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Marilyn French

Data di nascita: 21. Novembre 1929
Data di morte: 2. Maggio 2009

Marilyn French era scrittore.


„Nutrire i bambini ed allevarli nonostante le avversità è, in ogni tempo e in ogni luogo, più apprezzabile che mettere i bulloni alle auto o progettare ordigni nucleari.“

„La mia opinione riguardo agli uomini è il prodotto della mia esperienza. Nutro poca simpatia per loro. Come un Ebreo appena liberato da Dachau, guardo il bel giovane soldato Nazista cadere per terra nel dolore con un proiettile nello stomaco, lo guardo con scarso interesse, poi vado per la mia strada. Non mi fa né caldo né freddo. Semplicemente non m'interessa. Che persona lui fosse, le sue colpe e i suoi desideri, semplicemente non m'interessa.“


„Dare il benvenuto ad un neonato, è per certi versi qualcosa di assoluto, più vero e coinvolgente di qualsiasi altra esperienza offra la vita.“

„I mass media trattano la violenza sulle donne, ad esempio lo stupro, le percosse e l'omicidio di mogli e fidanzate, o l'incesto maschile con i propri figli, come aberrazioni che riguardano solo l'individuo. Nascondendo il fatto che in verità qualsiasi violenza maschile nei confronti delle donne fa parte di una operazione pianificata.“

„All the women I know feel a little like outlaws.“

„Desire consumes you, it takes you over. You forget yourself completely. All you can think about is the other, the one you desire, your self is just a fire.“ Her Mother's Daughter

„It's strange how men feel they have the right to criticize a woman's appearance to her face.“ Her Mother's Daughter

„There was no justice, there was only life. And life she had.“ The Women's Room


„She drowned in words that could not teach her how to swim.“ The Women's Room

„I have opened all the doors in my head.
I have opened all the pores in my body.
But only the tide rolls in.“
The Women's Room

„Later, she would remember these years, and realize with astonishment that she had, by fifteen, decided on most of the assumptions she would carry for the rest of her life: that people were essentially not evil, that perfection was death, that life was better than order and a little chaos good for the soul. Most important, this life was all. Unfortunately, she forgot these things, and had to remember them the hard way.“ The Women's Room

„The breakdown of the neighborhoods also meant the end of what was essentially an extended family.... With the breakdown of the extended family, too much pressure was put on the single family. Mom had no one to stay with Granny, who couldn't be depended on to set the house on fire while Mom was off grocery shopping. The people in the neighborhood weren't there to keep an idle eye out for the fourteen-year-old kid who was the local idiot, and treated with affection as well as tormented.... So we came up with the idea of putting everybody in separate places. We lock them up in prisons, mental hospitals, geriatric housing projects, old-age homes, nursery schools, cheap suburbs that keep women and the kids of f the streets, expensive suburbs where everybody has their own yard and a front lawn that is tended by a gardener so all the front lawns look alike and nobody uses them anyway.... the faster we lock them up, the higher up goes the crime rate, the suicide rate, the rate of mental breakdown. The way it's going, there'll be more of them than us pretty soon. Then you'll have to start asking questions about the percentage of the population that's not locked up, those that claim that the other fifty-five per cent is crazy, criminal, or senile.
WE have to find some other way.... So I started imagining.... Suppose we built houses in a circle, or a square, or whatever, connected houses of varying sizes, but beautiful, simple. And outside, behind the houses, all the space usually given over to front and back lawns, would be common too. And there could be vegetable gardens, and fields and woods for the kids to play in. There's be problems about somebody picking the tomatoes somebody else planted, or the roses, or the kids trampling through the pea patch, but the fifty groups or individuals who lived in the houses would have complete charge and complete responsibility for what went on in their little enclave. At the other side of the houses, facing the, would be a little community center. It would have a community laundry -- why does everybody have to own a washing machine?-- and some playrooms and a little cafe and a communal kitchen. The cafe would be an outdoor one, with sliding glass panels to close it in in winter, like the ones in Paris. This wouldn't be a full commune: everybody would have their own way of earning a living, everybody would retain their own income, and the dwellings would be priced according to size. Each would have a little kitchen, in case people wanted to eat alone, a good-sized living space, but not enormous, because the community center would be there. Maybe the community center would be beautiful, lush even. With playrooms for the kids and the adults, and sitting rooms with books. But everyone in the community, from the smallest walking child, would have a job in it.“
The Women's Room


„Male territorial insanity yields only to another male. What a difference the possession of a penis makes!“ Her Mother's Daughter

„What is a man, anyway? Everything I see around me in popular culture tells me a man is he who screws and kills. But everything I see around me in life tells me a man is he who makes money.“ The Women's Room

„S and M is only the expression in the bedroom of an oppressive-submissive relation which can happen also in the kitchen or at the factory, can happen between people of any gender. There is obviously something titillating about these relationships, but it isn't the sexual components that makes them ugly, they're uglier elsewhere. Nothing sexual is depraved. Only cruelty is depraved, and that's another matter.“ The Women's Room

„In a great gasp, puts her head in her hands again and cries as if her throat were a cave, as if the howling winds came from her belly, she cries like a storm that will never end.“ Her Mother's Daughter

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