Quote of the day

Feminists (and I’m generalising here) tend towards the conclusion that women who don’t sign up are simply hostages to the tyranny of the patriarchy, whose feeble personal consciousnesses have refused to be raised. But there is a lot more to it than that. Feminism has its own troubling flaws, and they are too little addressed. The fundamental and rather serious problem is the blunt and somewhat stubborn emphasis on “equality”, difficult enough in a society deeply divided by economic inequality generally, even without the added complication that it’s the people with care of children, whatever their sex, whose economic freedom is most compromised the world over. -Deborah Orr, “Why is feminism still so afraid to focus on its flaws?“, The Guardian, 15 June 2011

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