FC: Who says I can't make my own canon?
1: Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that | Other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are born to make manifest the glory that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously Give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, Our presence automatically liberates others. -Marianne Williamson
3: Those of us who stand outside the circle of society's definition of acceptable women; those of us who have been forged in the crucibles of difference-those of us who are poor, who are lesbians, who are black, who are older, know that survival is not an academic skill. It is learning how to stand alone, unpopular and sometimes reviled, and how to make common cause with those others identified as outside the structure in order to define and seek a world in which we can all flourish | It is learning how to take our differences and make them strengths. Audre Lorde
4: When does the mark of gender become truly effective? | How is it that a human body takes on a gendered form?
7: It is that act of speech, of talking back, that is no mere gesture of empty words | that is the expression of our movement from object to subject-the liberated voice.
8: With language, I can claim aspects of myself that I’ve denied | express ideas that have been suppressed and tabood for a long time | define my life as real, and can act to change my life.
9: It is one thing to be born a female | but quite another to undergo proper acculturation as a woman
10: Feminist Theories aren’t just about what happens to the female population in any given society or across all societies; they are about the meaning of those experiences in the lives of women.
11: One does not pose as someone else, one does not pretend to be, for example, someone of a different personality or character or someone who uses space or language differently that the other person.
12: Rather one is someone who has that personality or character or uses space and language in that particular way.
13: I think that travelling to someone’s world is a way of identifying with them is because by travelling to their ‘world’ we can understand what it is to be them | and what it is to be ourselves in their eyes. Only when we have traveled to each others ‘worlds’ are we fully subjects to each other.
14: Intimacy is constructed in part by a very deep knowledge of the other self and the world traveling is only a part of this knowledge.
15: Without knowing the others ‘world’ one does not know the other and without knowing the other one is really alone in the others presence | Traveling to each others ‘worlds’ enables us to be, through loving each other
16: Knowing other women’s ‘world’ is part of knowing them and knowing them is a part of loving them. | I am incomplete and unreal without other women | I am profoundly dependant on others without having to be their subordinate, their slave, their servant.
18: For it matters to us what is said about us, who says it, and whom it is said: having the opportunity to talk about one’s life, to give an account of it, is integral to leading that life rather than being led through it.
19: I had a very personal stake in investigating this topic. Playfulness is not only the attribute that was the source of my confusion and the attitude that I recommend as the loving attitude in traveling across ‘worlds’ but also what I am scared to do without- ending up a serious human being, someone who has no multidimensionality, with no fun in life someone who has had the fun constructed out of her. I am seriously scared of getting stuck in a world that constructs me that way. A ‘world’ that I have no escape from and in which I cannot be playful.
20: Intimacy is constructed in part by a very deep knowledge of the other self and the world traveling is only a part of this knowledge.
21: Because the task at hand for you is one of extraordinary difficulty. It requires that you be willing to devote a great part of your life to it and that you be willing to suffer alienation and self disruption. You do have the obligation to abandon your imperialism, your universal claims, your reduction of us to your selves simply because they seriously harm us.
22: But Remember
23: The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found there way out of the depths. These people have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep, loving concern.Beautiful people do not just happen. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross