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Gloria Steinem

Data di nascita: 25. Marzo 1934
Altri nomi: ਗਲੋਰੀਆ ਸਟੀਨਮ, قلوریا استاینم

Gloria Marie Steinem è una giornalista e attivista statunitense.

Considerata portavoce e leader del femminismo degli anni sessanta e settanta, Gloria Steinem nel corso della sua vita ha ricevuto molti premi e onorificenze. Ha lavorato per il New York Magazine ed è cofondatrice della rivista femminista Ms.. Nel 1969, ha pubblicato un articolo intitolato After Black Power, Women's Liberation, che, insieme all'appoggio del diritto all'aborto, le ha dato fama nazionale, divenendo punto di riferimento per il movimento femminista americano. Nel 2005, ha fondato con Jane Fonda e Robin Morgan il Women's Media Center, un'organizzazione che ha lo scopo di valorizzare la voce delle donne. Attualmente, continua a svolgere attivismo politico, come commentatrice, scrittrice e organizzando conferenze.

Frasi Gloria Steinem

„La cosa più tragica è che il tempo, lo sforzo, l'ossessione dedicati a spiegare la morte di Marilyn hanno fatto ben poco per spiegarne la vita.“

—  Gloria Steinem

Origine: Citato in Mike Evans, Marilyn (Marilyn Handbook, MQ Publications Limited, 2004), traduzione di Michele Lauro, Giunti Editore, 2006, p. 381. ISBN 880904634X

„Se Marilyn fosse stata così semplice da imitare, oggi ci sarebbero molte più sosia di quante in realtà non ce ne siano già.“

—  Gloria Steinem

Origine: Citato in Marilyn Monroe DVD, libretti interni dei due cofanetti DVD, 20th Century Fox Italia, 2002.

„Women may be the one group that grows more radical with age.“

—  Gloria Steinem

Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions http://books.google.com/books?id=KVHmzw43TgkC&q=%22Women+may+be+the+one+group+that+grows+more+radical+with+age%22&pg=PT377#v=onepage (1983), p. 377

„The Arab Spring did a great deal for women because the person who spread the word in the first place was a woman. Women participated in it; they were fully out there in the street.“

—  Gloria Steinem

The Humanist interview (2012)
Contesto: The Arab Spring did a great deal for women because the person who spread the word in the first place was a woman. Women participated in it; they were fully out there in the street. Nawal El Saadawi is a founding figure of Egyptian and Middle Eastern feminism who wrote a book opposing female genital mutilation (of which she is a victim). She’s been banned. She’s been in prison. She’s now in her eighties and during the Arab Spring she was like the wise woman of Liberation Square, sitting in the middle of it as young women and young men came to her for instruction, for blessings, and so on.
But it’s very often the case with revolutionary moments that women are present but then they’re drummed out of it afterwards.

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„You can compel love, actually, if somebody is isolated and dependent — it’s like the Stockholm syndrome. But you can’t compel laughter. It happens when two things come together and make a third unexpectedly.“

—  Gloria Steinem

The Humanist interview (2012)
Contesto: There were never that many women stand-up comics in the past because the power to make people laugh is also a power that gets people upset. But the ones who were performing were making jokes on themselves usually and now that’s changed. So there are no rules exactly but I think if you see a whole group of people only being self-deprecating, it’s a problem.
But I have always employed humor, and I think it’s absolutely crucial that we do because, among other things, humor is the only free emotion. I mean, you can compel fear, as we know. You can compel love, actually, if somebody is isolated and dependent — it’s like the Stockholm syndrome. But you can’t compel laughter. It happens when two things come together and make a third unexpectedly. It happens when you learn something, too. I think it was Einstein who said he had to be careful when he shaved because if he thought of something suddenly, he’d laugh and cut himself.
So I think laughter is crucial. Some of the original cultures, like the Dalit and the Native American, don’t separate laughter and seriousness. There’s none of this kind of false Episcopalian solemnity.

„Regarding the idea that the women’s movement is white and middle class — a fair share of the country is white and middle class.“

—  Gloria Steinem

The Humanist interview (2012)
Contesto: Regarding the idea that the women’s movement is white and middle class — a fair share of the country is white and middle class. And certainly, there are racist white women. Certainly, there are sexist black men. All those things are true. But the other thing that’s never said is that black women are much more likely to support feminist issues than white women. It makes sense because they’re much more likely to be on the paid labor force than white women. And if you’ve experienced discrimination for one reason, you’re probably more likely to recognize it for another reason.

„Believing in the full social, political, and economic quality of women, which is what the dictionary says "feminism" means, is enough to make a revolution in itself.“

—  Gloria Steinem

Part 6 : Doing Sixty, p. 270
Moving Beyond Words (1994)
Contesto: I'm not sure feminism should require an adjective. Believing in the full social, political, and economic quality of women, which is what the dictionary says "feminism" means, is enough to make a revolution in itself. But if I had to choose only one adjective, I still would opt for radical feminist. I know patriarchs keep equating that word with violent or man-hating, crazy or extremist — though being a plain vanilla feminist doesn't keep one safe from such epithets either, nor does "I'm not a feminist, but..." Nonetheless, radical seems an honest indication of the fundamental change we have in mind and says what probably is the case: the false division of human nature into “feminine” and “masculine” is the root of all other divisions into subject and object, active and passive — the beginning of hierarchy.

„There were never that many women stand-up comics in the past because the power to make people laugh is also a power that gets people upset.“

—  Gloria Steinem

The Humanist interview (2012)
Contesto: There were never that many women stand-up comics in the past because the power to make people laugh is also a power that gets people upset. But the ones who were performing were making jokes on themselves usually and now that’s changed. So there are no rules exactly but I think if you see a whole group of people only being self-deprecating, it’s a problem.
But I have always employed humor, and I think it’s absolutely crucial that we do because, among other things, humor is the only free emotion. I mean, you can compel fear, as we know. You can compel love, actually, if somebody is isolated and dependent — it’s like the Stockholm syndrome. But you can’t compel laughter. It happens when two things come together and make a third unexpectedly. It happens when you learn something, too. I think it was Einstein who said he had to be careful when he shaved because if he thought of something suddenly, he’d laugh and cut himself.
So I think laughter is crucial. Some of the original cultures, like the Dalit and the Native American, don’t separate laughter and seriousness. There’s none of this kind of false Episcopalian solemnity.

„I always thought that "humanist" was a good word long before I understood that anyone thought it was a bad word.“

—  Gloria Steinem

The Humanist interview (2012)
Contesto: I always thought that "humanist" was a good word long before I understood that anyone thought it was a bad word. It seems to me that it means you believe in the great potential and the best of human beings, so I didn’t have to overcome anything to accept this award; it seemed an unmitigated honor. And since the ultra-right wing has tried so hard to make it a bad word— “humanist” has been demonized in much the same way that the word “feminist” has — it seemed especially important to identify as humanist and support humanist groups.

„In Nevada, there was a time when you couldn’t get unemployment unless you tried sex work first.“

—  Gloria Steinem

The Humanist interview (2012)
Contesto: If someone wants to be called a sex worker, I call them a sex worker. But there is a problem with that term, because while it was adopted in goodwill, traffickers have taken it and essentially said, “Okay, if it’s work like any other, somebody has to do it.” In Nevada, there was a time when you couldn’t get unemployment unless you tried sex work first. The same was true in Germany. So the state became a procurer because of the argument that sex is work like any other. This is not a good thing.
I also do not feel proud when I stand in the Sonagachi, the biggest brothel area in all of South Asia. It’s in Kolkata, and everything is written in Bengali except “SEX WORK.” And the term is used in various sinister ways by sex traffickers, who even describe what they do — which is to kidnap or buy people out of villages — as “facilitated migration.”
I’ve only ever met one woman who actually was a prostitute of her own free will. She didn’t have a pimp. She could pick and choose her customers. That’s so rare. So we have to look at the reality and not romanticize it. We have to be clear that you have the right to sell your own body but nobody has the right to sell anybody else’s body. No one has that right.

„I have always employed humor, and I think it’s absolutely crucial that we do because, among other things, humor is the only free emotion.“

—  Gloria Steinem

The Humanist interview (2012)
Contesto: There were never that many women stand-up comics in the past because the power to make people laugh is also a power that gets people upset. But the ones who were performing were making jokes on themselves usually and now that’s changed. So there are no rules exactly but I think if you see a whole group of people only being self-deprecating, it’s a problem.
But I have always employed humor, and I think it’s absolutely crucial that we do because, among other things, humor is the only free emotion. I mean, you can compel fear, as we know. You can compel love, actually, if somebody is isolated and dependent — it’s like the Stockholm syndrome. But you can’t compel laughter. It happens when two things come together and make a third unexpectedly. It happens when you learn something, too. I think it was Einstein who said he had to be careful when he shaved because if he thought of something suddenly, he’d laugh and cut himself.
So I think laughter is crucial. Some of the original cultures, like the Dalit and the Native American, don’t separate laughter and seriousness. There’s none of this kind of false Episcopalian solemnity.

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