"Of course, the ultimate moment of being Female in Public comes when a woman, deep in thought, is told by a strange man to SMILE. (And this happens only to women.) Gentlemen, let’s get this straight. There is no part of my body that belongs to you, not even my facial expression. Stop trying to stake out territory there, whether by legislation or verbal imperative. Plus, it never produces the desired effect."
"Es un delito nacer mujer -exclama María Izquierdo en sus memorias-. Es un delito aún mayor ser mujer y tener talento."
"How to Be a Chingona in 10 Easy Steps
1. Live for your own approval. Center yourself. Be alone. Create your own space.
2. Discover your own powers. What floods you with joy?
3. Find true humility and practice it.
4. Keep your palabra, your word.
5. What are you using to cover or mask your pain? Address it.
6. Your only true possessions are your actions.
7. Seek forgiveness.
8. Live in the present moment.
9. Depression has a purpose if you use it before it uses you. Transform it to light. Compost it through art. If you can’t do it by yourself, see a professional curandera (healer, therapist).
10. Listen to your body."
"Denying women vision and voices also denies them power."
Griselda Pollock, from “Women, Art, and Ideology: Questions for Feminist Art Historians” (via aleimina
"It’s a crime to be born a woman, but it’s an even greater crime to be a woman and to have talent."
Maria Izquierdo, in her memoirs. (via aleimina