Quotes

“The accusation of man hating and male bashing also shifts attention away from women and onto men in a sympathetic way that reinforces patriarchal male centeredness while putting women on the defensive for criticizing it. In the process, it portrays men as victims of a gender prejudice that on the surface seems comparable to the sexism directed at women. Like many such false parallels, this ignores the fact that antifemale and antimale prejudices have different social bases and produce very different consequences. Resentment and hatred of women are grounded in a misogynist culture that devalues femaleness itself as part of male privilege and female oppression. For women, however, mainstream patriarchal culture offers no comparable antimale ideology, and so their resentment is based more on experience as a subordinate group and men’s part in it.”  -Allan G. Johnson

“Gay is not something we do. It’s something we are. I’m not just gay when I’m making love to my husband. I’m gay all the time. I’m gay right this minute talking to you, and it … affects how I relate to the world, how I relate to people.” -Gene Robinson

“If you like a person, you like the person, not their genitals.” Jess C. Scott, Tongue Tied

“Love is not getting high on fantasies of romance, the perfect lover, absolute happiness and sexual ecstasy. Love is based on a two way communication and respect, and that only exists between equals.” Anselma Dell’Olio

“Society tells a man: You are a Warrior, the world is yours to Conquer. Society tells the woman: You are a Peacemaker. The World is your home, build and keep it Safe.” Eresi Ann Uduka

“We’ve begun to raise daughters more like sons… but few have the courage to raise our sons more like our daughters.” ~Gloria Steinem

Our true nature is free of any and all notions of gender, of any notions of difference whatsoever. -Andrew Cohen

“Sexual, racial, gender violence, and other discrimination and violence in a culture cannot be eliminated without changing culture.” ~Alan Harrington

There is no gender identity behind the expressions of gender… Identity is performatively constituted by the very `expressions` that are said to be its results.-Judith Butler, Gender Trouble

I followed the trail out of the room, invigorated by the possibility of reinventing my own body. The meaning was mine, as long as I was with those who had the vision and vocabulary to understand my creation.
― Nick Krieger, Nina Here Nor There: My Journey Beyond Gender

“There are a lot of people who like to think they don`t have prejudices and that they`re open people, and yet, we all have that in ourselves, oftentimes against people of our own race or our own gender or whatever.” -Jim McKay, American television sports journalist

I`m not convinced that what are traditionally considered to be male energies or qualities or female energies or qualities really have as much to do with gender as many people think they do. -Andrew Cohen, film and television producer

When a human being becomes so still that they begin to lose awareness of their gender, and they are simply looking into that abyss where there is no notion of self whatsoever, the world disappears. And that`s really the only place to go. It`s the only place to remain. -Andrew Cohen

There`s been so much equalizing that we`ve all kind of lost a little sense of who and what we`re about, and a certain amount of definitions of who and what being a woman and being a man is about. It`s almost like a murky middle ground that sometimes diffuses the definition and out of that has indeed spawned, in certain areas, misogynism. -Jude Law, American actor

“Whenever she imagined her child, grown up without interference from a judgemental world, she imagined its male and female halves as complementing each other, and as being secretly, almost magically powerful.”― Kathleen Winter, Annabel

“It is fatal to be a man or woman pure and simple; one must be woman-manly or man-womanly. … Some marriage of opposites has to be consummated.”― Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

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