Quotes from “Sex Object” by Jessica Valenti

Nieturner
Nieturnerhas quoted2 years ago
Recognizing suffering is not giving up and it’s not weak.
Masha Shakurova
Masha Shakurovahas quoted9 months ago
I started to ask myself: Who would I be if I didn’t live in a world that hated women? I’ve been unable to come up with a satisfactory answer, but I did realize that I’ve long been mourning this version of myself that never existed.
mmabyalwakumalo
mmabyalwakumalohas quotedlast year
Who would I be if I didn’t live in a world that hated women?
Shania Fahira
Shania Fahirahas quoted23 days ago
Who would I be if I didn’t live in a world that hated women?
Jorge Cavazos
Jorge Cavazoshas quoted2 months ago
Her tears that night set the stage for a relationship-long narrative between them: my father desperate for her love and she too scared of it.
Jorge Cavazos
Jorge Cavazoshas quoted2 months ago
Men’s pain and existential angst are the stuff of myth and legends and narratives that shape everything we do, but women’s pain is a backdrop—a plot development to push the story along for the real protagonists. Disrupting that story means we’re needy or selfish, or worst of all, man-haters—as if after all men have done to women over the ages the mere act of not liking them for it is most offensive.
Jorge Cavazos
Jorge Cavazoshas quoted2 months ago
But worse than the violations themselves was the creeping understanding of what it meant to be female—that it’s not a matter of if something bad happens, but when and how bad.
Jorge Cavazos
Jorge Cavazoshas quoted2 months ago
started to ask myself: Who would I be if I didn’t live in a world that hated women? I’ve been unable to come up with a satisfactory answer, but I did realize that I’ve long been mourning this version of myself that never existed.
Jorge Cavazos
Jorge Cavazoshas quoted2 months ago
All women live in objectification the way fish live in water.
—Catharine A. MacKinnon
Abraham Osayomi
Abraham Osayomihas quoted3 months ago
My father wanted desperately for me to succeed and I wanted desperately to please him, to be the shining example, the proof, of how far he had come. When I did something right, something
Abraham Osayomi
Abraham Osayomihas quoted3 months ago
good and smart and worthy, his praise was effusive, all-encompassing. Mistakes, though, were never simply screw-ups. Any failure was a sure sign of an inevitable downward spiral. Doing badly on an exam was not just one test grade but evidence of a slippery slope down to where he and my mother felt they resided. The consequences of my not succeeding were ripe to him in a way that I could not understand.
Abraham Osayomi
Abraham Osayomihas quoted3 months ago
father looked out the window, saw her battered face, and ran outside to her. But he, a large bushy-bearded man in his underwear, did not inspire confidence and she ran away. Hers was not the last scream we heard outside of our window.
Abraham Osayomi
Abraham Osayomihas quoted3 months ago
good mothers don’t get abortions is too
Abraham Osayomi
Abraham Osayomihas quoted3 months ago
My aunts and mom joked about how often it happened to them when they were younger—the one man who flashed a jacket open and had a big red bow on his cock, the neighborhood pervert who masturbated visibly in his window as they walked to school as girls.
Abraham Osayomi
Abraham Osayomihas quoted3 months ago
We know that children who live in violent neighborhoods are more likely to develop PTSD, the daily fear changing their brains and psychological makeup so drastically that flashbacks and disassociation become common. We know people who are bullied get depressed and sometimes commit suicide
Cintia Reyes
Cintia Reyeshas quoted5 months ago
Looking over various photos of you something became startling apparent. This is the most flattering and you are still homely. Which begs the question—why are so many hardcore feminists so unattractive?
Cintia Reyes
Cintia Reyeshas quoted5 months ago
The brain does strange things to protect us. I knew that I loved her, but there is a difference between loving someone and having the ability to feel that love
Cintia Reyes
Cintia Reyeshas quoted5 months ago
Meanwhile we have no real word for men who kill women. Is the word just “men”?
Cintia Reyes
Cintia Reyeshas quoted5 months ago
A man in Queens who slashed the throat of a twenty-six-year-old woman who wasn’t interested.
Cintia Reyes
Cintia Reyeshas quoted5 months ago
But when it suited him, my feminism became an excuse for him not to do things he didn’t feel like doing—if I asked Ron to walk me home at three a.m. he’d say, But I thought you were a strong feminist, a common refrain when I needed help to change a tire or, once, asked him to come along to an ultrasound of a lump in my breast.
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