Quotes and Sayings about Gender



"We have to have a way of dealing with this that engenders confidence, trust, gives us every chance of getting the right outcome and boosts both sustainability and economic return at the same time."
- John Anderson
(Related: Time, Trust, Chance, Confidence, Right)

"We allow our ignorance to prevail upon us and make us think we can survive alone, alone in patches, alone in groups, alone in races, even alone in genders."
- Maya Angelou
(Related: Ignorance)

"Gender equality is more than a goal in itself. It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance."
- Kofi Annan
(Related: Equality, Development, Goal, Building, Challenge, Gender, Gender equality, Meeting, Poverty)

"The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion or ethnic background, is that we all believe we are above-average drivers."
- Dave Barry
(Related: Religion, Age, Gender)

"I call the discourse of power any discourse that engenders blame, hence guilt, in its recipient."
- Roland Barthes
(Related: Power, Blame, Guilt)

"It's definitely part of it, that the men were having fun and doing the interesting things but also, I don't know, I'm just thinking more about gender and how maybe in some way I am more of a boy than a girl."
- Alison Bechdel
(Related: Men, Fun, Gender, Thinking)

"That's all true, but there was something else going on for me as a kid, something about my gender identity that I haven't figured out yet. And that's one of the things I'm hoping to dissect and investigate in this memoir project."
- Alison Bechdel
(Related: Gender, Identity, Project)

"If there's specific resistance to women making movies, I just choose to ignore that as an obstacle for two reasons: I can't change my gender, and I refuse to stop making movies."
- Kathryn Bigelow
(Related: Change, Movies, Women, Gender)

"Thirty years ago, in 1976, the notion of organized activity to combat discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity was an extremely controversial one."
- Robert Brady
(Related: Discrimination, Gender, Identity, Years)

"I see the effects of sexual and gender liberation all around me, just like you do, but I don't have a sense of being in the majority."
- Susie Bright
(Related: Being, Gender, Majority, Sense)

"Every year I teach dozens of students at the University of Birmingham. Most of the students on the gender and sexuality courses are women. I guess this is because the boys don't think that gender applies to them: that it's a subject for girls."
- Louise Brown
(Related: Women, Boys, Gender, Girls, Sexuality, Students, University)

"What is being called the UN 'gender architecture' is more like a shack. Women need a bigger global house if equality is ever to become a reality."
- Charlotte Bunch
(Related: Equality, Women, Architecture, Being, Reality)

"Sexual, racial, gender violence and other forms of discrimination and violence in a culture cannot be eliminated without changing culture."
- Charlotte Bunch
(Related: Culture, Discrimination, Gender, Violence)

"But let me tell you, this gender thing is history. You're looking at a guy who sat down with Margaret Thatcher across the table and talked about serious issues."
- George H. W. Bush
(Related: History, Gender)

"There is no original or primary gender a drag imitates, but gender is a kind of imitation for which there is no original."
- Judith Butler
(Related: Gender, Imitation)

"There is no gender identity behind the expressions of gender... identity is performatively constituted by the very 'expressions' that are said to be its results."
- Judith Butler
(Related: Gender, Identity, Results)

"I believe that the fact and the reality of homosexuality and heterosexuality and of opposite and same-gender unions should be taught in our public schools without a value judgement system also being offered."
- Ed Case
(Related: Being, Fact, Homosexuality, Public, Reality, Schools, Value)

"My own personal, moral, spiritual, religious, etc. beliefs don't oppose same-gender marriage."
- Ed Case
(Related: Marriage, Beliefs, Religious, Spiritual)

"Ah, well, do I wish that we lived in a world where gender didn't figure so prominently? Of course. Do I even think about myself as a woman when I go to make art? Of course not."
- Judy Chicago
(Related: Art, Gender, Woman, World)

"Revenge only engenders violence, not clarity and true peace. I think liberation must come from within."
- Sandra Cisneros
(Related: Peace, Clarity, Revenge, Violence)

"When a human being becomes so still that they begin to lose awareness of their gender, and they are simply looking into that abyss where there is no notion of self whatsoever, the world disappears. And that's really the only place to go. It's the only place to remain."
- Andrew Cohen
(Related: Awareness, Being, Gender, Self, World)

"Our true nature is free of any and all notions of gender, of any notions of difference whatsoever."
- Andrew Cohen
(Related: Nature, Difference, Gender)

"We have been very conditioned by the cultures that we come from and are usually very identified with the particular gender that we happen to be a member of."
- Andrew Cohen
(Related: Gender)

"Most men are very attached to the idea of being male, and usually experience a lot of fear and insecurity around the idea of being a man. Most women are very identified with their gender, and also experience a tremendous amount of fear and insecurity."
- Andrew Cohen
(Related: Experience, Men, Women, Idea, Fear, Being, Gender, Insecurity, Man)

"I'm suspicious of any man or woman who approaches their own liberation with any kind of gender bias."
- Andrew Cohen
(Related: Gender, Man, Woman)

"I'm not convinced that what are traditionally considered to be male energies or qualities or female energies or qualities really have as much to do with gender as many people think they do."
- Andrew Cohen
(Related: People, Gender)

"Purity engenders Wisdom, Passion avarice, and Ignorance folly, infatuation and darkness."
- Cyril Connolly
(Related: Wisdom, Darkness, Folly, Ignorance, Infatuation, Passion, Purity)

"Nature engenders the science of painting."
- Robert Delaunay
(Related: Nature, Science, Painting)

"Every American deserves to live in freedom, to have his or her privacy respected and a chance to go as far as their ability and effort will take them - regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or economic circumstances."
- Christopher Dodd
(Related: Ability, American, Chance, Circumstances, Effort, Freedom, Gender, Privacy, Race, Will)

"You think intercourse is a private act; it's not, it's a social act. Men are sexually predatory in life; and women are sexually manipulative. When two individuals come together and leave their gender outside the bedroom door, then they make love."
- Andrea Dworkin
(Related: Love, Men, Women, Life, Act, Gender)

"Remember and help America remember that the fellowship of human beings is more important than the fellowship of race and class and gender in a democratic society."
- Marian Wright Edelman
(Related: Society, America, Class, Gender, Help, Race)

"It was the experience of mystery - even if mixed with fear - that engendered religion."
- Albert Einstein
(Related: Experience, Religion, Fear, Mystery)

"Similarly, gender-equality, supremacy of law, political participation, civil society, and transparency are among the indispensable elements that are the imperatives of democratization."
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan
(Related: Society, Gender, Law, Participation)

"Man performs and engenders so much more than he can or should have to bear. That's how he finds that he can bear anything."
- William Faulkner
(Related: Man)

"That one can love another of the same gender, that is what the homophobe really cannot stand."
- Stephen Fry
(Related: Love, Gender)

"If there were genders to genres, fiction would be unquestionably feminine."
- William Gass
(Related: Fiction)

"Gender consciousness has become involved in almost every intellectual field: history, literature, science, anthropology. There's been an extraordinary advance."
- Clifford Geertz
(Related: History, Science, Anthropology, Consciousness, Gender, Literature)

"I do think the attempt to raise consciousness has succeeded. People are very aware of gender concerns now."
- Clifford Geertz
(Related: People, Consciousness, Gender, Now)

"Revolution is engendered by an indignation with tyranny, yet is itself pregnant with tyranny."
- William Godwin
(Related: Revolution, Tyranny)

"There are brilliant out lesbians and gay men and bisexuals and transgendered people and heterosexuals keeping the fire of change alive. Not a day goes by when I don't feel grateful to them for their work."
- Jasmine Guy
(Related: Change, Men, Work, People, Day, Fire, Gay)

"We are a model country where gender equality is concerned."
- Tarja Halonen
(Related: Equality, Country, Gender, Gender equality)

"I don't see gender as the most significant fact of human existence."
- Jim Harrison
(Related: Existence, Fact, Gender)

"We have a history of gender and racial bias on our court that continues to undermine the system. Excluding individuals based on race is antagonistic to the pursuit of justice."
- Anita Hill
(Related: History, Court, Gender, Justice, Pursuit, Race)

"If you think about the way the hearings were structured, the hearings were really about Thomas' race and my gender."
- Anita Hill
(Related: Gender, Race)

"But the issue of sexual harassment is not the end of it. There are other issues - political issues, gender issues - that people need to be educated about."
- Anita Hill
(Related: People, End, Gender)

"I'm the result of upbringing, class, race, gender, social prejudices, and economics. So I'm a victim again. A result."
- James Hillman
(Related: Class, Economics, Gender, Race, Result)

"I didn't want to be discriminated against because of my gender and status. I promised myself I was never going to be treated as a second-class citizen."
- Bianca Jagger
(Related: Gender, Want)

"There are still traces of discrimination against race and gender, but it's a lot different than when I started out. It just comes quietly, slowly, sometimes so quietly that you don't realize it until you start looking back."
- Eddie Bernice Johnson
(Related: Discrimination, Gender, Race)

"I just wish that every responsible and concerned person would step back regardless of race and gender and just take a closer look at what's really going on in the world today, and say enough is enough!"
- Lonnie Earl Johnson
(Related: Gender, Race, Today, World)

"Everyone has people in their lives that are gay, lesbian or transgender or bisexual. They may not want to admit it, but I guarantee they know somebody."
- Billie Jean King
(Related: People, Gay, Lesbian, May, Want)

"The way I approach the character isn't about being gay or straight. It's just about who you love. Gender has very little to do with it."
- Mia Kirshner
(Related: Love, Character, Being, Gay, Gender)

"Whatever the opposite of regret is best describes how I've always felt about that decision - it opened me up to a million creative opportunities I needed to experience away from the bull and distorting mirrors that fame engenders."
- David Knopfler
(Related: Experience, Decision, Fame, Regret)

"What's great is that because math is such a universal language, really, our fans come in all shapes and sizes, all ages and genders and races and backgrounds and cultures."
- David Krumholtz
(Related: Fans, Language)

"We must focus on people as people, regardless of race, creed, color or gender."
- Judge Mills Lane
(Related: People, Focus, Gender, Race)

"Allow the diversity to exist. There is nothing wrong with it. Hell, we put up with the religious right-we can put up with transgendered human beings."
- Jessica Lange
(Related: Diversity, Hell, Nothing, Religious, Right, Wrong)

"The pandemic of AIDS is a gender-based disease."
- Stephen Lewis
(Related: Disease, Gender)

"You know, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender - people are people."
- Judith Light
(Related: People, Gay, Lesbian)

"We were unusually brought up; there was no gender differentiation. I was never thought of as any less than my brother."
- Maya Lin
(Related: Brother, Thought, Gender)

"I don't want to sound pompous, but I really think your gender doesn't necessarily dominate your sexual activity."
- John Lone
(Related: Gender, Sound, Want)

"Do not ghettoize society by putting people into legal categories of gender, race, ethnicity, language, or other such characteristics."
- Preston Manning
(Related: Legal, Society, People, Gender, Language, Race)

"There are a lot of people who like to think they don't have prejudices and that they're open people, and yet, we all have that in ourselves, oftentimes against people of our own race or our own gender or whatever."
- Jim McKay
(Related: People, Gender, Open, Race)

"It is not white hair that engenders wisdom."
- Menander
(Related: Wisdom, Hair)

"And think of how we challenged the idea of a male dominated Parliament with All-Women shortlists and made the cause of gender equality central to our government. We were right to do so."
- Ed Miliband
(Related: Equality, Government, Idea, Cause, Gender, Gender equality, Parliament, Right)

"I don't think anyone should pick a candidate for any office based solely on gender. That would be, I believe, a mistake."
- Jim Nussle
(Related: Mistake, Gender, Office)

"Countries are either mothers or fathers, and engender the emotional bristle secretly reserved for either sire."
- Edna O'Brien
(Related: Countries, Fathers, Mothers)

"What everyone in the astronaut corps shares in common is not gender or ethnic background, but motivation, perseverance, and desire - the desire to participate in a voyage of discovery."
- Ellen Ochoa
(Related: Motivation, Perseverance, Desire, Discovery, Gender)

"The power I exert on the court depends on the power of my arguments, not on my gender."
- Sandra Day O'Connor
(Related: Power, Arguments, Court, Gender)

"Society as a whole benefits immeasurably from a climate in which all persons, regardless of race or gender, may have the opportunity to earn respect, responsibility, advancement and remuneration based on ability."
- Sandra Day O'Connor
(Related: Society, Opportunity, Ability, Benefits, Climate, Gender, May, Race, Respect, Responsibility)

"All the English speakers, or almost all, have difficulties with the gender of words."
- Bernard Pivot
(Related: Difficulties, English, Gender, Words)

"There isn't a theologian in the world who can argue with me on this. God has no gender. If that's the case, then everything needs to be rewritten now, right now."
- Susan Powter
(Related: God, Gender, Needs, Now, Right, World)

"At the beginning of each year, we have conceptual meetings. How are we going to challenge ourselves this year? So we suggested a transsexual or transgender. And to be honest, I am shocked they let us do it."
- Jai Rodriguez
(Related: Beginning, Challenge, Meetings)

"Also, I had read a book called She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders, written by a professor who had gone through transgender surgery, but it took this person well into his thirties to come to terms with the absolute necessity of having to do it."
- Mercedes Ruehl
(Related: Life, Necessity)

"I learned a lot more about transgender people. It's not a choice, but a physiological condition that has to do with the size of the hypothalamus part of the brain."
- Mercedes Ruehl
(Related: People, Choice)

"Nature chooses who will be transgender; individuals don't choose this."
- Mercedes Ruehl
(Related: Nature, Will)

"Test ideas in the marketplace. You learn from hearing a range of perspectives. Consultation helps engender the support decisions need to be successfully implemented."
- Donald Rumsfeld
(Related: Ideas, Decisions, Hearing, Support)

"Even though I don't agree with either Sarah Palin or Michele Bachmann on virtually anything, I do think the unique scrutiny - because of their gender and highlighting the potential conflict between them is a product of the media's desire for juicy storylines. I think it's inappropriate."
- Debbie Wasserman Schultz
(Related: Conflict, Desire, Gender, Media, Potential)

"So the tough questions that have been asked of Sarah Palin thus far just have been about the fact that she doesn't know anything and isn't ready to be vice president. That's fair game and it has nothing to do with her gender."
- Debbie Wasserman Schultz
(Related: Fact, Gender, Nothing, President, Questions, Vice)

"When I put the shot, it's feminine, because I'm female. Athletic motion doesn't have a gender."
- Maren Seidler
(Related: Gender)

"When the Nobel award came my way, it also gave me an opportunity to do something immediate and practical about my old obsessions, including literacy, basic health care and gender equity, aimed specifically at India and Bangladesh."
- Amartya Sen
(Related: Health, Opportunity, Care, Gender, Obsessions, Old)

"With the adoption of the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women, the international community sent out a clear message that gender based violence will not be tolerated."
- Jenny Shipley
(Related: Women, Adoption, Community, Gender, Violence, Will)

"I always enjoyed doing transgender songs."
- Patti Smith
(Related: Songs)

"As far as I'm concerned, being any gender is a drag."
- Patti Smith
(Related: Being, Gender)

"Hopefully, 21 years later, Judge Roberts possesses an openness with respect to issues of gender-based wage discrimination."
- Olympia Snowe
(Related: Discrimination, Gender, Respect, Wage, Years)

"Whether born from experience or inherent physiological or cultural differences our gender and national origins may and will make a difference in our judging."
- Sonia Sotomayor
(Related: Experience, Difference, Gender, May, Will)

"I want to state upfront, unequivocally and without doubt: I do not believe that any racial, ethnic or gender group has an advantage in sound judging. I do believe that every person has an equal opportunity to be a good and wise judge, regardless of their background or life experiences."
- Sonia Sotomayor
(Related: Life, Opportunity, Gender, Sound, State, Want)

"Capitalism knows only one color: that color is green; all else is necessarily subservient to it, hence, race, gender and ethnicity cannot be considered within it."
- Thomas Sowell
(Related: Capitalism, Gender, Race)

"There are not as many women who support the national defense budget now as men. I really think there is a gender gap in the support for the large expenditures that are necessary to modernize the force."
- Ted Stevens
(Related: Women, Defense, Force, Gender, Now, Support)

"Truth engenders hatred of truth. As soon as it appears, it is the enemy."
- Tertullian
(Related: Truth, Enemy, Hatred)

"The more chaos there is, the more science holds on to abstract systems of control, and the more chaos is engendered."
- William Irwin Thompson
(Related: Science, Control, Chaos)

"My idea here is that, inasmuch as certain cognitive tasks and principles are tied to nature's laws, these tasks and principles are indifferent to language, culture, gender, or the particular mode of information that is provided."
- Edward Tufte
(Related: Nature, Idea, Culture, Gender, Information, Language, Laws, Principles)

"American Idol transcends age, gender, ethnicity, everything."
- Carrie Underwood
(Related: Age, American, Gender)

"I don't think gender is aesthetically defining for me."
- Suzanne Vega
(Related: Gender)

"Distinctly American poetry is usually written in the context of one's geographic landscape, sometimes out of one's cultural myths, and often with reference to gender and race or ethnic origins."
- Diane Wakoski
(Related: Poetry, American, Gender, Myths, Race)

"I think we're struggling with trying to redefine various positions at this point in history. To allow freedom for women, freedom for men, freedom from those sharply defined gender roles."
- Fred Ward
(Related: History, Men, Women, Freedom, Gender, Trying)

"I appreciate the sentiment that I am a popular woman in computer gaming circles; but I prefer being thought of as a computer game designer rather than a woman computer game designer. I don't put myself into gender mode when designing a game."
- Roberta Williams
(Related: Thought, Being, Computer, Gender, Popular, Sentiment, Woman)

"Almost any biographer, if he respects facts, can give us much more than another fact to add to our collection. He can give us the creative fact; the fertile fact; the fact that suggests and engenders."
- Virginia Woolf
(Related: Fact, Facts)