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Born: 1946-09-26
Profession: Critic
Nation: American
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Feminism is hated because women are hated. Anti-feminism is a direct expression of misogyny; it is the political defense of women hating.

Tags: Expression, Political, Women

Men know everything - all of them - all the time - no matter how stupid or inexperienced or arrogant or ignorant they are.

Tags: Men, Stupid, Time

While gossip among women is universally ridiculed as low and trivial, gossip among men, especially if it is about women, is called theory, or idea, or fact.

Tags: Gossip, Men, Women

Men who want to support women in our struggle for freedom and justice should understand that it is not terrifically important to us that they learn to cry; it is important to us that they stop the crimes of violence against us.

Tags: Freedom, Men, Women

A commitment to sexual equality with males is a commitment to becoming the rich instead of the poor, the rapist instead of the raped, the murderer instead of the murdered.

Tags: Equality, Poor, Rich

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.

Tags: Against, Men, Power

Marriage as an institution developed from rape as a practice. Rape, originally defined as abduction, became marriage by capture. Marriage meant the taking was to extend in time, to be not only use of but possession of, or ownership.

Tags: Marriage, Practice, Time

Women have been taught that, for us, the earth is flat, and that if we venture out, we will fall off the edge. Some of us have ventured out nevertheless, and so far we have not fallen off. It is my faith, my feminist faith, that we will not.

Tags: Faith, Off, Women

Male supremacy is fused into the language, so that every sentence both heralds and affirms it.

Tags: Both, Language, Male

Being a Jew, one learns to believe in the reality of cruelty and one learns to recognize indifference to human suffering as a fact.

Tags: Human, Reality, Suffering

Childbearing is glorified in part because women die from it.

Tags: Die, Glorified, Women

Undernourished, intelligence becomes like the bloated belly of a starving child: swollen, filled with nothing the body can use.

Tags: Body, Child, Starving

The common erotic project of destroying women makes it possible for men to unite into a brotherhood; this project is the only firm and trustworthy groundwork for cooperation among males and all male bonding is based on it.

Tags: Makes, Men, Women

The genius of any slave system is found in the dynamics which isolate slaves from each other, obscure the reality of a common condition, and make united rebellion against the oppressor inconceivable.

Tags: Against, Genius, Reality

As long as there is rape... there is not going to be any peace or justice or equality or freedom. You are not going to become what you want to become or who you want to become. You are not going to live in the world you want to live in.

Tags: Equality, Freedom, Peace

You think intercourse is a private act; it's not, it's a social act. Men are sexually predatory in life; and women are sexually manipulative. When two individuals come together and leave their gender outside the bedroom door, then they make love.

Tags: Life, Love, Women

Men are distinguished from women by their commitment to do violence rather than to be victimized by it.

Tags: Men, Violence, Women

No woman needs intercourse; few women escape it.

Tags: Few, Woman, Women

'Women's fashion' is a euphemism for fashion created by men for women.

Tags: Fashion, Men, Women

Genocide begins, however improbably, in the conviction that classes of biological distinction indisputably sanction social and political discrimination.

Tags: However, Political, Social

Money speaks, but it speaks with a male voice.

Tags: Male, Money, Voice

Only when manhood is dead - and it will perish when ravaged femininity no longer sustains it - only then will we know what it is to be free.

Tags: Dead, Free, Longer

Seduction is often difficult to distinguish from rape. In seduction, the rapist often bothers to buy a bottle of wine.

Tags: Difficult, Often, Wine

One billion people in 175 countries will mark Earth Day. That puts tea parties in perspective, doesn't it?

Tags: Countries, Earth, Tea

There are fewer and fewer Republicans.

Tags: Fewer

True hearts have eyes and ears, no tongues to speak; they hear and see, and sigh, and then they break.

Tags: Eyes, Speak, True
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My mind to me a kingdom is, such present joys therein I find, that it excels all other bliss.

Tags: Bliss, Mind, Present

And love is love in beggars and in kings.

Tags: Beggars, Kings, Love

If nice guys finish last, then great guys come in right after them.

Tags: After, Great, Nice

Some have too much, yet still do crave; I little have, and seek no more. They are but poor, though much they have, And I am rich with little store.

Tags: Poor, Rich, Though

I was told I was talented when I applied to Falmouth School of Art and that I should consider skipping the course and proceeding directly to degree level.

Tags: Art, Level, School

My father is a well known artist, Ted Dyer, who has been painting for many years. Our work is very different, but growing up surrounded by paintings, paints, easels and art books does have an effect.

Tags: Art, Father, Work

On my return to Cornwall I discovered that I was living in a tropical paradise. For now I am content to explore my own home and our nearest neighbour France.

Tags: Content, Home, Living

St. Michaels Mount is a favourite place of mine; people will walk across to the Mount all day and assume they will be able to walk home. The spectacle of hundreds of people realising that the path they walked over on is disappearing under several feet of water is very amusing.

Tags: Home, Path, Place

The most amazing thing to me about the sea is the tide. A harbour like St. Ives is totally transformed in a very short space of time by the arrival or departure of the sea.

Tags: Amazing, Short, Time

While I was at college studying design I decided to paint. I was also greatly inspired by the colours that I had seen on my travels in the Brazilian Rain forest.

Tags: College, Design, Rain

I love the sea's sounds and the way it reflects the sky. The colours that shimmer across its surface are unbelievable. This, combined with the colour of the water over white sand, surprises me every time.

Tags: Love, Sea, Time

I have improved the way in which I paint. The colours are cleaner and there is more energy in the brush work.

Tags: Energy, Paint, Work

Digital media has destroyed much of the magic and mystery of the medium.

Tags: Magic, Media, Mystery

I used to own a dingy and can still sail one if pushed, but I like the pleasure boats.

Tags: Pleasure, Sail, Used

I apply paint directly from the tube and with my fingers.

Tags: Apply, Fingers, Paint

I paint what I see, not what a camera would see.

Tags: Camera, Paint

I realised that if I did what I wanted to do, it would work.

Tags: Realised, Wanted, Work

I really enjoy squeezing out a big lump of paint directly onto the canvas and leaving it; fresh, immediate and sometimes shocking.

Tags: Enjoy, Leaving, Sometimes

I use about 20 different colours to retain the luminance in my work.

Tags: Colours, Retain, Work

I want to paint big, bright, optimistic pictures of the place I love.

Tags: Big, Love, Place

In some parts of the world there is very little tidal movement.

Tags: Movement, Parts, Tidal

It's a terrible thing wishing that it can be someone else's tragedy.

Tags: Else, Someone, Tragedy

My great love is my home county of Cornwall, I love to sit and watch people enjoying themselves on the beaches and in the harbour towns of Cornwall.

Tags: Great, Home, Love

My optimism for life carried through my work.

Tags: Life, Optimism, Work

Painting is really good fun, I have always enjoyed it. As long as I paint what I want with the freedom that I enjoy, I never tire.

Tags: Freedom, Fun, Good

The lifestyle that an artist can have, the freedom to wander in the landscape with no real pressure or deadlines, was a very attractive one.

Tags: Artist, Freedom, Real

The majority of my work is from life. I spend most fine days from May to October painting outside.

Tags: Life, May, Work

The paintings by Van Gough and Chagall had a big influence on me.

Tags: Big, Influence, Paintings

During the winter when the weather is too poor to work outside, I do use drawings and photographs, but I change my work so it is not just a time and place study.

Tags: Change, Time, Work

I decided to become a painter when my first four paintings where all published and attracted a great deal of interest. I exhibited one of them and it was sold.

Tags: Become, Great, Interest

I have been surrounded by artists and paintings throughout my life. My father Ted Dyer is an artist, and from a very early age I have spent time painting and drawing.

Tags: Age, Life, Time

I have lived in Cornwall from the age of 4, so I have always been aware of the artistic heritage that the county has. I feel very proud to be able to connect to this.

Tags: Able, Age, Proud

I still take photographs for my own use, personal studies. I do not feel that I can fully express my views through the medium and this is why I have moved towards painting.

Tags: Painting, Personal, Why

I studied for my degree in London and consequently ended up spending five years away from Cornwall. I deliberately moved away from the coast to experience a different way of life.

Tags: Away, Experience, Life

I use a wide selection of colours. It is impossible to produce work like mine using only the primary colours as they only mix a certain range of colour.

Tags: Impossible, Mine, Work
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