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A Quote by Ayaan Hirsi Ali on european, elite, self-image, woman, and women

I confront the European elite's self-image as tolerant 'while under their noses women are living like slaves.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Source: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/a/ayaan_hirsi_ali.html

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A Quote by Paulo Coelho on women, archetypes, meaning, and purpose

We women, when we're searching for a meaning to our lives or for the path of knowledge, always identify with one of four classic archetypes.

The Virgin (and I'm not speaking here of a sexual virgin) is the one whose search springs from her complete independence, and everything she learns is the fruit of her ability to face challenges alone.

The Martyr finds her way to self-knowledge through pain, suffering, and surrender.

The Saint finds her true reason for living in unconditional love and in her ability to give without asking anything in return.

Finally, the Witch justifies her existence by going in search of complete and limitless pleasure.

Paulo Coelho

Source: The Witch of Portobello, Pages: 12

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A Quote by Paulo Coelho on women, imagination, creativity, witchcraft, hysteria, wisdom, and wise women

Our imagination is larger than the world around us; we go beyond our limits.  This used to be called 'witchcraft,' but fortunately things have changed, otherwise we would both already have been burned at the stake.  When they stopped burning women, science found an explanation for our behavior, normally referred to as 'female hysteria.'  We don't get burned anymore, but it does cause problems, especially in the workplace.  But don't worry, eventually they'll call it 'wisdom.'

Paulo Coelho

Source: The Witch of Portobello, Pages: 176

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by Erica Jong on women, bodies, aging, agelessness, thinness, wrinkle creams, and cosmetics

the belly may be kept firm through numerous pregnancies
by means of sit-ups     jogging     dancing     (think of Russian ballerinas)
    & the cunt
as far as I know is ageless     possibly immortal     becoming simply
more open     more quick to understand     more dry-eyed     than at 22

which

after all     is what you were dying for     (as you ravaged
islands of turtles     beehives     oysterbeds     the udders of cows)
desperate to censor changes which you simply might     have let play
over you         lying back     listening         opening yourself
    letting the years make love the only way
        (poor blunderers)
            they know

Erica Jong (1942 -)

Source: Cries of The Spirit, Pages: 37 (from Aging (balm...))

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by Erica Jong on women, aging, wrinkle creams, and cosmetics

Hooked for two years now on wrinkle creams     creams for
crowsfeet     ugly lines (if only there were one!)
any perfumed grease     which promises     youth     beauty
not truth     but all I need on earth     I've been studying
     how women age

Erica Jong (1942 -)

Source: Cries of The Spirit, Pages: 35 (from Aging (balm...))

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by Denise Levertov on women, inconstancy, and flow

If woman is inconstant, good, I am faithful to ebb and flow, I fall in season and now is a time of ripening.

Denise Levertov

Source: Cries of The Spirit, Pages: 24 (from Stepping Westward)

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by Denise Levertov on women and self-esteem

There is no savor more sweet, more salt than to be glad to be what, woman, and who, myself, I am...

Denise Levertov

Source: Cries of The Spirit, Pages: 24 (from Stepping Westward)

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by Lucille Iverson on women, name-calling, and self-determination

For you, who have
Condemned me as
Witch, as
Mother,     – I
Have no more
Any pity;
For you who have
Despised me as
Succubi, as
Ball-breaker...

My Passion is
Mine, nor am I
Vampire, nor
Banshee, nor
Screamer, nor
Waiting;     – I
Have turned away, and     I
Face a distance I
Have not run;      – I
Raise my fist beside the
Door of My Dreams and I
Take Time,
My Time,
All of it
In my Hands.

Lucille Iverson

Source: Cries of The Spirit, Pages: 25-27 (from Outrage)

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by Margaret Fuller on women, marriage, and equality

I have urged on Woman independence of Man, not that I do not think the sexes mutually needed by one another, but because in Woman this fact has led to an excessive devotion, which has cooled love, degraded marriage, and prevented either sex from being what it should be to itself or the other.
I wish Woman to live, first for God's sake.  Then she will not make an imperfect man her god, and thus sink to idolatry.  Then she will not take what is not fit for her from a sense of weakness and poverty.  Then, if she finds what she needs in Man embodied, she will know how to love, and be worthy of being loved.

Margaret Fuller (1810 - 1850)

Source: Cries of The Spirit, Pages: 27 (Woman in the 19th Century)

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by Emma Goldman on feminism, marriage, and women

Nora leaves her husband, not--as the stupid critic would have it--because she is tired of her responsibilities or feels the need of woman's rights, but because she has come to know that for eight years she had lived with a stranger and borne him children.  Can there be anything more humiliating, more degrading than a life-long proximity between two strangers?  No need for the woman to know anything of the man, save his income.  As to the knowledge of the woman--what is there to know except that she has a pleasing appearance? 

Emma Goldman (1869 - 1940)

Contributed by: Lauren

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