"Women and men do not receive an equal education because outside of the classroom women are not perceived as sovereign beings but as prey…. the capacity to think independently, to take intellectual risks, to assert ourselves mentally is inseparable from our physical way of being in the world, our feelings of personal integrity. If it is dangerous for me to walk home late of an evening from the library because I am a woman and I can be raped then, how self possessed, how exuberant can I feel as I sit and work at the library? How much of my working energy is drained by by the subliminal knowledge that as a woman, I test my physical right to exist every time I go out alone."
I came across this excerpt from someone else’s tumblr
and from Adrienne Rich, feminist writer who just died this week. It is from a chapter called, Taking Women Students Seriously
, from her book called, On Lies, Secrets and Silence
. It just got added to my amazon wish list. I wish this statement wasn’t truer and I also wish I was hip to her much much earlier.
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