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Language And Gender Quotes


"Eating is our earliest metaphor, preceding our consciousness of gender difference, race, nationality, and language. We eat before we talk." - Margaret Atwood

"We are in the process of making the English language gender-neutral, and manliness, the quality of one gender, or rather, of one sex, seems to describe the essence of the enemy we are attacking, the evil we are eradicating." - Harvey Mansfield

"In language gender is particularly confusing. Why, please, should a table be male in German, female in French, and castrated in English?" - Marlene Dietrich

"Women's body language speaks eloquently, though silently, of her subordinate status in a hierarchy of gender." - Sandra Bartky

"Gender is the poetry each of us makes out of the language we are taught." - Leslie Feinberg

"Mortars and artillery don't discriminate against gender." - Lynsey Addario

"My idea here is that, inasmuch as certain cognitive tasks and principles are tied to nature's laws, these tasks and principles are indifferent to language, culture, gender, or the particular mode of information that is provided." - Edward Tufte

"The many factors which divide us are actually much more superficial than those we share. Despite all of the things that differentiate us - race, language, religion, gender, wealth and so on - we are all equal concerning our fundamental humanity." - Dalai Lama

"Marriage should be between a spouse and a spouse, not a gender and a gender." - Hendrik Hertzberg

"Do not ghettoize society by putting people into legal categories of gender, race, ethnicity, language, or other such characteristics." - Preston Manning

"Gender is between your ears and not between your legs." - Chastity Bono

"I dont see things with gender, race and culture" - Rad Hourani

"Gender is between your ears and not between your legs." - Chaz Bono

"I dislike arrogant men and diva behavior in either gender." - Robin Wright

"Love is pure and true; love knows no gender." - Tori Spelling

"Sexuality and gender don't change anyone's performance on the court." - Sheryl Swoopes

"The image of God, then, involves gender identity and complementarity. God created gender in duality as male and female." - Andrew Comiskey

"I am very gender-fluid and feel more like I wake up every day sort of gender neutral." - Ruby Rose

"Some version of 'Deal or No Deal' airs in 120 countries. And they play it exactly the same way, with models and briefcases. It crosses language and culture and gender, because it's the simplest game in the world, and everyone wants to press their luck." - Howie Mandel

"... that gender is a choice, or that gender is a role, or that gender is a construction that one puts on, as one puts on clothes in the morning, that there is a 'one' who is prior to this gender, a one who goes to the wardrobe of gender and decides with deliberation which gender it will be today." - Judith Butler

"The 1990s were also when a bunch of the soft-shoe language for race, gender, and class became paramount. Because before that I wasn't thinking about systems or food insecurity or whatever. I was just thinking about not getting picked on for being black and not being hungry." - Adrian Matejka

"I'm really lucky because my sister is a real activist soul and also hyper-intellectualized in this way that's really allowed me to wrap my mind around some of the bigger intellectual concepts and really understand the language around identity in the gender nonconforming community." - Lena Dunham

"So the aim for the press was a mixture of things: to publish under-represented writing, which is an intersection of original language, style, content, and often its author's gender. To publish it properly, in a way that makes it clear that this is art, not anthropology. To spotlight the importance of translation in making cultures less dully homogenous." - Deborah Smith

"Language is memory and metaphor." - Storm Jameson

"Do we need recourse to a happier state before the law in order to maintain that contemporary gender relations and the punitive production of gender identities are oppressive?" - Judith Butler

"Homophobia's just one form of abjection, and wherever you have a marker of deviance - skin colour, gender, gender identity, disability - you get the same mechanisms of prejudice." - Hal Duncan

"Gender equality, historically has been predominantly a women's movement for women. But I think the impact of gender inequality and how it's affecting men hasn't really been addressed." - Emma Watson

"My sense is that we may not need the language of innateness or genetics to understand that we are all ethically bound to recognize another person's declared or enacted sense of sex and/or gender. We do not have to agree upon the "origins" of that sense of self to agree that it is ethically obligatory to support and recognize sexed and gendered modes of being that are crucial to a person's well-being." - Judith Butler

"I love language, and I love the failure of language." - Nate Lowman

"In the most basic way, writers are defined not by the stories they tell, or their politics, or their gender, or their race, but by the words they use. Writing begins with language, and it is in that initial choosing, as one sifts through the wayward lushness of our wonderful mongrel English, that choice of vocabulary and grammar and tone, the selection on the palette, that determines who's sitting at that desk. Language creates the writer's attitude toward the particular story he's decided to tell." - Donald E Westlake

"Kindness and gentleness never had a gender, and neither did empathy." - Rebecca Solnit

"The modern campus is deeply obsessed by race and gender, and not much else." - John Leo

"Gender is really varied and complicated and sort of infinitely individualistic." - Susan Faludi

"Typical news accounts and commentaries about school shootings and rampage killings rarely mention gender." - Jackson Katz

"A special kind of beauty exists which is born in language, of language, and for language." - Gaston Bachelard

"Parenting is about being competent and responsible. It's not about gender, necessarily." - Dan Savage

"Our mothers are our most direct connection to our history and gender." - Hope Edelman

"The most important thing is to have a more open and honest dialogue about gender issues." - Sheryl Sandberg

"There are gender health differences, and we need to know what they are." - Laura Bush

"The connection between women's human rights, gender equality, socioeconomic development and peace is increasingly apparent." - Mahnaz Afkhami

"...gender is not sane. It's not sane to call a rainbow black and white." - Kate Bornstein

"Find something you're passionate about and just love. Passion is really gender neutralizing." - Marissa Mayer

"Gender based violence anywhere is a threat to peace and security everywhere." - John F Kerry

"war is a man's game ... the killing machine has a gender and it is male." - Virginia Woolf

"I can't change my gender, and I refuse to stop making movies." - Kathryn Bigelow

"You write people as human beings first and then the gender specific stuff second." - Irvine Welsh

"Painting is situational. And my particular situation exists within gender, race, class, sexuality, nation." - Kehinde Wiley

"I think people will have great conversations about religions, women's sexuality, gender issues and gay issues." - Pam Grier

"I've always been interested in writing from other people's perspectives and other gender perspectives." - Bradford Cox

"I believe in gender equality and I love that I can represent strong modern-day women." - Katie Cassidy

"I love technology, and I don't think it's something that should divide along gender lines." - Marissa Mayer

"Sometimes there are ways to minimize the importance of gender in life, or to confuse gender categories so that they no longer have descriptive power. But other times gender can be very important to us, and some people really love the gender that they have claimed for themselves." - Judith Butler

"It's my view that gender is culturally formed, but it's also a domain of agency or freedom and that it is most important to resist the violence that is imposed by ideal gender norms, especially against those who are gender different, who are nonconforming in their gender presentation." - Judith Butler

"Thought has no gender." - Vanna Bonta

"Patriarchy has no gender." - Bell Hooks

"Language operates between literal and metaphorical signification" - Robert Smithson

"Language transcends us and yet we speak." - Maurice Merleau-Ponty

"Language operates between literal and metaphorical signification." - Robert Smithson

"Gender is not something that one is, it is something one does, an act... a "doing" rather than a "being". There is no gender identity behind the expressions of gender; that identity is performatively constituted by the very "expressions" that are said to be its results. If the immutable character of sex is contested, perhaps this construct called 'sex' is as culturally constructed as gender; indeed, perhaps it was always already gender, with the consequence that the distinction between sex and gender turns out to be no distinction at all." - Judith Butler

"There is a clear difference between sexist parody and parody of sexism. Sexist parody encourages the players to mock and trivialize gender issues while parody of sexism disrupts the status quo and undermines regressive gender conventions." - Anita Sarkeesian

"Achieving gender equality requires the engagement of women and men, girls and boys. It is everyones responsibility." - Ban Ki-moon

"Here we meet, on the page, naked and unadorned: shorn of class, race, gender, sexual identity, age and nationality." - Will Self

"Maybe our gender is one thing and our sexuality is another. And that's a cool thing I think." - Amy Ray

"I've questioned issues of gender and sexuality since I was a teenager, and I did some experimenting." - Chloe Sevigny

"This thing... that can be understood and not expressed, may make a neuter gender; and every School-boy knows it." - Jeremy Taylor

"Gender injustice is a social impairment and therefore has to be corrected in social attitudes and behaviour." - Mohammad Hamid Ansari

"Achieving gender equality requires the engagement of women and men, girls and boys. It is everyone's responsibility." - Ban Kimoon

"I love a challenge. And I love defying limitation, gender stereotypes, and people's expectations of me as an actress." - Gwendoline Christie

"School is very conformist, and one of the very first conforming that goes on in preschool and kindergarten is gender." - Dan Savage

"Sexual, racial, gender violence and other forms of discrimination and violence in a culture cannot be eliminated without changing culture." - Charlotte Bunch

"Nowhere have women been more excluded from decision-making than in the military and foreign affairs. When it comes to the military and questions of nuclear disarmament, the gender gap becomes the gender gulf." - Eleanor Smeal

"A lot of my effort is to get people to talk about gender in a new way and to see that sexism and gender issues are so ingrained in us." - Jennifer Fox

"MMI brothers were very resistant to women such as Lynn Shiflet and others who emerged as leaders within the OAAU, so one of the tensions that occurred was around gender equality and gender leadership inside of Malcolm's X entourage." - Manning Marable

"A toy has no gender and no idea of whether a girl or boy is playing with it." - Letty Cottin Pogrebin

"We are undermining a generation's happiness by depriving them of national identity, religious identity, and gender identity" - Dennis Prager

"A family is a family not because of gender but because of values, like commitment, trust and love." - Gray Davis

"I think you pay people based on their work and not based on gender. It's that simple." - Stana Katic

"Drag queen is a gender like no other, and with practice I'd learned to rise to it." - Kate Bornstein

"Yes, there's a problem with gender as it is today, and we must fix it, we must do better." - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

"If you fall in love with someone gay and you're the opposite gender, it's not going to work." - Rosie O'Donnell

"To me, a great love story is a great love story, and it doesn't matter what gender is involved," - Piper Perabo

"When two individuals come together and leave their gender outside the bedroom door, then they make love." - Andrea Dworkin

"I focus on details, either of the body, or of objects that represent gender, sexuality, and other themes." - Lorna Simpson

"The more a person can look beyond gender orientation, the happier and more fulfilling life is likely to be." - Lance B. Wickman

"Issues of the economy are profoundly affected by how you live out sexual orientation and gender identity." - Amber Hollibaugh

"Choosing a Board of Directors based on race and gender is a lousy way to run a company." - T. J. Rodgers

"Looking at health through a gender lens is the first step to a more helpful and personalized approach to healing." - Jed Diamond

"I feel if you hold yourself as an artist first and foremost, the barriers of gender come down." - Ondi Timoner

"I feel nowadays that both women and men are embracing their individuality rather than being defined by gender roles." - Miranda Kerr

"The Statue of Liberty's gender changed nothing. It was the same here as anywhere: men and their wars." - Jeffrey Eugenides

"We pledge ourselves to liberate all our people from the continuing bondage of poverty, deprivation, suffering, gender and other discrimination." - Nelson Mandela

"If you fall in love with someone gay and you're the opposite gender, it's not going to work." - Rosie Odonnell

"Homosexuality is genetically hardwired but race and gender are only ideas. OK. Just trying to keep up." - Jim Goad

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

"Your race and gender don't change, but you can choose to change your political affiliation at will." - John Podhoretz

"Research conducted throughout the world shows gender balance in top positions contributes to improved competitiveness and better business performance." - Beth Brooke

"Race, gender, religion, sexuality, we are all people and that's it. We're all people. We're all equal." - Connor Franta

"If you think about the way the hearings were structured, the hearings were really about Thomas' race and my gender." - Anita Hill

"I'm the result of upbringing, class, race, gender, social prejudices, and economics. So I'm a victim again. A result." - James Hillman

"There are different chemistries you can have in different bands, and part of that's caused by the gender." - Susanna Hoffs

"The amount of gender violence that I experience is absolutely extraordinary. And a significant part of my day today will be spent filing police reports at home about gender violence that's directed at me in social media." - Ashley Judd

"Stopped as attribute of a person, sex inequality takes the form of gender; moving as a relation between people, it takes the form of sexuality. Gender emerges as the congealed form of the sexualization of inequaltiy between men and women." - Catharine Mackinnon

"If you are trying to live with and maintain ascendancy over same-gender attractions, the best way to do that is to have groups that define their members in terms other than same-gender attractions." - Dallin H. Oaks

"Ultimately, the wisest course for anybody who's afflicted with same-gender attraction is to strive to extend one's horizon beyond just one's sexual orientation, one's gender orientation, and to try to see the whole person." - Lance B. Wickman

"While gender stereotypes can have negative impacts on men as well, the vast majority of structural gender inequality: socially, politically, professionally and economically, as well as the overwhelming burden of sexual violence is disproportionately borne by women." - Laura Bates

"It seems to me that "Gender trouble" will always be important to try and open up our ideas of what gender is. So, I don't know if it's revolutionary, but maybe it still has something to say to those issues." - Judith Butler

"The benefits of feminism have been unequally distributed, because the move toward gender equality and gender neutrality has been countered to a large extent by the increase in economic inequality." - Stephanie Coontz

"If supporters of equality for women want to vote for the best candidate, they must look to a person regardless of gender and must disregard the gender of political opponents." - Karen Decrow

"Radical feminist theorists do not seek to make gender a bit more flexible, but to eliminate it. They are gender abolitionists, and understand gender to provide the framework and rationale for male dominance. In the radical feminist approach, masculinity is the behaviour of the male ruling class and femininity is the behaviour of the subordinate class of women. Thus gender can have no place in the egalitarian future that feminism aims to create." - Sheila Jeffreys

"One of the concepts I was having trouble illustrating was the concept that administrative systems create narrow categories of gender and force people into them in order to get their basic needs met - what I call "administrative violence." I had images of forms with gender boxes and ID cards with gender markers, but I also wanted an image that would capture how basic services like shelters are gender segregated." - Dean Spade

"When we say gender is performed, we usually mean that weve taken on a role or were acting in some way and that our acting or our role playing is crucial to the gender that we are and the gender that we present to the world." - Judith Butler

"I think the way we look upon gender is that we're realizing that we're not that different, which is a good thing. The United States needs to come further with that. In the Scandinavian countries, we've come further when it comes to gender politics and how we look upon gender and how women are treated in general." - Joel Kinnaman

"I have always firmly believed that every director should be judged solely by their work, and not by their work based on their gender. Hollywood is supposedly a community of forward-thinking and progressive people, yet this horrific situation for women directors persists. Gender discrimination stigmatizes our entire industry. Change is essential. Gender neutral hiring is essential." - Kathryn Bigelow

"When we say gender is performed, we usually mean that we've taken on a role or we're acting in some way and that our acting or our role playing is crucial to the gender that we are and the gender that we present to the world." - Judith Butler

"Photography is and is not a language; language also is and is not a photography." - William J. Mitchell

"I believe in gender equality." - Demi Lovato

"True badassery has no gender." - Alison Pill

"The soul has no gender." - Clarissa Pinkola Estes

"Color! What a deep and mysterious language, the language of dreams." - Paul Gauguin

"Everyone prays in their own language, and there is no language that God does not understand." - Duke Ellington

"Silence is God's language, and it's a very difficult language to learn." - Thomas Keating

"Thinking about language, while thinking _in_ language, leads to puzzles and paradoxes." - James Gleick

"Those who read in a second language write and spell better in that language." - Stephen D. Krashen

"Truth and falsity is something that concerns language, it's a property of language." - Errol Morris

"We tend to look through language and not realize how much power language has" - Deborah Tannen

"Design is just language and the real issue is what you use that language to do." - Tibor Kalman

"The only living language is the language in which we think and have our being." - Antonio Machado

"A man who has a language consequently possesses the world expressed and implied by that language." - Frantz Fanon

"Speak the language of high intelligence, and thus you speak the language of God." - Mehmet Murat Ildan

"There is the English language and then there's the Trump language." - David Brooks

"We tend to look through language and not realize how much power language has." - Deborah Tannen

"I call the language of political figures, pundits and administrators 'the haute couture of language.'" - Anna Deavere Smith

"Clearly, I'm committed to women's issues and stories and promoting gender equality. I have two incredible role models in Jenji [Kohan] and Shonda [Rhimes]." - Alysia Reiner

"God is the biggest storyteller, and when we create stories, we connect with him and with each other across cultural, religious and gender boundaries." - Elif Safak

"Remember and help America remember that the fellowship of human beings is more important than the fellowship of race and class and gender in a democratic society." - Marian Wright Edelman

"Sign language is my first language. English and Spanish are my second languages. I learned Spanish from my grandparents, sign language from my parents, and English from television." - Jack Jason

"Filmmaking is challenging for men and women. In both cases, it is incredibly difficult. And gender is neither a guarantee of greater sensitivity, capacity for empathy or aperture." - Claudia Llosa

"Sisterhood cannot be assumed on the basis of gender; it must be forged in concrete historical and political practice and analysis" - Chandra Talpade Mohanty

"I'm interested in the female dom/male sub dynamic, and how superficially it can seem like a total reverse of gender roles and maybe even subversive or something." - Marie Calloway

"In our hearts and in our laws, we must treat all our people with fairness and dignity, regardless of their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation. . . ." - William J Clinton

"From joblessness to lack of education and professional skills to sexual and gender-based violence, women face a multi-faceted oppression." - Zainab Salbi

"America cannot be America in the new century until it deals with these new questions of gender, including the trans issues, and the questions around faith and Islam." - Van Jones

"Human beings make mistakes, so we all make mistakes and wrong decisions. Being able to make a decision and act upon it is not gender specific." - Helen Mirren

"The clarity of gender makes possible the human dialectic. Let the lines of balanced tension go slack and the structure dissolves into the ooze of androgyny and narcissism." - Lewis H Lapham

"Whether born from experience or inherent physiological or cultural differences our gender and national origins may and will make a difference in our judging." - Sonia Sotomayor

"Amo, amas, I love a lass, As a cedar tall and slender; Sweet cowslip's grace is her nominative case, And she's of the feminine gender." - John O'Keefe

"I'm not telling women to be like men. I'm telling us to evaluate what men and women do in the workforce and at home without the gender bias." - Sheryl Sandberg

"Class, race, sexuality, gender and all other categories by which we categorize and dismiss each other need to be excavated from the inside." - Dorothy Allison

"So much has happened to obscure the dialogue about race and about gender and discrimination in general, especially where those things touch on economics." - Tracy Chapman

"Gender and race got very entwined in the 19th century, as abolition broke out, and then women wanted the right to speak about it." - Sue Monk Kidd



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