Anyone who pays attention to Google doodle today You may have noticed that it is in celebration of British novelist Virginia Woolf, on what would have been her 136th birthday.
Now is a good time to honor her. Woolf, who died in 1941, exemplified many of the conversations that are still so relevant today.
She is a feminist icon for her independence, creativity, and determination. She did not believe that women were superior to men, but that both were equally necessary and useful.
But she was also way ahead of her time in questioning the social norms of her day around gender and sexuality. The Woolfs were in an open marriage, and Woolf was in a relationship with Vita Sackville-West, a poet also in an open marriage, for several years.
However, her interest in the fluidity of sexuality and gender was not just for real life. He also explored it extensively in his own fiction, the most famous of which include “Mrs Dalloway”, “To the Lighthouse”, “Orlando” and “A Room of One’s Own”.
In “Orlando,” for example, published in 1928, Woolf explores bisexuality, defined as the fusion of masculine and feminine identities in a single character.
For Woolf, a mind that could incorporate elements of both the masculine and the feminine was the most creative, and it was a unity she strove for.
So, without further ado, here are some of our favorite quotes from this mainstay of feminist wisdom:
1. “A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is going to write fiction.”
2. “As a woman I have no homeland. As a woman my country is the whole world”.
3. “Anything can happen when femininity is no longer a protected occupation.”
Four. “As long as she thinks of a man, no one objects to a woman thinking”
5. “Second-hand books are wild books, homeless books; they have gathered in great flocks of variegated feathers, and have a charm which the tame volumes in the library lack.”
6. “A woman knows very well that even if a wit sends her poems, praises her judgment, asks for her criticism, and drinks her tea, this in no way means that he respects her opinions, admires her understanding, or will refuse, even if he is denies the rapier, to pierce the body with his pen.
7. “The history of men’s opposition to the emancipation of women is perhaps more interesting than the history of that emancipation itself.”
8. “He believed her beautiful, he believed her impeccably wise; he dreamed of her, he wrote her poems that he, ignoring her subject, he corrected with red ink ”.
9. “I hate the male point of view. I am bored by his heroism, virtue and honor. I think the best thing these men can do is not talk about themselves anymore.”
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