Quotations From ANN OAKLEY


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  • Housework is work directly opposed to the possibility of human self-actualization.
    Ann Oakley (b. 1944), British sociologist, author. Woman's Work: The Housewife, Past and Present, ch. 9 (1974).

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  • Clearly, society has a tremendous stake in insisting on a woman's natural fitness for the career of mother: the alternatives are all too expensive.
    Ann Oakley (b. 1944), British sociologist, author. Woman's Work: The Housewife, Past and Present, ch. 8 (1974).

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  • Families are nothing other than the idolatry of duty.
    Ann Oakley (b. 1944), British sociologist, author. "The War Between Love and the Family II," Taking It Like a Woman (1984).
  • There are always women who will take men on their own terms. If I were a man I wouldn't bother to change while there are women like that around.
    Ann Oakley (b. 1944), British sociologist, author. quoted in Observer (London, Oct. 27, 1991).

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  • If love ... means that one person absorbs the other, then no real relationship exists any more. Love evaporates; there is nothing left to love. The integrity of self is gone.
    Ann Oakley (b. 1944), British sociologist, author. "Love: Irresolution," Taking It Like a Woman (1984).

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