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Tue Mar 5, 2013, 12:08 PM

The Rebecca West quote is incomplete.

The full quote is

I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat or a prostitute.

― Rebecca West, Mr Chesterton in Hysterics: A Study in Prejudice, The Clarion, 14 November 1913

This quote has been truncated for at least the three decades since I first encountered it. I've often wondered why it was shortened. I like to imagine it didn't fit well on a t-shirt in the '70s so they edited it slightly. But the cynic in me thinks it was shortened because it was so outrageously OTT for the time in which she said it.



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