“There is the vanity training, the obedience training, the self-effacement training, the deference training, the dependency training, the passivity training, the rivalry training, the stupidity training, the placation training. How am I to put this together with my human life, my intellectual life, my solitude, my transcendence, my brains, and my fearful, fearful ambition? I failed miserably and thought it was my own fault. You can’t unite woman and human any more than you can unite matter and anti-matter; they are designed not to be stable together and they make just as big an explosion inside the head of the unfortunate girl who believes in both.”
– Joanna Russ: The Female Man
A somber view of what it’s to be an intelligent, determined woman in a world run by men who don’t recognize their value.
Russ, Joanna: The Female Man. Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 1975, p. 151.
(This quote comes from my 21 new-to-me SFF authors reading project.)
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