patriarchal culture senses danger in the unmarried woman

Patriarchal Culture Senses Danger
in the Unmarried Woman

Patriarchal culture senses danger in the unmarried woman. If a man is unmarried, he is called a bachelor. If a woman is unmarried, she is called a spinster or an old maid. What is it about an unmarried woman that poses such a threat to the patriarchal order? Mainly, it is that women are no one's property when we're unmarried. We're under no one's control, and neither are our children. There is no telling what we might do or say.

Marianne Williamson
A Woman's Worth
 

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the story begins with innocent little girls

The Story Begins with Innocent Little Girls

The story doesn't begin with grown women being massacred in the workplace or in the press. It begins with innocent little girls who become convinced, for whatever reason, that the girl within them isn't good enough.

Marianne Williamson
A Woman's Worth
 

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we promise that we will never go back

We Promise that We Will Never Go Back

We begin with a promise, made to ourselves and to each other, that we will never go back. We will never again fail to realize how hard it is for every woman, as it has been for us, to face the challenges and resistances of a world that treats women as second-class citizens.

[...] Oppression of women is far from over, and often women themselves are the ones who make the world even harder for other women.

Marianne Williamson
A Woman's Worth
 

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when we no longer feel guilty

When We No Longer Feel Guilty

When we ourselves no longer feel guilty, when we have liberated ourselves from the limited thinking of a society deeply afraid of ecstatic women, then we will no longer encounter people who attack us. Or if we do, we will no longer care.

Marianne Williamson
A Woman's Worth
 

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