Feminism is not about men-hating, we are frequently told. This is often the patronising response to the fact that most people (men AND women) do not wish to call themselves feminists. The implication, of course, is that they are just ignorant.
I tend to think otherwise. I think that the reason most people don't want to be called feminists is because feminism is indeed about man-hating and I call, as witnesses, some of the leading feminists of the 20th and 21st century.
The nuclear family must be destroyed... Whatever its ultimate meaning, the break-up of families now is an objectively revolutionary process.
I feel that 'man-hating' is an honourable and viable political act, that the oppressed have a right to class-hatred against the class that is oppressing them.
Robin Morgan, Ms. Magazine Editor.
I haven't the faintest notion what possible revolutionary role white hetero-sexual men could fulfil, since they are the very embodiment of reactionary- vested-interest-power. But then, I have great difficulty examining what men in general could possibly do about all this. In addition to doing the shit work that women have been doing for generations, possibly not exist? No, I really don't mean that. Yes, I really do.
We can't destroy the inequities between men and women until we destroy marriage.
I claim that rape exists any time sexual intercourse occurs when it has not been initiated by the woman, out of her own genuine affection and desire.
From her "The Demon Lover" (NY: Norton & Co., 1989 Morgan doesn't hide her bigotry):
p. 138-9: The phallic malady is epidemic and systemic... each individual male in the patriarchy is aware of his relative power in the scheme of things.... He knows that his actions are supported by the twin pillars of the State of man - the brotherhood ritual of political exigency and the brotherhood ritual of a sexual thrill in dominance. As a devotee of Thanatos, he is one with the practitioner of sado-masochistic "play" between "consenting adults," as he is one with the rapist*
p. 224: My white skin disgusts me. My passport disgusts me. They are the marks of an insufferable privilege bought at the price of others' agony.
p. 229: Sex to this point in my life has been trivial, at best a gesture of tenderness, at worst a chore. I couldn't understand the furor about it.
p. 316: Did she die of the disease called "family" or the disease called "rehabilitation", of poverty or drugs or pornography, of economics or sexual slavery or a broken body?
And let's put one lie to rest for all time: the lie that men are oppressed, too, by sexism--the lie that there can be such a thing as 'men's liberation groups.' Oppression is something that one group of people commits against another group, specifically because of a 'threatening' characteristic shared by the latter group--skin, color, sex or age, etc. The oppressors are indeed FUCKED UP by being masters, but those masters are not OPPRESSED. Any master has the alternative of divesting himself of sexism or racism--the oppressed have no alternative--for they have no power but to fight. In the long run, Women's Liberation will of course free men--but in the short run it's going to cost men a lot of privilege, which no one gives up willingly or easily. Sexism is NOT the fault of women--kill your fathers, not your mothers
To call a man an animal is to flatter him; he's a machine, a walking dildo.
Valerie Solanas, Authoress of the SCUM Manifesto
Life in this society being, at best, an utter bore and no aspect of society being at all relevant to women, there remains to civic-minded, responsible, thrill-seeking females only to overthrow the government, eliminate the money system, institute complete automation, and destroy the male sex.
Valerie Solana, SCUM founder (Society for Cutting Up Men.)
The male is a domestic animal which, if treated with firmness...can be trained to do most things.
Jilly Cooper, SCUM (Society For Cutting Up Men, started by Valerie Solanas)
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 Cronin, the leader of the feminist organization NOW
I want to see a man beaten to a bloody pulp with a high-heel shoved in his mouth, like an apple in the mouth of a pig.
Marriage as an institution developed from rape as a practice.
Heterosexual intercourse is the pure, formalized expression of contempt for women's bodies.
Under patriarchy, every woman's son is her potential betrayer and also the inevitable rapist or exploiter of another woman.
To be rapeable, a position that is social, not biological, defines what a woman is.
Q: People think you are very hostile to men. A: I am.
Men use the night to erase us.
The annihilation of a woman's personality, individuality, will, character, is prerequisite to male sexuality.
Men love death. In everything they make, they hollow out a central place for death, let its rancid smell contaminate every dimension of whatever still survives. Men especially love murder. In art they celebrate it, and in life they commit it. They embrace murder as if life without it would be devoid of passion, meaning, and action, as if murder were solace, stilling their sobs as they mourn the emptiness and alienation of their lives.
Men are rapists, batterers, plunderers, killers; these same men are religious prophets, poets, heroes, figures of romance, adventure, accomplishment, figures ennobled by tragedy and defeat. Men have claimed the earth, called it 'Her'. Men ruin Her. Men have airplanes, guns, bombs, poisonous gases, weapons so perverse and deadly that they defy any authentically human imagination.
Andrea Dworkin, Pornography: Men Possessing Women
On the Left, on the Right, in the Middle; Authors, statesmen, thieves; so-called humanists and self-declared fascists; the adventurous and the contemplative, in every realm of male expression and action, violence is experienced and articulated as love and freedom.
Andrea Dworkin, Pornography: Men Possessing Women.
The institution of sexual intercourse is anti-feminist
Feminism is the theory, lesbianism is the practice.
Rape is nothing more or less than a conscious process of intimidation by which all men keep all women in a state of fear
Susan Brownmiller; Authoress of Against Our Will p.6
When a woman reaches orgasm with a man she is only collaborating with the patriarchal system, eroticizing her own oppression.
Politically, I call it rape whenever a woman has sex and feels violated.
All sex, even consensual sex between a married couple, is an act of violence perpetrated against a woman.
You grow up with your father holding you down and covering your mouth so another man can make a horrible searing pain between your legs.
Catherine MacKinnon (Prominent legal feminist scholar; University of Michigan, & Yale.)
In a patriarchal society, all heterosexual intercourse is rape because women, as a group, are not strong enough to give meaningful consent.
Catharine MacKinnon, quoted in Professing Feminism: Cautionary Tales from the Strange World of Women's Studies.
The more famous and powerful I get the more power I have to hurt men.
Sharon Stone; Actress
Ninety-five percent of women's experiences are about being a victim. Or about being an underdog, or having to survive... women didn't go to Vietnam and blow things up. They are not Rambo.
Jodie Foster; Actress - as quoted in The New York Times Magazine.
The proportion of men must be reduced to and maintained at approximately 10% of the human race.
Sally Miller Gearhart, in The Future - If There Is One - Is Female.
And if the professional rapist is to be separated from the average dominant heterosexual (male), it may be mainly a quantitative difference.
Susan Griffin, Rape: The All-American Crime.
If life is to survive on this planet, there must be a decontamination of the Earth. I think this will be accompanied by an evolutionary process that will result in a drastic reduction of the population of males.
Mary Daly, former Professor at Boston College, 2001.
If anyone is prosecuted for filing a false report, then victims of real attacks will be less likely to report them.
Men who are unjustly accused of rape can sometimes gain from the experience.
As long as some men use physical force to subjugate females, all men need not. The knowledge that some men do suffices to threaten all women. He can beat or kill the woman he claims to love; he can rape women...he can sexually molest his daughters... THE VAST MAJORITY OF MEN IN THE WORLD DO ONE OR MORE OF THE ABOVE.
Marilyn French (her emphasis)
My feelings about men are the result of my experience. I have little sympathy for them. Like a Jew just released from Dachau, I watch the handsome young Nazi soldier fall writhing to the ground with a bullet in his stomach and I look briefly and walk on. I don't even need to shrug. I simply don't care. What he was, as a person, I mean, what his shames and yearnings were, simply don't matter.
Marilyn French; The Woman's Room.
All patriarchists exalt the home and family as sacred, demanding it remain inviolate from prying eyes. Men want privacy for their violations of women... All women learn in childhood that women as a sex are men's prey.
All men are rapists and that's all they are.
Marilyn French, Authoress; (later, advisoress to Al Gore's Presidential Campaign.)
The media treat male assaults on women like rape, beating, and murder of wives and female lovers, or male incest with children, as individual aberrations...obscuring the fact that all male violence toward women is part of a concerted campaign.
I believe that women have a capacity for understanding and compassion which man structurally does not have, does not have it because he cannot have it. He's just incapable of it.
Barbara Jordan; Former Congresswoman.
Probably the only place where a man can feel really secure is in a maximum security prison, except for the imminent threat of release.
Man-hating is everywhere, but everywhere it is twisted and transformed, disguised, tranquilized, and qualified. It coexists, never peacefully, with the love, desire, respect, and need women also feel for men. Always man-hating is shadowed by its milder, more diplomatic and doubtful twin, ambivalence.
Judith Levine; Authoress
Men's sexuality is mean and violent, and men so powerful that they can 'reach WITHIN women to fuck/construct us from the inside out.' Satan-like, men possess women, making their wicked fantasies and desires women's own. A woman who has sex with a man, therefore, does so against her will, 'even if she does not feel forced.
Judith Levine, (explicating comment profiling prevailing misandry.)
I feel what they feel: man-hating, that volatile admixture of pity, contempt, disgust, envy, alienation, fear, and rage at men. It is hatred not only for the anonymous man who makes sucking noises on the street, not only for the rapist or the judge who acquits him, but for what the Greeks called philo-aphilos, 'hate in love,' for the men women share their lives with--husbands, lovers, friends, fathers, brothers, sons, coworkers.
Judith Levine, Authoress of My Enemy, My love
There are no boundaries between affectionate sex and slavery in (the male) world. Distinctions between pleasure and danger are academic; the dirty-laundrylist of 'sex acts'...includes rape, foot binding, fellatio, intercourse, auto eroticism, incest, anal intercourse, use and production of pornography, cunnilingus, sexual harassment, and murder.
Judith Levine; summarizing comment on the WAS document, (A southern Women's Writing Collective: Women Against Sex.)
All men are good for is fucking, and running over with a truck.
Statement made by A University of Maine Feminist Administrator, quoted by Richard Dinsmore, who brought a successful civil suit against the University in the amount of $600,000. Richard had protested the quote; was dismissed thereafter on the grounds of harassment; and responded by bringing suit against the University. 1995 settlement.
Women have their faults / men have only two: / everything they say / everything they do.
Popular Feminist Graffiti
I was, in reality, bred by my parents as my father's concubine... What we take for granted as the stability of family life may well depend on the sexual slavery of our children. What's more, this is a cynical arrangement our institutions have colluded to conceal.
Sylvia Fraser; Journalist
We are taught, encouraged, moulded by and lulled into accepting a range of false notions about the family. As a source of some of our most profound experiences, it continues to be such an integral part of our emotional lives that it appears beyond criticism. Yet hiding from the truth of family life leaves women and children vulnerable.
Canadian Panel on Violence Against Women.
Catharine MacKinnon ( ) maintains that "the private is a sphere of battery, marital rape and women's exploited labor." In this way, privacy and family are reduced to nothing more than aspects of the master plan, which is male domination. Democratic freedoms and the need to keep the state's nose out of our personal affairs are rendered meaningless. The real reason our society cherishes privacy is because men have invented it as an excuse to conceal their criminality. If people still insist that the traditional family is about love and mutual aid--ideals which, admittedly, are sometimes betrayed--they're "hiding from the truth." The family isn't a place where battery and marital rape sometimes happen but where little else apparently does. Sick men don't simply molest their daughters, they operate in league with their wives to "breed" them for that purpose.
Donna Laframboise; The Princess at the Window; (in a critical explication of the Catharine MacKinnon, Gloria Steinhem et al tenets of misandric belief.)
If the classroom situation is very heteropatriarchal--a large beginning class of 50 to 60 students, say, with few feminist students--I am likely to define my task as largely one of recruitment...of persuading students that women are oppressed.
Professor Joyce Trebilcot of Washington University, as quoted in Who Stole Feminism: How Women Have Betrayed Women.
Men, as a group, tend to be abusive, either verbally, sexually or emotionally. There are always the exceptions, but they are few and far between (I am married to one of them). There are different levels of violence and abuse and individual men buy into this system by varying degrees. But the male power structure always remains intact.
Message on FEMISA, responding to a request for arguments that men are unnecessary for a child to grow into mature adulthood.
At Brandies I discovered Feminism. And I instantly became a convert... writing brilliant papers in my Myths of Patriarchy class, in which I likened my fate as a woman to other victims throughout the ages.