I think,” said my neighbour, her chin very high in the air (and still spiffed, I am glad to say) “that women who’ve never married and never had children have missed out on the central experiences of life. They are emotionally crippled.” Now what am I supposed to say to that? I ask you. That women who’ve never won the Nobel Peace Prize have also experienced a serious deprivation? It’s like taking candy from a baby; the poor thing isn’t allowed to get angry, only catty. I said, “That’s rude, and silly,” and helped her to mashed potatoes.
… “You can’t catch a man.”
“That’s why I’ll never be abandoned,” said I. Fortunately she did not hear me. Did I say taking candy from babies? Rather, eating babies, killing babies, abandoning babies. So sad, so easy.
— Joanna Russ
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