Feminist Quotes

Is E=Mc² a sexed equation? Perhaps it is. Let us make the hypothesis that it is insofar as it privileges the speed of light over other speeds that are vitally necessary to us. What seems to me to indicate the possible sexed nature of the equation is not directly its uses by nuclear weapons, rather it is having privileged that which goes faster.

– Luce Irigaray, Parler n’est jamais neutre. Éditions de Minuit. 1987. p.110. (Quoted in and translated by Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont, Intellectual Impostures, London: Profile Books, 1998, p.100.)

The title of that journal means “talking is never neutral.” This is true. Talking is either intelligent or stupid, well-informed or ignorant, reasonable or insane, rational or irrational, constructive or destructive. Ms. Irigaray’s talking is of the latter option of each of these dichotomies.


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