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Amazon Odyssey: [Collection of Writings] Paperback – May, 1974
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She wrote in the Foreword to this 1974 collection of her writings, "The essays and speeches included in this volume are only a small fraction of my writings abstracted from the years 1967 through 1972. Nevertheless, I believe this collection represents my work of those years fairly... I originally thought of this volume as a sort of compromise. I have been working on my 'serious' book, 'Women and Oppression,' since the spring of 1968... (But) I no longer see it as a 'compromise,' but as a work in its own right---with its own special value."
Here are some quotations from the book:
"I know the current feminist analysis is badly flawed. Even the radical feminist analysis fails in its lack of refinement and lack of strategy. BOTH analyses fail to probe the FOUNDATIONS of the sex institutions." (Pg. xxiii)
"It is the function of men to oppress. It is the function of men to exploit. It is the function of men to lie, and to betray, and to humiliate, to crush, to ignore, and the final insult: it is the function of men to tell women that man's iniquities are woman's function!" (Pg. 5)
"I am a woman. I am a feminist. I see the problem of women from the woman's point of view. Women who empathize with the male role, that is, women who grasp the male point of view more than momentarily, are not feminists." (Pg. 25)
"I, personally, have taken the position that I will not appear with any man publicly, where it could possibly be interpreted that we were friends." (Pg. 91)
"On what possible basis can the institution of marriage be saved?" (Pg. 104)
"I like to think of the Vatican re women as analogous to the Pentagon re the anti-war movement. The Church (hierarchy) is a sort of Ku Klux Klan." (Pg. 191)
"The struggle, between the liberation of women and the Catholic Church, is a struggle to the death!" (Pg. 197)