Nawal El Saadawi

Egyptian feminist writer, activist, physician, and psychiatrist

“Mother of Egypt’s Revolution”

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“Interviewer: What would you say to a woman in this country who assumes she is no longer oppressed, who believes women’s liberation has been achieved?

El Saadawi: Well I would think she is blind. Like many people who are blind to gender problems, to class problems, to international problems. She’s blind to what’s happening to her. ”

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“Yet not for a single moment did I have any doubts about my own integrity and honor as a woman. I knew that my profession had been invented by men, and that men were in control of both our worlds, the one on earth, and the one in heaven. That men force women to sell their bodies at a price, and that the lowest paid body is that of a wife. All women are prostitutes of one kind or another.”

“All the men I did get to know, every single man of them, has filled me with but one desire: to lift my hand and bring it smashing down on his face.”

“I have triumphed over both life and death because I no longer desire to live, nor do I any longer fear to die.”

“My skin is soft, but my heart is cruel, and my bite is deadly.”