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Ann Oakley

  • On the whole, Western society is organized around the assumption that the differences between the sexes are more important than any qualities they have in common.

  • Sex differences may be 'natural,' but gender differences have their source in culture.

  • Clearly, society has a tremendous stake in insisting on a woman's natural fitness for the career of mother: the alternatives are all too expensive.

  • Without men the world would be a better place: softer, kinder, more loving; calmer, quieter, more humane.

Ann Oakley, English sociologist, feminist, writer

(1944)