When I was a junior in college, I had a meeting with my academic advisor and she pointed out that I had taken so many Women’s Studies courses, that I might as well make it my minor. This came as a complete surprise to me – I had not realized I’d been choosing so many classes that fell into this category. I went ahead and made it officially my minor. From that point on, I became fascinated and in love with women, and what it means to be a woman. We are truly amazing creatures. One of my very favorite college courses was a three-hour class that met weekly called “Angels, Monsters, and Anorexics: Women Throughout History.” The texts we explored opened me up to entirely new levels of appreciated for my sex. It was empowering. It was awesome. It was EMPOWERING (yes, again.) – and not in a bra-burning, man-hating way. It wasn’t about men at all, actually. I’d really love to post more often about the fairer sex, and plan on doing so. I firmly believe women are on our way to taking over the world. Men are losing their footing – sorry, guys.
So, to kick this off, here are a few quotes that percolate in my brain:
“A true man wants two things: danger and play. For that reason he wants woman, as the most dangerous play thing.” – Nietzsche
” I’ve noticed that women who observe things closely seem to make men uneasy.” – Alberto Manguel, A Reading Diary
…And one I especially loved…
“When I was a student at Cambridge I remember an anthropology professor holding up a picture of a bone with 28 incisions carved in it. ‘This is often considered to be a man’s first attempt at a calendar,’ she explained. She paused as we dutifully write this down. ‘My question to you is this – what man needs to mark 28 days? I would suggest to you that this is woman’s first attempt at a calendar.’ It was a moment that changed my life. In that second I stopped to question almost everything I had been taught about this past. How often had I overlooked women’s contributions?” – Sandi Toksvig
Which speaks to you the most? Do you have any favorite quotes about women? If not, I urge you to seek one out….