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“A friend recently told me of a very powerful man on the East Coast who has gained a reputation for toying cruelly with the hearts of so-called powerful women The question, of course, is how does a powerful woman allow herself to be toyed with. What place of wounded self-esteem makes her vulnerable to his emotionally sadistic machinations?…

That man is a dinosaur, his breed will die out.” Marianne Williamson “A Woman’s Worth”

“Anyone who has chosen to remain deliberately barren…they’ve got no idea about what life’s about.” Australian Senator Bill Heffernan on Julia Gillard, 2007

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This is the sound of patriarchy dying.

“If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” Former Republican Congressman Todd Akin

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This is the sound of the dinosaurs’ last desperate battle cry as they realize that they are becoming obsolete.

“Money is more important for men. Take a hypothetical husband and wife who are both lawyers. But the husband is working 50 or 60 hours a week, going all out, making 200 grand a year. The woman takes time off, raises kids, is not ‘go, go, go.’ Now they’re 50 years old. The husband is making 200 grand a year, the woman is making 40 grand a year. It wasn’t discrimination. There was a different sense of urgency in each person.” Senator Glenn Grothman, 2012.

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This is the cry of the mortally wounded animal, fighting to  maintain control, in power, when he should be focusing on survival.

“Just because India achieved freedom at midnight does not mean that women can venture out after dark. They should ensure that they do not board buses with few passengers. The woman should have thought twice before boarding the suspicious private bus that night. Though the incident was condemnable, she should also have behaved keeping in mind the situation.”

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This is the sound of the old ways fading.

 “A debate between a man and woman is very complicated because if you abuse your intellectual superiority, or whatever it may be, you end up looking like a machista [chauvinist] who is cornering a defenceless woman.” Spanish politician Miguel Arias Cañete, 2014

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This is the sound of every dinosaur’s longing to board a gigantic Doc Brown DeLorean time machine to the 1950s. A more innocent time.

“I wouldn’t want to stay with daughters who are not getting married. Because that in itself is a problem in society. I know that people today think being single is nice. It’s actually not right. That’s a distortion. You’ve got to have kids. Kids are important to a woman because they actually give an extra training to a woman, to be a mother.” South African president Jacob Zuma, 2012

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“You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait.”

“And when you’re a star, they let you do it,” Trump says. “You can do anything.”

“Whatever you want,” says another voice, apparently (Billy) Bush’s.

“Grab them by the p—y,” Trump says. “You can do anything.”

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This is the sound of patriarchy dying. Hold on, my friends. Brighter days are coming.

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