Kate Millett Quotes

29 Kate Millett quotes:

"The great mass of women throughout history have been confined to the cultural level of animal life in providing the male with sexual outlet and exercising the animal functions of reproduction and care of the young."
"Aren't women prudes if they don't and prostitutes if they do?"
"Everybody believes in psychiatry; it's supposed to be for our own good. Let psychiatry prove that anybody has an illness, and I'd concede, but there is no physical proof."
"It was horrifying. You wouldn't believe how people are treated there. You could see that these people had withdrawn so far that they just lived in their own minds. They did terrible things to themselves."
"As women, we're probably more protective of children. Also, we've been minors all of our history."
"The involuntary character of psychiatric treatment is at odds with the spirit and ethics of medicine itself."
"They are more beautiful than anything in the world, kinetic sculptures, perfect form in motion."
"A sexual revolution begins with the emancipation of women, who are the chief victims of patriarchy, and also with the ending of homosexual oppression."
"Because of our social circumstances, male and female are really two cultures and their life experiences are utterly different."
"Given the conditions under which you're a young person in this society, many things would be at least as important to you as your sexuality."
"However muted its present appearance may be, sexual dominion obtains nevertheless as perhaps the most pervasive ideology of our culture and provides its most fundamental concept of power."
"I'm slammed with an identity that can no longer say a word; mute with responsibility."
"In those days, when you got boxed, that was it. A lot of old people were there because somebody wanted the farm. It was about property. People are treated like property."
"Isn't privacy about keeping taboos in their place?"
"It would appear that love is dead. Or very likely in a bad way."
"Many women do not recognize themselves as discriminated against; no better proof could be found of the totality of their conditioning."
"Men and women were declared equal one morning and everybody could divorce each other by postcard."
"Mother had committed me for life. This is where I felt betrayed the most."
"My sister said, You're making it hard for all us housewives in Nebraska."
"The concept of romantic love affords a means of emotional manipulation which the male is free to exploit, since love is the only circumstance in which the female is (ideologically) pardoned for sexual activity."

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