Literary Birthday – 29 January – Robin Morgan

Happy Birthday, Robin Morgan, born 29 January 1941.


  1. Only she who attempts the absurd can achieve the impossible.
  2. When solutions are offered us by the people who originally brought us the problem, we do well to be suspicious.
  3. Clarity of language is the first casualty of authoritarianism.
  4. My white skin disgusts me. My passport disgusts me. They are the marks of an insufferable privilege bought at the price of others’ agony. If I could peel myself inside out I would be glad. If I could become part of the oppressed I would be free.
  5. Carry yourself as one who will change the world, because you will.
  6. The subtlest and most vicious aspect of women’s oppression is that we have been conditioned to believe we are not oppressed, blinded so as not to see our own condition.
  7. Women are not inherently passive or peaceful. We’re not inherently anything but human.
  8. In the long run, Women’s Liberation will of course free men-but in the short run it’s going to COST men a lot of privilege, which no one gives up willingly or easily.
  9. White males are the most responsible for the destruction of human life and environment on the planet today.
  10. Women are a colonised people.

Robin Morgan is an award-winning American poet, novelist, journalist, and best-selling author. She has published more than 20 books, including the novels Dry Your Smile and The Mer-Child: A Legend for Children and Other Adults, and the memoir, Saturday’s Child.

by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 29th January 2016