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12 Important Feminist Quotes That Crush The Patriarchy

If there’s one thing anti-feminists and men’s rights activists love it’s trying to mansplain what they think feminism is all about. Somewhere in their theories are assumptions that men are somehow going to be less than women if we have true equality. Somehow men’s rights are at risk if women have equal rights. Somehow anti-feminists believe that someone’s manhood is on the line if a woman is acknowledged as being equal.

We understand that none of these things are true. Equality is simply that – being equal. Men are not worth less and women are not worth more. We all bring unique experiences and talents and should value all of them. Men and women should all stand shoulder to shoulder in the strive for equality and these women below understand that.

1. “I myself have never been able to find out what feminism is; I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat or a prostitute.” – Rebecca West

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2. “Any woman who chooses to behave like a full human being should be warned that the armies of the status quo will treat her as something of a dirty joke.” – Gloria Steinem
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3. “You don’t have to be anti-man to be pro-woman.” – Jane Galvin Lewis
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4. “Of course I am not worried about intimidating men. The type of man who will be intimidated by me is exactly the type of man I have no interest in.” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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5. “I’m a feminist. I’ve been a female for a long time now. It’d be stupid not to be on my own side.” – Maya Angelou
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6. “When a man gives his opinion, he’s a man. When a woman gives her opinion, she’s a bitch.” – Bette Davis
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7. “At one point, ‘feminist’ became a pejorative term. How did that happen? If you’re a feminist, you’re basically saying you’re a humanist.” – Julianne Moore
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8. “Feminism is not a dirty word. It does not mean you hate men, it does not mean you hate girls that have nice legs and a tan, and it does not mean you are a bitch or a dyke. It means you believe in equality.” ― Kate Nash
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9. “I call myself a feminist when people ask me if I am, and of course I am ’cause it’s about equality, so I hope everyone is. You know you’re working in a patriarchal society when the word feminist has a weird connotation.” – Ellen Page
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10. “Rape happens because rapists choose to rape. Period. No one deserves to be on the receiving end of a such a vile decision.” – -Wagatwe Sara Wanjuki
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11. “Your self-worth is determined by you. You don’t have to depend on someone telling you who you are.” – Beyonce
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12. “Though we have the courage to raise our daughters more like our sons, we’ve rarely had the courage to raise our sons like our daughters.” – Gloria Steinem
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