Not Exactly My Sentiments

People call me a feminist if I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat or a prostitute. – Rebecca West, 1913

Oh really? And what exactly are prostitutes supposed to say? What are they supposed to be like? Something like “Oh sir, I’ll do anything you want as long as you pay me enough”? Is that it? Or is it “Anyone can have me as long as they pay”? Or how about “I can’t control my nympho urges so I decided to profit from it”?

I understand doormat. I don’t understand how prostitute and doormat belong in the same sentence; nor how prostitutes are unrelated to feminists. If the women who enjoy senselessly repeating this quote said it in front of a prostitute, I imagine they’d get an education in feminism.

16 Responses

  1. or an education in smashed nasal cavities…

  2. I cut slack to West herself on account of that quote is nearly 100 years old.

    At this point, though, I’d like to think feminists are a little more sophisticated.

  3. …I expect that it’s not meant so much to connote that “doormat”=”prostitute” so much as those are the only two options (virgin/housewife and whore/”fallen woman,” respectively). shrug.

  4. Feminists these days aren’t much more sophisticated, sadly. And there are plenty of women who still like to repeat this quote, thinking it somehow makes them look smart.

    Although I have no idea what Ms. West really meant, I hate to think that doormat=virgin/housewife (I didn’t think I implied doormat=prostitute), but perhaps that’s what she was really referring to. If so, we still haven’t progressed that far.

    XX

  5. what work of hers is that quote from? is it look-up-able in a library somewhere?

  6. First of all, that quote is inaccurate. It is a rip off of a quote by Dorthy Parker.

    But secondly, how is it wrong? Are prostitutes not people who will lay down for money? Hence, like a doormat?

  7. As far as I’ve seen in books and online, the quote is attributed to Rebecca West. She was a feminist at the time and Dorothy Parker was just a wit. But since I wasn’t there, I guess I can’t know for sure.

    Yes, all prostitutes do is lay down for money. Lots and lots of money. My god, you know so much about prostitutes! It’s like you’ve been one yourself! Such an accurate job description!

    And, of course, prostitutes are the only people in the world who work for money. Everyone else just lives off the ether. No one ever feels they’re selling themselves for a paycheck.

    Those poor, stupid, doormat prostitutes.

  8. Yes, I know who Rebecca West was. However, the quote is well documented as being from Dorothy Parker.

    Dorothy Parker also came up with this one…I guess we’ll see how many of you have a sense of humor…

    “You can lead a horticulture but you can’t make her think.” – Dorothy Parker

  9. And Dorothy Parker was even more of an expert on whores than you.

    Since I can’t think, we can’t have a dialogue. Good-bye.

  10. to jaxon,

    doesn’t a wife get paid in a roof over her head, for sex? the difference between wife and prostitute is the later doesn’t have to wash his dirty underwear, cook his dinner, or clean his messes, and watch his kids while he goes off to pay a prostitute. yeah one can look at it any way one wants

  11. You, sir, are no Dorothy Parker.

    “tonstant bwogweader fwowed up.”

  12. btw, speaking of feminism, i don’t know if any of y’all would be interested in this thread:

    http://www.feministe.us/blog/archives/2007/06/14/how-a-post-about-iran-punishing-porn-prompted-an-epiphany/

  13. I see things are going downhill rapidly around here.

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