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Quotations From JEAN BAKER MILLER

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  • 1.
    They [women] can use their abilities to support each other, even as they develop more effective and appropriate ways of dealing with power.... Women do not need to diminish other women ... [they] need the power to advance their own development, but they do not "need" the power to limit the development of others.
    Jean Baker Miller (20th century), U.S. psychiatrist. Toward a New Psychology of Women, ch. 10 (1976).

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    The question is still asked of women: "How do you propose to answer the need for child care?" That is an obvious attempt to structure conflict in the old terms. The questions are rather: "If we as a human community want children, how does the total society propose to provide for them?"
    Jean Baker Miller (20th century), U.S. psychiatrist. Toward a New Psychology of Women, ch. 11 (1976).

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    Practically everyone now bemoans Western man's sense of alienation, lack of community, and inability to find ways of organizing society for human ends. We have reached the end of the road that is built on the set of traits held out for male identity—advance at any cost, pay any price, drive out all competitors, and kill them if necessary.
    Jean Baker Miller (20th century), U.S. psychiatrist. Toward a New Psychology of Women, ch. 8 (1976).

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    Women will not advance except by joining together in cooperative action.... Unlike other groups, women do not need to set affiliation and strength in opposition one against the other. We can readily integrate the two, search for more and better ways to use affiliation to enhance strength—and strength to enhance affiliation.
    Jean Baker Miller (20th century), U.S. psychiatrist. Toward a New Psychology of Women, ch. 8 (1976).

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