There, right in the midst of our lives, is that which satisfies the craving for inequality, and acts as a permanent reminder that medicine is not food. Hence a mans reaction to monarchy is a kind of test. Monarchy can easily be debunked;' but watch the faces, mark the accents of the debunkers. These are the men whose tap-root in Eden has been cut: whom no rumour of the polyphony, the dance, can reach - men to whom pebbles laid in a row are more beautiful than an arch. Yet even if they desire equality, they cannot reach it. Where men are forbidden to honour a king they honour millionaires, athletes or film-stars instead: even famous prostitutes or gangsters. For spiritual nature, like bodily nature, will be served; deny it food and it will gobble poison.
[Reality] [Equality] [Human Nature] [Inequality] [Cs Lewis]
You know it's never fifty-fifty in a marriage. It's always seventy-thirty, or sixty-forty. Someone falls in love first. Someone puts someone else up on a pedestal. Someone works very hard to keep things rolling smoothly; someone else sails along for the ride.
[Love] [Jodi Picoult] [Marriage] [Inequality]
The first person who, having enclosed a plot of land, took it into his head to say this is mine and found people simple enough to believe him was the true founder of civil society. What crimes, wars, murders, what miseries and horrors would the human race have been spared, had some one pulled up the stakes or filled in the ditch and cried out to his fellow men: "Do not listen to this imposter. You are lost if you forget that the fruits of the earth belong to all and the earth to no one!
[Inequality] [Jean-Jacques Rousseau]
If people lived to be a thousand years old, there?d be extreme inequality, based not on class like now, but on genetics. Think how far behind unmotivated and lazy people lag now after only 65 years on earth, and then multiply that by 15.
[Life] [Jarod Kintz] [Age] [Motivation] [Earth] [Inequality] [Classism] [Class] [Old Age] [Genetics] [Lazy] [Unmotivated]
Not all men (and especially the wisest) share the opinion that it is bad for women to be educated. But it is very true that many foolish men have claimed this because it displeased them that women knew more than they did.
[Wisdom] [Women] [Education] [Men] [Knowledge] [Empowerment] [Inequality] [Christine De Pizan] [Suppression] [Abilities] [Superiority]
Those who plead their cause in the absence of an opponent can invent to their heart's content, can pontificate without taking into account the opposite point of view and keep the best arguments for themselves, for aggressors are always quick to attack those who have no means of defence.
[Strength] [Double Standards] [Weakness] [Hypocrisy] [Inequality] [Deceit] [Falsehood] [Injustice] [Christine De Pizan] [Argument] [Misrepresentation] [Defenselessness] [Unfairness] [One Sidedness]
What tale do you like best to hear?' 'Oh, I have not much choice! They generally run on the same theme - courtship; and promise to end in the same catastrophe - marriage.
[Love] [Women] [Marriage] [Sarcasm] [Charlotte Bronte] [Empowerment] [Gender] [Irony] [Charlotte Brontë] [Choice] [Inequality] [Matrimony] [Discord] [Courtship] [Storytelling] [Disharmony] [Subjection]
If it is as evil to do lechery as the Bible and the Lord Himself tell us, then who is the more blameworthy: the one who instigates it, or the one who doesn't so much do it as suffer what men do to her? You know very well that it is the male who it, and whoever says otherwise is wrong and is lying through his teeth, unless he has no teeth -- and would to God he hadn't.
[Women] [Men] [Anonymous] [Double Standards] [Gender] [Misogyny] [Social Norms] [Inequality] [Stereotypes] [Chastity] [Immorality]
It was possible, no doubt, to imagine a society in which wealth, in the sense of personal possessions and luxuries, should be evenly distributed, while power remained in the hands of a small privileged caste. But in practice such a society could not long remain stable. For if leisure and security were enjoyed by all alike, the great mass of human beings who are normally stupefied by poverty would become literate and would learn to think for themselves; and when once they had done this, they would sooner or later realise that the privileged minority had no function, and they would sweep it away. In the long run, a hierarchical society was only possible on a basis of poverty and ignorance.
[Society] [George Orwell] [Poverty] [Dystopia] [Inequality] [Fear Of The Future]
Yet if women are so flighty, fickle, changeable, susceptible, and inconstant (as some clerks would have us believe), why is it that their suitors have to resort to such trickery to have their way with them? And why don't women quickly succumb to them, without the need for all this skill and ingenuity in conquering them? For there is no need to go to war for a castle that is already captured. (...) Therefore, since it necessary to call on such skill, ingenuity, and effort in order to seduce a woman, whether of high or humble birth, the logical conclusion to draw is that women are by no means as fickle as some men claim, or as easily influenced in their behaviour. And if anyone tells me that books are full of women like these, it is this very reply, frequently given, which causes me to complain. My response is that women did not write these books nor include the material which attacks them and their morals. Those who plead their cause in the absence of an opponent can invent to their heart's content, can pontificate without taking into account the opposite point of view and keep the best arguments for themselves, for aggressors are always quick to attack those who have no means of defence. But if women had written these books, I know full well the subject would have been handled differently. They know that they stand wrongfully accused, and that the cake has not been divided up equally, for the strongest take the lion's share, and the one who does the sharing out keeps the biggest portion for himself.
[Women] [Men] [Books] [Double Standards] [Perception] [Gender] [Prejudice] [Hypocrisy] [Misogyny] [Social Norms] [Inequality] [Deceit] [Stereotypes] [Injustice] [Christine De Pizan] [Suppression] [Slander] [Misrepresentation] [Defenselessness] [Fickleness] [Unfairness] [One Sidedness] [Received Opinion]
[Adultery] is as great a sin in the husband as in the wife, in fact more so; but ... it is not God's truth but male wickedness that holds men less guilty of the same sin. Men are less often caught or punished for adultery than women, not because they are less guilty but because they are more guilty -- and bolder and more cunning in passsing off their sin, while they practically all support each other in it. It is men who are witnesses, judges, and enforcers of punishment against adultery in women. And because they are deeply guilty of it themselves, they are more or less unanimous in their efforts to back up their promiscuity.
[Women] [Men] [Anonymous] [Double Standards] [Gender] [Prejudice] [Sexuality] [Hypocrisy] [Misogyny] [Social Norms] [Inequality] [Judgment] [Stereotypes] [Fidelity] [Injustice] [Adultery]
My Lady, you certainly tell me about wonderful constancy, strength and virtue and firmness of women, so can one say the same thing about men? (...) Response [by Lady Rectitude]: "Fair sweet friend, have you not yet heard the saying that the fool sees well enough a small cut in the face of his neighbour, but he disregards the great gaping one above his own eye? I will show you the great contradiction in what the men say about the changeability and inconstancy of women. It is true that they all generally insist that women are very frail [= fickle] by nature. And since they accuse women of frailty, one would suppose that they themselves take care to maintain a reputation for constancy, or at the very least, that the women are indeed less so than they are themselves. And yet, it is obvious that they demand of women greater constancy than they themselves have, for they who claim to be of this strong and noble condition cannot refrain from a whole number of very great defects and sins, and not out of ignorance, either, but out of pure malice, knowing well how badly they are misbehaving. But all this they excuse in themselves and say that it is in the nature of man to sin, yet if it so happens that any women stray into any misdeed (of which they themselves are the cause by their great power and longhandedness), then it's suddenly all frailty and inconstancy, they claim. But it seems to me that since they do call women frail, they should not support that frailty, and not ascribe to them as a great crime what in themselves they merely consider a little defect.
[Women] [Men] [Feminism] [Double Standards] [Empowerment] [Sin] [Gender] [Prejudice] [Hypocrisy] [Misogyny] [Social Norms] [Vice] [Inequality] [Stereotypes] [Christine De Pizan] [Slander] [Constancy] [Preconceptions] [Frailty] [Strength Of Character] [Firmness]
It was a fact generally acknowledged by all but the most contumacious spirits at the beginning of the seventeenth century that woman was the weaker vessel; weaker than man, that is. ... That was the way God had arranged Creation, sanctified in the words of the Apostle. ... Under the common law of England at the accession of King James I, no female had any rights at all (if some were allowed by custom). As an unmarried woman her rights were swallowed up in her father's, and she was his to dispose of in marriage at will. Once she was married her property became absolutely that of her husband. What of those who did not marry? Common law met that problem blandly by not recognizing it. In the words of [the leading 17th century compendium on women's legal status]: 'All of them are understood either married or to be married.' In 1603 England, in short, still lived in a world governed by feudal law, where a wife passed from the guardianship of her father to her husband; her husband also stood in relation to her as a feudal lord.
[Women] [Marriage] [History] [Men] [Feminism] [Empowerment] [Gender] [Fathers] [Independence] [Self Determination] [Husbands] [Misogyny] [Social Norms] [Inequality] [Matrimony] [Bonds] [Common Law] [Antonia Fraser] [Married Life] [Women S Rights] [Subjugation] [Property] [Wedlock] [Feudalism] [Guardianship] [The Lawes Resolutions]
This pre-eminence is something [men] have unjustly arrogated to themselves. And when it's said that women must be subject to men, the phrase should be understood in the same sense as when we say we are subject to natural disasters, diseases, and all the other accidents of this life: it's not a case of being subjected in the sense of obeying, but rather of suffering an imposition, not a case of serving them fearfully, but rather of tolerating them in a spirit of Christian charity, since they have been given to us by God as a spiritual trial.
[Women] [Men] [Feminism] [Empowerment] [Gender] [Dignity] [Misogyny] [Social Norms] [Inequality] [Self Esteem] [Superiority] [Subjugation] [Moderata Fonte] [Subjection] [Pre Eminence]