Catherine MacKinnon, a mother of second-wave feminism, led the US movement alongside greats such as Andrea Dworkin and Gloria Steinem. Primarily, a legal scholar, lecturing at institutions such as Harvard. Specialising in sexual harassment, pornography and prostitution. We take a look at some quotes from her acclaimed 1980’s publication, Feminism Unmodified: Discourses on life and law.
”One of the advantages of male supremacy, along with money and speech and education and respectability, is sexual access to women, of which pornography is one form.”
”Marriage is women’s destiny, she defends and seeks to extend. Now, three out of five marriages end in divorce after about five years, leaving the woman with approximately one child, approximately no income, and a standard of living drastically below that of her former husband.”
”A recent study shows that the only difference between hookers and other women with similar class backgrounds is that prostitutes earn twice as much.”
”We resent being blamed for what men do to us, being told we provoked it when we are raped or sexually harassed, living in constant fear.”
”Men see rape ass intercourse: feminists say much intercourse is rape.”
”The rule said that if Native American women married outside the tribe, the children of that union were not full tribe members: if Native American men married out, there were no such consequences.”
”What is not considered to be a hierarchy is women and men – men on top and women on the bottom.”
”The problem is, the State has never in fact protected women’s dignity or bodily integrity.’
”Most rapes are intra-racial and committed by men the women know.”
”The purported plot of Deep Throat (Linda Lovelace) is premised upon rearranging the woman by putting a clitoris in her throat, so she gets sexual pleasure out of giving oral sex to men.”
”A critique of pornography is to feminism what defence is to male supremacy.”
”This is what it means when feminists say that maleness is a form of power and femaleness is a form of powerlessness.”
”Women’s desire to be fucked by men is equal to men’s desire to fuck women.”
Quite simply, a great feminist icon here to inspire and move humanity forward.