„Each sex has a relation to madness. Every desire has a relation to madness. But it would seem that one desire has been taken as wisdom, moderation, truth, leaving to the other sex the weight of a madness that cannot be acknowledged or accommodated.“

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feminist, philosopher, linguist, psychoanalyst, sociologist… 1930

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