enough, that feminism means the desire to have equality between men and women. I believe that, and I act on those beliefs by going to marches and making a difference where I can. -Maya Hawke

Writing a novel about feminism can be a thankless task. -Michelle Dean

Like feminism, I want to create systems and structures for the equity for all people, especially girls and women. -Marley Dias

I believe that feminism needs to teach more girls about how to make institutional changes and how to further engage men and boys into being our allies. -Marley Dias

I didn't really understand the concept of feminism until the media started to talk about it surrounding my name. -Whitney Wolfe Herd

My definition of feminism is a social, political, economic system by which all genders are valued, respected, and can live dignified lives. -Alicia Garza

When feminism does not explicitly oppose racism, and when anti-racism does not incorporate opposition to patriarchy, race and gender politics often end up being antagonistic to each other, and both interests lose. -Kimberle Williams Crenshaw

In every generation and in every intellectual sphere and in every political moment, there have been African American women who have articulated the need to think and talk about race through a lens that looks at gender or think and talk about feminism through a lens that looks at race. -Kimberle Williams Crenshaw

Intersectionality draws attention to invisibilities that exist in feminism, in anti-racism, in class politics, so, obviously, it takes a lot of work to consistently challenge ourselves to be attentive to aspects of power that we don't ourselves experience. -Kimberle Williams Crenshaw

Having a monolithic view of feminism is suffocating. -Kimberle Williams Crenshaw

The point of feminism is you shouldn't have to be a man to be treated with equal respect. -Kimberle Williams Crenshaw

We're never going to come to a moment where all of us who claim to be feminists can agree about what the first priority of feminism is. -Kimberle Williams Crenshaw

There's nothing more mainstream than equal pay for equal work. I mean, it's completely obvious that's what feminism should be for, and for women's right to choose what happens to their own bodies. -Joanna Coles

I was 15 when my family moved to Jidda from Britain in 1982. Living in Saudi Arabia was such a shock to my system that I like to say I was traumatized into feminism. -Mona Eltahawy

My feminism does not demand that a woman have an equal opportunity to torture, alongside men. Torture is no less wrong because a woman, not a man, carries it out. -Mona Eltahawy

I do not subscribe to a feminism that demands perfection or super heroic nobility of women. But I do insist that putting women at the service of patriarchy is no victory for us. -Mona Eltahawy

I've written about women's lives, and I just want to write about them from being a woman. I don't need feminism on top of that when I'm writing. -Sheila Heti

My feminism is just part of my being – a part of my understanding of the world. -Sheila Heti

I don't think I'm inherently feminist. I think the universe wants me to be feminist, and I think I resonate with that. I think it just chose me to be this female energy… thing. And I'm very drawn to female energy, but I don't really have any prerequisites in feminism. I just roll with it. -SZA

When I just decided to be myself, that's when you get questions like, 'How do you feel about feminism?' And I have no idea; this is just when I decide what I'm not tolerating and what I genuinely think and a little bit in between. -SZA

I can only speak for myself and what feminism means to me, and that is equality for every human being: equal rights, equal representation, equal pay, etc. -Madeline Brewer

I really admire Ana Mendieta. She was a Cuban American artist who died the year I was born and whose work examines violence, feminism, and belonging. Her art is always brave and visually arresting and vibrates with meaning. -Emma Healey

So here comes this black guy from the Bay Area talking about peace, feminism, challenging racism, challenging the priorities of the country, and talking about preserving the fragile nature of our ecological system. People looked at me as if I was a freak. -Ron Dellums

People get really turned off by feminism. -Amy Schumer

We've done a couple of women's mags, but we tend to talk about feminism and women in the industry, which I feel more comfortable talking about. It's a more valuable discussion than, 'Oh, you're a girl in a band. What hair conditioner do you use?' I use hair conditioner, and I like talking about it. But I don't want that to be the question. -Lauren Mayberry

There are so many problems with feminism, as women spend a lot of time telling other women what to do, and that distracts from the actual problem. -Lauren Mayberry

I discovered the idea of feminism when I watched the film '10 Things I Hate About You.' It's a classic. -Lauren Mayberry

The two pillars of feminism are narcissism and entitlement. -Mike Cernovich

I feel like so much of mainstream feminism springs from the second wave, which was essentially a discourse spearheaded by white, cisgender, upper middle class women. I feel – especially as I'm trying to negotiate this new female space with the feminism that's available to me – there are a lot of places where I'm disenfranchised. -Hari Nef

Every time a confident, successful woman like Marissa Meyer distances herself from feminism, I think of Athena. Athena women, with all their brilliance and strategy, are the ones smashing up through layers of glass. They tend to identify with men, keeping femininity at a distance. -Justine Musk

I love how feminism is often blamed for giving women too many choices. Like this is a bad thing. -Justine Musk

Women are forced to pretend to be men. They're feigning this toughness. They're miserable. Study after study has shown that feminism has made women less happy. They're not happy in the work force, for the most part. -Gavin McInnes

I am for feminism. I stand up for women standing up for themselves in the same way I stand up for being black. -Skepta

I don't disown feminism, but I don't believe in such labels. -Tabu

It was actually having a son made me think about feminism. -Sandi Toksvig

I never felt the need for feminism. I never felt competition with men, which I really believed started the movement. -Angie Dickinson

I think feminism is the worst thing that ever happened to women. Our job used to be no job. We had it so good! -Ali Wong

Black women have never embraced feminism. They didn't embrace it in the '50s and '60s; they're not embracing it now. That's not new. I think it's a tendency among women in general not to be supportive of each other. -Faith Ringgold

It's only that we live in a patriarchal society, and therefore, the word 'feminism' has to be used as a counter to patriarchy. But feminism is about being equal. The word used should be 'equalist,' as it is about all humans being equal and respecting each other for that. -Kalki Koechlin

Being a feminist means asking for equality. But people take it the other way at times. It is looked down upon is because it is seen as man-hating. But, feminism is a really crazy idea that suggests men and women are equal. -Kalki Koechlin

I was guilty of appropriating when I did a video called 'Hard Out Here.' I was guilty of assuming that there was a one-size-fits-all where feminism is concerned. -Lily Allen

If feminism was a dress, it would be that essential little black number, reached for in times of need; different for everyone but a steady constant in a woman's life. Outspoken or understated, demure or provocative, worn to reflect the mood, the personality, the time. -Esther McVey

On YouTube, there's a right-wing extremism funnel. You start by watching a college student ranting about how dumb feminism is. It's wrong, but it's not especially sinister. And then, three suggested videos later, you're hearing about why we need a white ethno-state to save the race from a third-world invasion. -ContraPoints

'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' is an idealized, fun comedy world in which feminism is an underlying value that all the characters have. Equality is a value all the characters have. I mean, I want to live in that world. I'd like to make the world feel more like that, but I understand that it's a fantasy. -Stephanie Beatriz

I think a big part of feminism – and this is something I'm sure a bunch of women will take my head off for – but a big part of feminism is women allowing other women to just be the kind of women that they are. -Iliza Shlesinger

I believe that the 'believe all women' vision of feminism unintentionally fetishizes women. Women are no longer human and flawed. They are Truth personified. They are above reproach. -Bari Weiss

I want the kind of feminism that allows me to have a voice and to compete on equal terms with men yet still, potentially, to have one of them hurl me over their shoulder and carry me off somewhere, because I still find proper, old-fashioned masculinity deeply attractive. -Rachael Stirling

It just doesn't make any sense for someone to say, 'Is there room for people who support the state of Israel and do not criticize it in the movement?' There can't be in feminism. You either stand up for the rights of all women, including Palestinians, or none. There's just no way around it. -Linda Sarsour

When you talk about feminism, you're talking about the rights of all women and their families to live in dignity, peace, and security. It's about giving women access to health care and other basic rights. -Linda Sarsour

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