Today’s quotes tackle the topic of domestic violence against women. Although they are what I consider to be words of wisdom, the topic may be triggering for readers.
“Each time a woman stands up for herself, she stands up for all women.” – Maya Angelou
“We have an abundance of rape and violence against women in this country and on this Earth, though it’s almost never treated as a civil rights or human rights issue, or a crisis, or even a pattern. Violence doesn’t have a race, a class, a religion, or a nationality, but it does have a gender.” – Rebecca Solnit
“…after I learned about the graphic details of my own sexual assault, the article listed his swimming times. She was found breathing, unresponsive with her underwear six inches away from her bare stomach curled in fetal position. By the way, he’s really good at swimming. Throw in my mile time if that’s what we’re doing. I’m good at cooking, put that in there, I think the end is where you list your extracurriculars to cancel out all the sickening things that’ve happened.” – Letter to the Stanford Rapist from the woman he raped
“A society in which women are taught anything but the management of a family, the care of men, and the creation of the future generation is a society which is on its way out. . . . The historian can peg the point where a society begins its sharpest decline at the instant when women begin to take part.” – L. Ron Hubbard (Scientology)
“Every man to his trade, but every woman to the washtub.” – Chris Enss
“As a teenager, I asked our local priest, why priests were always men? And he replied “Only men can be both man and angel”. That was my first encounter of spiritual misogyny.” – Vivienne Williams
“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it,” she read out. “He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.” – Jessica McDiarmid
“There’s many a man who’ll not think twice to mistreat a woman but who lives in fear of a habit and a holy symbol.” – T. Kingfisher
End the violence.