Quotation by Ursula K. Le Guin

Virginity is now a mere preamble or waiting room to be got out of as soon as possible; it is without significance. Old age is similarly a waiting room, where you go after life's over and wait for cancer or a stroke. The years before and after the menstrual years are vestigial: the only meaningful condition left to women is that of fruitfulness.
Ursula K. Le Guin (b. 1929), U.S. author. repr. In Dancing at the Edge of the World (1989). "The Space Crone," The Co-Evolution Quarterly (Summer 1976).
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