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Radical Feminist Quotes


"I'm a radical feminist, not the fun kind." - Andrea Dworkin

"I am what would be called a 'mainstream feminist,' not a radical feminist." - Joyce Carol Oates

"I'm not radical." - Jack Kevorkian

"I've never been a feminist." - Dolly Parton

"Be as radical as Reality." - Vladimir Lenin

"Radical surgery is never fun." - Brent Spiner

"I consider myself a rampant feminist." - Cindy Gallop

"I still consider myself a feminist." - Suzanne Vega

"To say 'radical feminist' is only a way of indicating that I believe the sexual caste system is a root of race and class and other divisions." - Gloria Steinem

"Artists are the radical voice of civilization." - Paul Robeson

"The key to success is radical generosity." - Agapi Stassinopoulos

"Yoga is the practice of radical transformation" - Georg Feuerstein

"Radical conservatives want to police bedrooms." - Robert Reich

"For me, 'revolution' simply means radical change." - Aung San Suu Kyi

"To be a feminist is to be alive" - Margaret Cho

"Life is a big battle for the complete feminist ..." - Crystal Eastman

"As a feminist, I'll wear whatever I want to." - Paula Broadwell

"I'm a feminist. I've always been in favor of women." - Carl Andre

"Womanist is to feminist as purple is to lavender." - Alice Walker

"Feminist pedagogy can only be liberatory if it is truly revolutionary because the mechanisms of appropriation within white supremacist, capitalist patriarchy are able to co-opt with tremendous ease that which merely appears radical or subversive" - Bell Hooks

"Women tend to be conservative in youth and get more radical as they get older because they lose power with age. So, if a young woman is not a feminist, I say, just wait." - Gloria Steinem

"When Hillary Clinton was in the Clinton White House as first lady, the left - the right accused her of being wide eyed radical lesbian feminist and in some issues, like welfare reform, she pushed back against the new ." - David Corn

"My mother didn't want me to be a feminist, a radical, political person, because she was scared. She wanted me to be protected and safe, but my life never was." - Isabel Allende

"Women tend to be conservative in youth and get more radical as they get older because they lose power with age. So if a young woman is not a feminist, I say, 'Just wait.'" - Gloria Steinem

"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

"I think the best article was the article about radical feminists being against transgender women. I found that the most fascinating article and I absolutely loved it. I love battles within the gay community or feminist community. I love radical theorists." - John Waters

"I have had the advantage of a radical Christian upbringing" - Tony Benn

"A radical is one who speaks the truth." - Charles August Lindbergh

"Radical simply means "grasping things at the root." - Angela Davis

"The depressed person is a radical, sullen atheist." - Julia Kristeva

"It's not radical Islam that worries the US - it's independence" - Noam Chomsky

"We need radical thinking, creative ideas, and imagination." - Mairead Corrigan

"One radical free spirit nonconformist is pretty much like another." - George Will

"Love-making is radical, while marriage is conservative." - Eric Hoffer

"Shannon's most radical insight was that meaning was irrelevant." - William Poundstone

"Empathy is the most radical of human emotions." - Gloria Steinem

"To be radical is to grasp things by the root." - Karl Marx

"Radical Islam has been the foe of Christendom for centuries." - Tom Tancredo

"Radical simply means 'grasping things at the root.'" - Angela Davis

"The radical elements in Islam are very dangerous." - Brent Scowcroft

"The work is what it is and hopefully it's seen as feminist work, or feminist-advised work, but I'm not going to go around espousing theoretical bullshit about feminist stuff." - Cindy Sherman

"There will be no mass-based feminist movement as long as feminist ideas are understood only by a well-educated few." - Bell Hooks

"Whenever a woman describes herself as a 'post-feminist' I picture women lashed to posts. Joan of Arc was an early post-feminist." - Kate Clinton

"I realized that calling yourself a feminist or not calling yourself a feminist, just by being in a band of all girls, it's all you talk about." - Kathleen Hanna

"I deplore the shying away that can go on, within women, from the term 'feminist.' I am, absolutely, all about being a feminist." - Cindy Gallop

"Radical militant feminist believes that women of color and Black women in particular have written the cutting edge theory and really were the individuals who exploded feminist theory into the directions that has made it more powerful. So I see us as the leaders not just of Black people and Black women in terms of feminism but in terms of the movement as a whole." - Bell Hooks

"If you believe in equality, you're a feminist. Sorry to tell you." - Emma Watson

"The feminist movement has far more anger for men than it has love for women." - Dennis Prager

"I am not a feminist, but I do believe in the strength of women." - Katy Perry

"Yes, I'm a feminist, because I see all women as smart, gifted and tough." - Zaha Hadid

"I consider myself conscious of how we're treated, and sometimes I can be a feminist." - Pam Grier

"I'm not a total feminist, but I believe in rights for females." - Pam Grier

"Courage to be is the key to revelatory power of the feminist revolution." - Mary Daly

"I try my hardest to push the point that I am a feminist." - Jenna Jameson

"I would like to think I am feminist in some sorts." - Jessie Ware

"I don't know why it's still a taboo to be a feminist." - Gemma Arterton

"You could call me a 'card-carrying feminist,' if there were a card to carry." - Susannah Grant

"I'd rather be a lady of the evening than a feminist." - Wendy E Long

"Beyonce is not above critique. As a feminist herself, I hope Beyonce would welcome it." - Roxane Gay

"Women have seen that they have locked themselves up with feminist writing." - Nathalie Sarraute

"I was in college in the '60s, and the whole feminist movement had swept me up." - Laura Schlessinger

"I don't necessarily think of myself as a feminist, but I'm a whole person." - Jill Scott

"Now my mother, interestingly enough, was not a feminist in her own mind." - Elizabeth Moon

"We will not defeat radical Islamic terrorists as long as we have a president [Barack Obama] unwilling to utter the words 'radical Islamic terrorists'." - Ted Cruz

"Radical Chic... is only radical in Style; in its heart it is part of Society and its tradition- Politics, like Rock, Pop, and Camp, has its uses." - Tom Wolfe

"The radical of one century is the conservative of the next. The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out, the conservative adopts them." - Mark Twain

"The Communist revolution is the most radical rupture with traditional property relations; no wonder that its development involves the most radical rupture with traditional ideas." - Karl Marx

"The radical of one century is the conservative of the next. The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out, the conservative adopt." - Mark Twain

"Radical constructivism, thus, is radical because it breaks with convention and develops a theory of knowledge in which knowledge does not reflect an 'objective' ontological reality." - Paul Watzlawick

"It's true that this is one of the problems which often arises among my radical, revolutionary feminist friends: Do you have to join the system or not? On the one hand, if you don't, you risk being ineffectual. But if you do, from that moment on, you place your feminism at the service of a system which you want to take apart." - Simone De Beauvoir

"Men have defined the parameters of every subject. All feminist arguments, however radical in intent or consequence, are with or against assertions or premises implicit in the male system, which is made credible or authentic by the power of men to name." - Andrea Dworkin

"President Obama and his radical feminist enforcers have had it in for Catholic medical providers from the get-go. It's about time all people of faith fought back against this unprecedented encroachment on religious liberty. First, they came for the Catholics. Who's next?" - Michelle Malkin

"A radical is a man with both feet firmly planted-in the air." - Franklin D Roosevelt

"Radical transformation of society requires personal and spiritual change first or at least simultaneously" - Sulak Sivaraksa

"As we grow older we should become not less radical but more so." - Margaret Laurence

"Christianity is an extreme call to a radical life following a revolutionary leader." - Steve Saint

"The most radical thing I ever did was to stay put." - Grace Lee Boggs

"... be radical about grace and relentless about truth and resolute about holiness..." - Ann Voskamp

"Cannibalism is a radical but realistic solution to the problem of overpopulation." - Prince Philip

"One of the most radical things that you can do is really listen to someone." - Katrina vanden Heuvel

"If you want to say something radical, you should dress conservative." - Steven Biko

"Narrative is radical, creating us at the very moment it is being created." - Toni Morrison

"Through radical generosity, we are awakening in people an in built divine consciousness of His goodness." - Bill Johnson

"Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha." - Tara Brach

"Perhaps the most radical act we can commit is to stay home." - Terry Tempest Williams

"Our enemies are a radical network of terrorists - and every government that supports them." - George W Bush

"We are in the extreme centre, the radical middle. That is our position." - Pierre Trudeau

"Now watch what you say or they'll be calling you radical, liberal, fanatical, criminal." - Roger Hodgson

"A radical and transformative thought goes nowhere without the willingness to challenge convention." - Malcolm Gladwell

"Christianity is just as threatening as radical Islam in a country like America" - Rosie O'Donnell

"We need radical curiosity and reverent pranks, voracious listening and ferocious thanks." - Rob Brezsny

"Living radical isn't about where you live - it's about how you love." - Ann Voskamp

"The cure for the greatest part of human miseries is not radical, but palliative." - Samuel Johnson

"Like all the best radical positions, then, mine is a thoroughly traditionalist one." - Terry Eagleton

"Prayer for revival will prevail when it is accompanied by radical amendment of life; not before." - Aiden Wilson Tozer

"The thirteenth rule of radical tactics: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it." - Saul Alinsky

"The welfare system is the breeding ground of crime, addiction and radical politics." - James Cook

"A.J. [Muste] was a - as he likes to say, a radical pacifist." - Nat Hentoff

"That's what I mean by radical truth. I mean accepting reality." - Ray Dalio

"Radical obedience always gives priority to what God has said over what He hasn't said." - Bill Johnson

"Women may be the one group that grows more radical with age." - Gloria Steinem

"No Christian can be a pessimist, for Christianity is a system of radical optimism." - William Ralph Inge

"One must always try to be as radical as reality itself." - Vladimir Lenin

"Practice radical humility." He (or she)who masters the art of humility cannot be humiliated..." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I wouldn't call it radical; I would call it enthusiasm for progress." - John Templeton

"The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution." - Hannah Arendt

"I consider myself not a conservative libertarian but a radical '60s libertarian." - Camille Paglia

"I support this war on terror and the war on radical Islam." - Dana Rohrabacher

"What I do isn't radical. It's just distinct in small ways." - Annabelle Selldorf

"The radical right is so homophobic that they're blaming global warming on the AIDS quilt." - Dennis Miller

"To be truly radical is to make hope possible rather than despair convincing." - Raymond Williams

"I am still radical!" - Alejandro Jodorowsky

"I am a radical." - Carter G Woodson

"The movement towards radical transparency and accountability has been gaining steam for several decades." - Heather Brooke

"Radical self-care is quantum, and radiates out into the atmosphere, like a little fresh air." - Anne Lamott

"Being an old radical, I like films like Spartacus. I could relate to the hero." - Alex North

"I'm not just a feminist - I'm a feminist plus." - Buchi Emecheta

"To me, a woman can't be a feminist just because she is a woman. She is a feminist because she begins to divest herself of sexist ways of thinking and revolutionizes her consciousness." - Bell Hooks

"No, I'm not feminist. I'm not, not a feminist." - Lily Rabe

"To me, a feminist belongs in the same category as a humanist or an advocate for human rights. I don't see why someone who's a feminist should be thought of differently." - Suzanne Vega

"I kind of love that there's not really a feminist canon; or maybe there is, but it's being changed, that it's a constantly moving canon in the feminist blogosphere. I love that." - Jessica Valenti

"So, when the discussion about not using the term feminist came up at a conference workshop, I couldn't believe it. The more I listened, the more I felt the need to express my passion about my identity as a feminist." - Betty Buckley

"I don't try to be feminist. I just am. It's innately inside me. I have no interest in trying to be the perfect feminist, but I do believe feminists are in good hands with me." - Amy Schumer

"If you look up feminist in the dictionary, it just means someone who believes men and women have equal rights..." - Aziz Ansari

"For me, to be a feminist is to answer the question 'Are women human?' with a yes." - Katha Pollitt

"I'm a feminist at heart, and I'm totally aware of why people have an issue with this show." - Jamie Dornan

"I've been feminist for most of my life, it is a constantly evolving idea, not something static." - Bonnie Greer

"My idea of a true feminist is a woman who feels free enough to do whatever she wants." - Lana Del Rey

"I'm a feminist, but I think that romance has been taken away a bit for my generation." - Emma Watson

"[Feminist:] One who believes in the liberation of that which has been suppressed as female in a man." - Betty Friedan

"I feel like there's this weird thing that as a feminist band you get put in this role as ambassadors." - Kathleen Hanna

"Women are feminist by default." - Caitlin Moran

"Fat Is a Feminist Issue." - Susie Orbach

"If the feminist program goes to pieces on the arrival of the first baby, it's false and useless." - Crystal Eastman

"To be a feminist, you could cut your hair really short. You have to be really angry about something." - Tucker Carlson

"Social media is not just another way to connect feminist and activist voices - it amplifies our messages as well." - Jessica Valenti

"I try to be feminist in, like, I love myself and I don't need someone else's approval." - Amy Lee

"But the true feminist deals out of a lesbian consciousness whether or not she ever sleeps with women." - Audre Lorde

"I think it was really entering my 30s that I began to embrace feminism and call myself a feminist." - Roxane Gay

"Putting women in military combat is the cutting edge of the feminist goal to force us into an androgynous society." - Phyllis Schlafly

"People call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat or a prostitute." - Rebecca West

"It's because I'm a feminist that I can't stand women limiting other women's imaginations. It really makes me angry." - A S Byatt

"A good part - and definitely the most fun part - of being a feminist is about frightening men." - Julie Burchill

"A friend of mine wrote a script, a feminist romantic comedy. She had a feminist scholar consult on it. My friend said, 'Oh, my friend Gillian read it and really loved it.' She goes, 'Gillian Jacobs, you mean: Britta Perry, feminist icon?'" - Gillian Jacobs

"People ask me a lot, 'Well, can you be pro-life and be feminist? Can you be conservative and be feminist?' And I think that, yeah, maybe personally you can be those things. But I think if you're advocating for legislation, or if you're fighting to limit other women's rights, then you can't really call yourself a feminist." - Jessica Valenti

"I feel like, in many ways, Billie Holiday's still very under-appreciated as an artist. People focus on her voice, and all of the very recognizable vocal things that she does, which are great. But I wanted to, with this project, start the conversation again about her as a radical feminist, as a civil rights activist - taking a stance. And also just [her] being a non-conformist." - Jose James

"We must recognize that we can't solve our problems now until there is a radical redistribution of economic and political power.... a radical restructuring of the architecture of American society." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"The word 'radical' derives from the Latin word for root. Therefore, if you want to get to the root of anything you must be radical. It is no accident that the word has now been totally demonized..." - Gore Vidal

"The opposite of liberal is stingy. The opposite of radical is superficial. The opposite of conservative is destructive. So I declare that I am a radical conservative liberal. Beware of men who use words to mean their opposites." - R. A. Lafferty

"I don't need to be a radical to think that who a dragon is counts more than birth or wealth," Selendra said, with what dignity she could."Why, that's the very definition of a radical," he retorted." - Jo Walton



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