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“I do know this: we cannot have this postmodernism and still have a meaningful practice of women’s human rights, far less a women’s movement. Ironically, and how postmodernism loves an irony, just as women have begun to become human, even as we have begun to transform the human so it is something more worth having and might apply to us, we are told by high theory that the human is inherently authoritarian, not worth having, untransformable, and may not even exist-and how hopelessly nineteenth-century of us to want it. (That few of the feminist postmodernists, had it not been for the theory of humanity they criticize, would have been permitted to learn to read and write-this is perhaps a small point.)”
Catharine A. Mackinnon, “Points against Postmodernism“, Chicago-Kent Law Review, Volume 75 Issue 3, Symposium on Unfinished Feminist Business, Article 5 (June 2000) [PDF]
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“Men speak humorously, or so they say, of ‘the war between the sexes’—a transparent and guileful attempt to mislead us into thinking that there is a natural enmity between men and women, and that the ‘sides’ are evenly matched. Nothing could be further from the truth on both counts. The ‘war between the sexes’ is man made, and it is not between anybody. It is against women.”
-Sonia Johnson, Going Out of Our Minds: The Metaphysics of Liberation (1987), p. 257

-Catharine A. MacKinnon, “On Exceptionality” in Feminism Unmodified: Discourses on Life and Law (1987), p. 71 [PDF]

“In my own case, I had to train myself out of that phony smile, which is like a nervous tic on every teenage girl. And this meant that I smiled rarely, for in truth, when it came down to real smiling, I had less to smile about. My ‘dream’ action for the women’s liberation movement: a smile boycott, at which declaration all women would instantly abandon their ‘pleasing’ smiles, henceforth smiling only when something pleased them.”
-Shulamith Firestone, The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution
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