• Définition du monde en fonction de l’expérience des hommes | Citations féministes

    La physiologie des hommes définit la plupart des sports, leurs besoins définissent la couverture de l’assurance auto et de l’assurance santé, leurs biographies socialement construites définissent les attentes du monde du travail et les profils de carrières prospères, leurs points de vue et leurs préoccupations définissent la qualité dans le système de bourses d’étude, leurs expériences et obsessions définissent le mérite, leur objectivation de la vie définit l’art, leur service militaire définit la citoyenneté, leur présence définit la famille, leur incapacité à s’entendre les uns avec les autres -leurs guerres et leurs règnes – définit l’histoire, leur image définit Dieu, et leurs organes génitaux définissent la sexualité.

    Catharine MacKinnon
    Difference and Dominance : On sex discrimination


    Men’s physiology defines most sports, their health needs define insurance coverage, their socially designed biographies define workplace expectations and successful career patterns, their perspectives and concerns define quality in scholar- ship, their experiences and obsessions define merit, their military service defines citizenship, their presence defines family, their inability to get along with each other- their wars and rulerships-defines history, their image defines god, and their genitals define sex.

    • The only question is what is and is not a gender question. Once no amount of difference justifies treating women as subhuman, eliminating that is what equality law is for. In this shift of paradigms, equality propositions become no longer propositions of good and evil, but of power, and powerlessness, no more disinterested in their origins or neutral in their arrival at conclusions than are the problems they address. There came a time in Black people’s movement for equality in this country when slavery stopped being a question of how it could be justified and became a question of how it could be ended. Racial disparities surely existed or racism would have been harmless, but at that point-a point not yet reached for issues of sex-no amount of group difference mattered any more. This is the same point at which a group’s characteristics, including empirical attributes, become constitutive of the fully human, rather than being defined, as before, as exceptions to or by distinction from the fully human. It incarnates partial standards to one-sidedly measure one group’s differences against a standard set by the other. The point at which one’s particular qualities become part of the standard by which humanity is measured is a millennial moment.