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Eva Figes

  • There is a hidden fear that somehow, if they are only given a chance, women will suddenly do as they have been done by.

  • For centuries the word 'nature' has been used to bolster prejudices or to express, not reality, but a state of affairs that the user would wish to see.

  • When women discovered the orgasm it was, combined with modern birth control, perhaps the biggest single nail in the coffin of male dominance.

  • ... grievance does not make for great art.

  • Providing for one's family as a good husband and father is a watertight excuse for making money hand over fist. Greed may be a sin, exploitation of other people might, on the face of it, look rather nasty, but who can blame a man for 'doing the best' for his children?

    • Eva Figes,
    • "A View of My Own," in Nova ()
  • But the gates of my happy childhood had clanged shut behind me; I had become adult enough to recognize the need to conceal unbearable emotions for the sake of others.

  • ... they were used to each other's tiresome little ways, like two pebbles grating against each other through half a century of ebb and flow.

Eva Figes, German-born English writer

(1932 - 2012)

Full name: Eva Unger Figes.