—“We oppose any political movement whose theories dare not cross the doorstep into private lives and whose members are revolutionaries in the street and sexists at home. For us, everything is political.”1
—“We want assisted reproductive technology, not kids.”2
—“There’s no other way to escape because there is no other territory, no other bank of the Mississippi, no Palestine or Liberia for women. The only thing to do is to stand on one’s own feet as an escapee, a fugitive slave, a lesbian.”3
—“Warning : Heterosexuality can be harmful to your health.” 4
—“As long as our needs have not been met, as long as society is based on exploitation, there’s only one solution : reappropriation.”5
—“Needs a good fuck, but by who ?”6
—“Men tend to speak up. Consequence : women shut up or admirer men.” 7
—“Bullshit unions, piss-poor political parties – we don’t want to wipe the butts of every workers’ struggle.” 8
—“We women, yesterday’s prisoners and future prisoners, we want you to know that your whole repressive arsenal and even your ultramodern prisons won’t be enough to shut us up.” 9
—“Women of all countries : embrace !” 10
—“Since doctors refused to listen to a woman, a bunch of us went together, and we won. This kind of active confrontation is more effective and creative than voting and waiting. All we have to do is unite our inventiveness, our humor and our marginalities !”11
—“When a feminist is accused of exaggerating, it’s because she’s on the right path.”12
—“Be demanding – become lesbians or at least learn to ignore the male gaze.” 13

An exhibition celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Geneva Women’s Liberation Movement organized by Rosa Brux, les Archives contestataires and Espace Femmes International (EFI), in collaboration with students in the HEAD-Genève

References

  1. Mouvement de libération des Femmes, December 1971
  2. The OuiOuiOu collective, 2013
  3. Monique Wittig, The Straight Mind, 1992
  4. Vanille-Fraise, leaflet of political lesbian group, 1972
  5. Lettre ouverte à G. Fontanet et à ses amis les flics, les juges, les députés, les patrons, les banquiers, Comité Nous sommes toutes en liberté provisoire, April 1977
  6. Rosangela Gramoni, interview , 2021
  7. Pourquoi pas d’homme au MLF, 1972
  8. Banner, May 1st march, 1972
  9. Lettre ouverte à G. Fontanet et à ses amis les flics, les juges, les députés, les patrons, les banquiers, Comité Nous sommes toutes en liberté provisoire, April 1977
  10. Leaflet, Hétéros : on est navrée de vous gêner !, Sapho s’en fout !, June 1972
  11. Pamphlet, Personnes ne décidera pour nous : Nos luttes sur l’avortement, auto-examen, Attaque contre les gynécos, 1977
  12. Christine Delphy, introduction to Andrea Dworkin, Souvenez-vous, résistez, ne cédez pas, 2017
  13. Alice Coffin, Le génie lesbien, 2020.