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Citati iz knjige „Unspeakable Things“ autora Laurie Penny

Mariah Miklus
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just because you would give up every dream you ever had to see one special person smile doesn’t mean you should.
Mariah Miklus
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to put men in the ‘friend zone’, which is a mug’s game, because of course no real man would actually want to be a woman’s friend. The power to say no to sex makes women monstrous to men, feels like more than a fitting exchange for every other sort of power denied to women and girls over these long, weary generations.
Mariah Miklus
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you see yourself as incomplete without a partner to be your ‘other half’, you will always be lonely, even in a partnership.
Mariah Miklus
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Some of us may have loosened the vice of religious misogyny, but we still find ourselves on our knees.
Mariah Miklus
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I see so many bright, brilliant women pouring their energy into salving the hurt of men who cannot turn to each other for comfort. We do it as sisters, as mothers, as friends, and especially as lovers and wives, because of the sheer number of men and boys who are socialised out of intimacy with anyone they’re not fucking.
Mariah Miklus
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What appears to upset many of these people more than anything else is the idea that any woman or girl, anywhere, might have a voice, might be successful, might be more socially powerful than they themselves are – at least, that’s the message I get every time I’m told that I’ve got a lot to say for myself, and my silly little girl’s mouth could be more usefully employed sucking one of the enormous penises that these commentators definitely all possess.
Mariah Miklus
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And so we stay silent as misogyny becomes normalised. We’re told to shut up and accept that abuse of this vicious and targeted kind just happens and we’d better get used to it
Mariah Miklus
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Asking for it. By daring to be visibly female in public life, we’re asking to be abused and harassed and frightened, and so is any person with the temerity to express herself while in possession of a pair of tits.
Mariah Miklus
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If you’re a woman and somebody calls you ‘attention seeking’, that’s a sure way to tell you’ve made an impact. It’s yet another slur that should be a source of pride.
Mariah Miklus
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Little girls who talk too much, who demand the respect they have earned, are ‘attention seeking’, and that’s very bad. Little boys who do the same are ‘confident’ or ‘engaging’. Men in public life, whether they are celebrities or politicians, rock stars or radio DJs, actors, activists or academics, are almost never accused of being ‘attention seeking’
Mariah Miklus
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One of the most common insults flung at women who speak or write in public is ‘attention seeking’ – a classic way of silencing us, particularly if we are political.
Mariah Miklus
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We have created a culture and a legal system which punishes those who seek justice so badly that those who do come forward are assumed to have some ulterior motive.
Mariah Miklus
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Telling young women that we are not allowed to make the same mistakes, have the same fun or take the same risks that young men do – risks like getting drunk, going out adventuring or travelling alone – may offer us some protection from predators in the short term. But in the long term it just gives those predators more power. It gives them the power to control women’s behaviour, to keep us fearful, and to make sure we cannot have fun and take risks without the threat of sexual violence. That’s what rape culture is all about, and rape culture is strengthened every time we tell young women to drink less or risk sexual assault.
Mariah Miklus
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Arguing over whether or not it is a woman’s ‘responsibility’ to protect herself from rape prevents us from discussing the real issue, which is when precisely society is going to start placing the blame for rape on the men who commit rape, the criminal justice system which refuses to take it seriously, and the wider culture of silence and shame which allows men and boys to continue raping women, girls and other men with relative impunity.
Mariah Miklus
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If women as a class had always listened to everyone telling us to place limits on ourselves for our own safety, we would all still be stuck in the kitchen.
Mariah Miklus
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Technological advances are meant to benefit humanity, but the notion that women and queer people are fully human seems yet to occur to a worrying proportion of lawmakers. Where women are permitted access to contraception and abortion, that access can’t be made easy – we must never forget that our limited sexual freedom is the gift of powerful men, who can take it away again if we don’t behave.
Mariah Miklus
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The principle that sex is without consequences for men but dangerous for women because it is associated with the risk of pregnancy is a difficult principle for some people to let go of. It is women’s job to resist men’s advances for as long as possible and then to carry the burden of those advances; women should have sex done to us, never take control of it ourselves. There is no reason why this should be the case.
Mariah Miklus
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Being at the mercy of one’s biology, however, being forced to give birth to a child against one’s will and raise it in poverty or give it away – these things are deemed psychologically healthy.
Mariah Miklus
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we can’t cope with all this freedom, that the maternal impulse rebels, that abortion is so psychologically damaging that women should be forbidden access to it.28
Mariah Miklus
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continues to claim that abortion and contraception are sinful,27 to which the obvious retort is that God also created smallpox, polio and erectile dysfunction, but that hasn’t stopped medical science from helping us lead longer and more exciting lives without them. Increasingly, however, we are told that pregnancy termination and birth control are somehow psychologically damaging to women – that
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