- Do women and men have different brains?
- My brain is much more female than it is male
- [yet] I have fought against efforts to put women — our brains, our hearts, our bodies, even our moods — into tidy boxes
- [against] buying into the notion that minor differences in male and female brains lead to major forks in the road and that some sort of gendered destiny is encoded in us
- the kind of nonsense that was used to repress women for centuries
- People who haven’t lived their whole lives as women ... shouldn’t get to define us
- something men have been doing for much too long
- trampling on [my dignity] as a woman
- Their truth is not my truth.
- Their female identities are not my female identity.
- They haven’t traveled through the world as women and been shaped by all that this entails.
- They haven’t suffered ... terrified ... had to cope ... humiliation ... fear
- being a woman means having accrued certain experiences
- Brains are in fact shaped by experience
- bound, even strangled, by gender stereotyping
- The struggle to move beyond such stereotypes is far from over
- undermining women’s identities, and silencing, erasing or renaming our experiences