Quotation by Jane Rule

Charity is a cop-out so traditionally female in its apparent self-effacement that there seems resonant comfort in it. We're no longer supposed to serve the imaginations of men who have dominated us. We are to give up ourselves instead to those whose suffering is greater than our own. Looking down is just as distorting as looking up and as dangerous in perpetuating hierarchies.
Jane Rule (b. 1931), Canadian fiction writer and essayist; born in the U.S. A Hot-Eyed Moderate, part 1 (1985).
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