Quotations From CATHARINE MACKINNON

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  • 1.
    In a society in which equality is a fact, not merely a word, words of racial or sexual assault and humiliation will be nonsense syllables.
    Catharine MacKinnon, U.S. lawyer. Only Words, ch. 3 (1993).
  • 2.
    He's a pornographer's lawyer and I'm a lawyer for pornography's victims.
    Catharine MacKinnon (b. 1946), U.S. lawyer, legal scholar, feminist, and anti-pornography activist. As quoted in the Chronicle of Higher Education, p. A15 (April 7, 1993). Responding to charges by Harvard law professor Alan M. Dershowitz (b. 1938) that she "misuses social-science data and abuses methodology to achieve her political ends." Dershowitz was among the faculty members voting not to offer MacKinnon a tenured professorship at Harvard Law School, which she was later denied.
  • 3.
    In not having an appointment at Harvard, I'm in the company of a great many people whose work I admire tremendously, in particular women of color.
    Catharine MacKinnon (b. 1946), White American legal scholar, feminist, and anti-pornography activist. As quoted in the Chronicle of Higher Education, p. A15 (April 7, 1993). Responding to her failure to win a tenured professorship at Harvard Law School.

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