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In Their Own Words: Feminists Claim the Family is ‘Oppressive’ to Women

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In Their Own Words: Feminists Claim the Family is ‘Oppressive’ to Women


July 11, 2023

  1. “No woman should be authorized to stay at home to raise her children. Society should be totally different. Women should not have that choice, precisely because if there is such a choice, too many women will make that one.” — Simone de Beauvoir, quoted in the Saturday Review, June 14, 1974, p. 18.
  2. “Romance itself serves a larger political purpose by offering at least a temporary reward for gender roles and threatening rebels with loneliness and rejection.” — Gloria Steinem, Revolution from Within: A Book of Self-Esteem, 1992, p. 260.
  3. “You become a semi-nonperson when you get married.” — Gloria Steinem
  4. “Heterosexual intercourse is the pure, formalized expression of contempt for women’s bodies.” — Andrea Dworkin
  5. “The simple fact is that every woman must be willing to be identified as a lesbian to be fully feminist.” — National NOW Times, January 1988
  6. “Since marriage constitutes slavery for women, it is clear that the women’s movement must concentrate on attacking this institution. Freedom for women cannot be won without the abolition of marriage. ” — Sheila Cronan, Page 219.
  7. “Being a housewife is an illegitimate profession…The choice to serve and be protected and plan towards being a family-maker is a choice that shouldn’t be. The heart of radical feminism is to change that.” — Vivian Gornick, University of Illinois, “The Daily Illini,” April 25, 1981.
  8. “In order to raise children with equality, we must take them away from families and communally raise them.” — Mary Jo Bane, associate director of the Wellesley College Center for Research on Women
  9. “Marriage has existed for the benefit of men; and has been a legally sanctioned method of control over women… We must work to destroy it. The end of the institution of marriage is a necessary condition for the liberation of women. Therefore, it is important for us to encourage women to leave their husbands and not to live individually with men” — The Declaration of Feminism, 1971.