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Dorothy Dinnerstein

  • ... a sense of deep strain between women and men has been permeating our species' life as far back into time as the study of myth and ritual permits us to trace human feeling.

  • ... humans are by nature unnatural. We do not yet walk 'naturally' on our hind legs, for example: such ills as fallen arches, lower back pain, and hernias testify that the body has not adapted itself completely to the upright posture. Yet this unnatural posture ... is precisely what has made possible the development of important aspects of our 'nature': the hand and the brain, and the complex system of skills, language, and social arrangements which were both effects and causes of hand and brain.

  • So long as it is women who are mainly in charge of children the double standard will survive.

Dorothy Dinnerstein, U.S. psychologist, feminist, activist, writer

(1923 - 1992)