A Quote by Adrienne Rich on life, the future, and mothers of sons

If I could have one wish for my own sons, it is that they should have the courage of women. I mean by this something very concrete and precise: the courage I have seen in women who, in their private and public lives, both in the interior world of their dreaming, thinking and creating, and the outer world of patriarchy, are taking greater and greater risks, both paychic and physical, in the evolution of a new vision.

I would like my sons not to shrink from this kind of pain, not to settle for the old male defenses, including that of fatalistic self-hatred. And I would wish them to do this not for me, or for other women, but for themselves, and for the sake of life in the planet Earth.

Adrienne Rich (1929 -)

Source: Of Woman Born

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