You cannot use someone else’s fire. You can only use your own. And in order to do that, you must first be willing to believe that you have it.
Audre Lorde (via creatingaquietmind)
Feminists are made, not born. One does not become an advocate of feminist politics simply by having the privilege of having been born female. Like all political positions one becomes a believer in feminist politics through choice and action. When women first organized in groups to talk together about the issue of sexism and male domination, they were clear that females were socialized to believe sexist thinking and values as males, the difference being simply that males benefited from sexism more than females and were as a consequence less likely to want to surrender patriarchal privilege. Before women could change patriarchy we had to change ourselves; we had to raise our consciousness.
bell hooks, Feminism is For Everybody: Passionate Politics, p. 7 (via daughterofzami)