MRA graphic, “Feminist Quotes by Leading Feminists”: cherry-picking, misrepresentation, and invention

MRA, Feminist quotes by leading feminists

One popular MRA meme is titled “Feminist Quotes by Leading Feminists". It is a perfect example of the MRA misrepresentation of feminism. Either these people aren’t leaders, or the quotes are fake or from works of fiction (novels), or the quotes are taken out of context, or the quotes are accurate but representative of a particular strand of 1960s, 1970s and 80s radical feminism. They were hotly debated by other feminists at the time, and they’re simply not representative of modern feminism.


Robin Morgan: This quote is from 1973

Valerie Solanas: Solanas is notorious for the ‘SCUM Manifesto’, published in 1967, where this quote comes from. Yes, she wrote this. But it’s simply not representative of feminism, whether of late 1960s feminism or contemporary feminism.

Andrea Dworkin: This quote is by a *fictional character* in a novel of hers, “Mercy” (1990), by a woman who had been raped and is raging against this.

Susan Brownmiller: Yes, she wrote this, in her book “Against Her Will”, in 1975. It hardly represents contemporary feminist thinking on sexual violence.

Sharon Stone: She’s a prominent actor, but not at all a ‘feminist leader’.

Catharine MacKinnon: This quote is *fake*. She never said it or wrote it. See

Sally Miller Gearhart: She is not proposing mass murder, but selective reproduction. She was a dedicated pacifist and a science fiction writer, and interested in changing the ratios of female to male on Earth by technologies of cloning or ovular merging ( This comment dates from a seminar, then published in 1982.

Catherine Comins: She is a minor commentator, and not a ‘leader’ in any real sense, whether in advocacy or scholarship. I had to Google her.

Marilyn French: The quote “All men are rapists”, like Dworkin’s above, is by a *fictional* character in a novel (by a character in French’s first novel, “The Women’s Room” (1977).

Germaine Greer: While identified by some as a prominent feminist, Greer has few if any ties to feminist groups, organisations, or scholarship. She is something of a loose cannon, as feminist criticisms of her recent work on rape show.