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Sunday, 13 March 2011

A quote a day for Women's History Month:13th March

Those who stick their necks out to start social movements tend to be in certain respects atypical. Paradoxically, they are likely to have economic and social privileges that free them from an overwhelming preoccupation with survival, that make them feel less vulnerable and more entitled.... Or conversely, they may already be social outcasts or misfits in one way or another and so feel they have little to lose.... Yet rebellious minorities are really just canaries in the mine. When their complaints speak to widespread, if unadmitted, disappointments and desires, it's amazing how fast ordinary people's desires and the whole social atmosphere can change.
Ellen Willis (this is a wonderful site with lots of links to her writings) was another of the not recognised as well as she might be feminist polemicists/analysts starting out in the 1970s.

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