Thursday, September 20, 2007

Today's Saying

This is from an interview with Gloria Steinem, via Jill at Feministe:

Q: Do you see the world through the prism of gender?

A: No, the world looks at me through the prism of gender.

There is much truth in what she says, or rather in that so many people assume that the answer for a feminist would be "Yes." It is the coding that so many of us have experienced, the coding which classifies us into "female, of minor importance" in so many different social and economic situations that can create that famous feminist "click", the click which sometimes shatters a woman's worldview completely and forces her to painfully rebuild a more realistic frame of reference.