paula-cohen

I shall speak about women’s writing: about what it will do. Woman must write her self: must write about women and bring women to writing, from which they have been driven away as violently as from their bodies—for the same reasons, by the same law, with the same fatal goal. Woman must put herself into the text—as into the world and into history—by her own movement.
—  Hélène Cixous, The Laugh of the Medusa (tr. by Paula and Keith Cohen)
We’ve been turned away from our bodies, shamefully taught to ignore them, to strike them with that stupid sexual modesty; we’ve been made victims of the old fool’s game: each one will love the other sex. I’ll give you your body and you’ll give me mine. But who are the men who will give women the body that women blindly yield to them?
—  Hélène Cixous, The Laugh of the Medusa (tr. by Paula and Keith Cohen)