... in a capitalist society a man is expected to be an aggressive, uncompromising, factual, lusty, intelligent provider of goods, and the woman, a retiring, gracious, emotional, intuitive, attractive consumer of goods.
Toni Cade (b. 1939), African American author and political activist. The Black Woman, ch. 15 (1970).
Excerpted from "The Scattered Sopranoes," an autobiographical essay delivered as a lecture to the Livingston College Black Woman's Seminar in December 1969. Cade would become well known for her fiction, written under the name Toni Cade Bambara.