“neither men nor women”

Neither men nor women believe in the existence of women as significant beings.  It is impossible to remember as real the suffering of someone who by definition has no legitimate claim to dignity or freedom, someone who is in fact viewed as some thing, an object or an absence.  And if a woman, an individual woman multiplied by billions, does not believe in her own discrete existence and therefore cannot credit the authenticity of her own suffering, she is erased, canceled out, and the meaning of her life, whatever it is, whatever it might have been, is lost.  This loss cannot be calculated or comprehended.  It is vast and awful, and nothing will ever make up for it.

— Andrea Dworkin, Right Wing Women, pg 21

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