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Caryl Rivers

  • ... smell is the closest thing human beings have to a time machine ...

    • Caryl Rivers,
    • "Growing Up Catholic in Midcentury America," in New York Times Magazine ()
  • Guilt implanted at a tender age is not easy to destroy. A weed, it sprouts in unexpected places.

    • Caryl Rivers,
    • "Growing Up Catholic in Midcentury America," in New York Times Magazine ()
  • Technology has allowed the world of men in our society to separate itself from the sight and the sounds of killing; from the horror of it, but not from the killing. It must be easy to kill from a roomful of fluorescent lights and wash-and-wear shirts.

    • Caryl Rivers,
    • "Men and Women," in Glamour ()
  • One of the great inventions of the twentieth century was the studied, methodical engineering of myth for political ends.

    • Caryl Rivers,
    • "Mythogony," in Quill ()
  • [On the Barbie doll:] Her values, while somewhat Yuppified, are not so bad. Look at GI Joe. His only wardrobe is fatigues, he spends all his time trying to kill people, or getting his own innards splashed across the landscape. His big hobby is death.

  • Freedom is much more complicated than servitude.

  • What we've done, it seems to me, is allow women to get older, but not to age.

  • Men have jobs, while women have Roles: Mother, Wife, Goddess, Temptress, etc. That's probably why it's so hard for women to rewrite the rules. You're not just changing a job description, but an ancient myth. You're revising the Bible, Poetry, Legend and Psychoanalytic Scripture.

Caryl Rivers, U.S. writer

(1937)