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Шарлотта Перкинс Гилман

Дата рождения: 3. Июль 1860
Дата смерти: 17. Август 1935

Шарло́тта Пе́ркинс Ги́лман — американская феминистка, социолог, романистка, новеллистка, поэтесса, научный литератор, преподаватель и социальный реформатор. Гилман послужила ролевой моделью для будущих поколений феминисток. Самая известная её работа, «Жёлтые обои», была написана после тяжёлой борьбы Гилман с послеродовым психозом.


„Высшее проявление материнского инстинкта можно наблюдать у курицы, заботливо высиживающей фарфоровые яйца, — инстинкта, но не ума.“

„Юноши думают о том, чего они могут добиться и что получить; девушки — о том, кого они могут заполучить.“


„It is the same woman, I know, for she is always creeping, and most women do not creep by daylight.“ The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories

„There is no female mind. The brain is not an organ of sex. As well speak of a female liver.“ Women and Economics

„Death? Why all this fuss about death? Use your imagination, try to visualize a world without death! Death is the essential condition to life, not an evil.“

„There are things in that paper that nobody knows but me, or ever will.“ The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories

„But I MUST say what I feel and think in some way — it is such a relief! But the effort is getting to be greater than the relief.“ The Yellow Wall-Paper

„Now why should that man have fainted? But he did, and right across my path by the wall, so that I had to creep over him every time!“ The Yellow Wall-Paper


„As for mother Eve - I wasn't there and can't deny the story, but I will say this. If she brought evil into the world, we men have had the lion's share of keeping it going ever since.“ The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Writings

„When all usefulness is over, when one is assured of an unavoidable and imminent death, it is the simplest of human rights to choose a quick and easy death in place of a slow and horrible one.“

„In a sick society, women who have difficulty fitting in are not ill but demonstrating a healthy and positive response.“

„I'm sure I never used to be so sensitive. I think it is due to this nervous condition.“ The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories


„It does not do to trust people too much.“ The Yellow Wall-Paper

„This is the woman's century, the first chance for the mother of the world to rise to her full place... and the world waits while she powders her nose.“

„I learned a lot, when I was a child, from novels and stories, even fairytales have some point to them--the good ones. The thing that impressed me most forcibly was this: the villains went to work with their brains and always accomplished something. To be sure they were "foiled" in the end, but that was by some special interposition of Providence, not by any equal exertion of intellect on the part of the good people. The heroes and middle ones were mostly very stupid. If bad things happened, they practised patience, endurance, resignation, and similar virtues; if good things happened they practised modesty and magnanimity and virtues like that, but it never seemed to occur to any of them to make things move their way. Whatever the villains planned for them to do, they did, like sheep. The same old combinations of circumstances would be worked off on them in book after book--and they always tumbled.

It used to worry me as a discord worries a musician. Hadn't they ever read anything? Couldn't they learn anything from what they read--ever? It appeared not. And it seemed to me, even as a very little child, that what we wanted was good people with brains, not just negative, passive, good people, but positive, active ones, who gave their minds to it.

"A good villain. That's what we need!" I said to myself. "Why don't they write about them? Aren't there ever any?"

I never found any in all my beloved story books, or in real life. And gradually, I made up my mind to be one.“
Benigna Machiavelli

„Here she comes, running, out of prison and off the pedestal: chains off, crown off, halo off, just a live woman.“

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