Jon Noble jon_p_noble at yahoo.com
Mon Mar 15 19:05:05 EST 2004

Just tried the same search, had three doormat ads down
the right, fairly unobtrusive. I thought that another
quote from her on the first site was quite appropriate
for the Bujold discussion here;

"God forbid that any book should be banned. The
practice is as indefensible as infanticide."

while I particularly liked this one;

"Did St. Francis preach to the birds? Whatever for? If
he really liked birds he would have done better to
preach to the cats."

I also noted from the Google search that the last two
words of the feminist quote ("or prostitute") are
often omitted.


--- HSchinske at aol.com wrote:
> In a message dated 3/15/2004 1:02:46 PM Pacific
> Standard Time, 
> owner-dwj-digest at suberic.net writes:
> > >I wonder if anyone considers me clearly not a
> feminist. It's entirely 
> > >possible, I suppose. It would be quite amusing if
> they did, really.
> > 
> > I have ALWAYS thought of you as a feminist.  Well.
>  As far as I think in
> > those terms, anyway.  :)  For all that I don't use
> the word to describe
> > myself, it sure ticks me off if somebody thinks
> I'm *not* a feminist.
> > 
> > Melissa Proffitt
> > 
> This made me laugh extremely! In return, I was
> trying to find that quotation 
> from Rebecca West ("I have never been able to find
> out precisely what feminism 
> is; I only know that people call me a feminist
> whenever I express sentiments 
> that differentiate me from a doormat or a
> prostitute"), and when I Googled for 
> ["rebecca west" feminist doormat], I found myself
> being offered a number of 
> commercial links (you know, not the actual search
> results, but the things down 
> the right side of the results screen) headlined
> "Doormats With Style," 
> "Looking for a Doormat?" "Doormat Prices," "Heavy
> Duty Doormats," etc.
> Helen Schinske

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