Barbara Ehrenreich

(1941 / Butte, Montana)

Barbara Ehrenreich Quotes

  • ''Personally, I can't see why it would be any less romantic to find a husband in a nice four-color catalogue than in the average downtown bar at happy hour.''
    Barbara Ehrenreich (b. 1941), U.S. author, columnist. First published in Mother Jones (1986). "Tales of the Man Shortage," The Worst Years of Our Lives (1991).
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  • ''My Turn is the distilled bathwater of Mrs. Reagan's life. It is for the most part sweetish, with a tart edge of rebuke, but disappointingly free of dirt or particulate matter of any kind.''
    Barbara Ehrenreich (b. 1941), U.S. author, columnist. First published in New Republic (1989). "The Bathtub Tapes," The Worst Years of Our Lives (1991).
  • ''Considering the absence of legal coercion, the surprising thing is that men have for so long, and, on the whole, so reliably, adhered to what we might call the "breadwinner ethic."''
    Barbara Ehrenreich (b. 1941), U.S. author, columnist. The Hearts of Men, ch. 1 (1983).
  • ''We who officially value freedom of speech above life itself seem to have nothing to talk about but the weather.''
    Barbara Ehrenreich (b. 1941), U.S. author, columnist. "The Moral Bypass," The Worst Years of Our Lives (first publ. 1985, 1991).
  • ''In fact, there is clear evidence of black intellectual superiority: in 1984, 92 percent of blacks voted to retire Ronald Reagan, compared to only 36 percent of whites.''
    Barbara Ehrenreich (b. 1941), U.S. author, columnist. "The Unbearable Being Of Whiteness," The Worst Years of Our Lives (first published 1988, repr. 1991).
  • ''Someone has to stand up for wimps.''
    Barbara Ehrenreich (b. 1941), U.S. author, columnist. First published in the New York Times (1985). The Worst Years of Our Lives, "Wimps," (1991).
  • ''A cynic might conclude that the real purpose of the $500 million-a-year implant business is the implantation of fat in the bellies and rumps of underemployed plastic surgeons.''
    Barbara Ehrenreich (b. 1941), U.S. author and feminist. Time magazine, p. 88 (February 17, 1992). In an article which satirically criticized breast implants in particular.
  • ''America is addicted to wars of distraction.''
    Barbara Ehrenreich (b. 1941), U.S. author, columnist. Times (London, April 22, 1991).
  • ''Like many other women, I could not understand why every man who changed a diaper has felt impelled, in recent years, to write a book about it.''
    Barbara Ehrenreich (b. 1941), U.S. author, columnist. repr. In The Worst Years of Our Lives (1991). "Wimps," New York Times (1985).

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