Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Today's feminist quotation...

... comes from the 16c Venetian courtesan and poet Veronica Franco. I have also placed this on the Quotable page of my web site.

"When we too are armed and trained, we can convince men that we have hands, feet, and a heart like yours; and although we may be delicate and soft, some men who are delicate are also strong; and others, coarse and harsh, are cowards.  Women have not yet realized this, for if they should decide to do so, they would be able to fight you until death; and to prove that I speak the truth, amongst so many women, I will be the first to act, setting an example for them to follow."

This is thought to be a portrait of VF by Tintoretto

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