I only wish I could interview Gloria Steinem for real. But here follows the extensive interview-stalking of a Gloria Steinem fan, chock-full of her most inspiring and motivational lines.
All about Beyoncé via Harper's Bazaar (interviewer: Lena Dunham):
"I've never really talked to Beyoncé, though I would like to. I was there when she did the Chime for Change concert in London [in 2013], and when she came onstage she said to the audience, which was mostly women, I know life is hard, but we're together. And for the next hour you're safe. So she had me at hello. And then her husband came out midway through, and he sang one verse of her song with her, kissed her on the cheek, and left. I thought, 'Okay, Frank Sinatra would not have done that with one of his wives. It would have been his show.'"
Her opinions on white feminism via Teen Vogue:
"There’s this academic idea of feminism and its origins, which from my personal experience is incomplete. There’s sometimes a divide-and-conquer method. But the first three landmark legal cases that were brought for sexual harassment were filed by black women, and the first person to try to enforce anti-sex discrimination through the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission was Aileen Hernandez, a black woman. When we launched Ms. magazine, we looked at a poll, and the majority of black women supported the goals of feminism. It’s always been remembered the other way around, but black women invented feminism disproportionately."
On the social roots of male domestic violence against women via PBS:
"It comes in a very deep sense from teaching men to dominate. If you're going to have a male dominant system, to maintain the system, you have to teach men to dominate. So they come to believe that at a minimum, control is part of masculinity. And some men really, not through their own fault, got born into this culture too, but they get hooked on violence and control as a kind of drug, you know, so that if you talk to men who have been violent against women in their lives, they will speak about it almost like an addiction. I needed a fix, you know, I didn't feel like a real man. She was daring to not have the dinner ready on time, whatever it was that made him feel even marginally out of control, then causes him to respond with violence."
On the inspiration to openly discuss her abortion via NPR:
"So I sat there as a reporter for New York magazine, listening to women tell their stories, you know, that were tragic and ludicrous and every human emotion all wrapped into one. And suddenly, I thought, wait a minute, you know, I had an abortion. And actually, 1 in 3 American women had needed an abortion at some time in her life. So why is this illegal? And why is it dangerous? And it's the kind of revelation that comes from people just telling the truth and discovering you're not alone."
Why opposition to abortion exists via NPR:
"We do need a new wave of telling the truth, I think. However, I'm not surprised by the opposition because it is the basis of (laughter) - of everything. I mean, to be able - the definition of patriarchy is to be able to control reproduction. And that means you have to control women's bodies."
In her address to the women's march:
"Sometimes we must put our bodies where our beliefs are."
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