Friday, October 16, 2020

Quotes From Ann Dally’s Women Under The Knife


“When people are desperate and their lives made intolerable, they will endure almost anything that offers even remote hope.” ~~ Ann Dally (Book: Women Under The Knife)  


“We have realized that technological advances are not sufficient to ensure moral and social progress, that science is often distorted in order to support authoritarian attitudes or popular prejudices, and that both can be used for destruction purposes that counter their purposes.” ~~Ann Dally (Book: Women Under The Knife) 


“Even more misleading is the belief that the chief interest of the medical profession is in curing patients, preventing diseases or helping people to be healthy. These are the aims of some individual doctors, but the profession as a whole has always existed for itself and for the benefit of those who run it.” ~~Ann Dally (Book: Women Under The Knife) 


“Even the idea of the ‘dedicated’ doctor is largely nineteenth century invention. In the eighteenth century the idea that doctors were selflessly committed to their patients scarcely existed. On the whole doctors were regarded, often correctly, as ignorant objects of ridicule, out to benefit only themselves.” ~~Ann Dally (Book: Women Under The Knife) 


“The medical profession and its development is probably best understood if it is assumed that doctors are no better or worse than other people and act in their own interests and in accordance with their personal fantasies and satisfaction, although these are not always apparent.” ~~Ann Dally (Book: Women Under The Knife) 


“Doctors probably even more than most other people, like to seem to act from motives of which society approves. Success and status may depend on seeming to be ‘dedicated’ even if this is but a thin disguise.” ~~Ann Dally (Book: Women Under The Knife) 


“Trying to exclude ‘quacks’ was always popular in the medical profession and still is. Although, there has never been public demand for their suppression, their existence gas always been threatening to ‘regular’ doctors, especially those whose chief interest is gaining and exerting power, for these are the keenest to protect their privileges.” ~~Ann Dally (Book: Women Under The Knife) 



“Most doctors have always found diagnosis and treatment more interesting than prevention and this is still the case. To keep their patients and acquire more, they had to be seen to be doing something, so active treatment became the vogue. Once its main dangers had been overcome through anesthetics, asepsis and efficient homeostasis and even before those achievements, surgery seemed to be the most likely source of new treatment and women were becoming ready for it.” ~~Ann Dally (Book: Women Under The Knife) 


“Science tends to grow from the established ideas and institutions of its age. during the ninetieth century different professional and educational groups of men united to ‘prove’ the inferiority of women, thus preventing them from sharing education or occupation with men and from competing with them. The strongest powers of science were invoked to keep women in their ‘place’ and to prevent them from being educated or becoming doctors. Scientific support was needed to bolster old beliefs about the inherent inferiority and weakness of women and about their moral purity.” ~~Ann Dally (Book: Women Under The Knife) 


“Increasingly, medicine and the medical profession became powerful with an essentially male power that, as it grew, depended increasingly on women for its patients and its ‘clinical material,’ just as the domestic base that supported successful men was also provided by women.” ~~Ann Dally (Book: Women Under The Knife) 


“The idea that women are sick simply because they are women had a long history, but it became prominent only during the ninetieth century.” ~~ Ann Dally (Book: Women Under The Knife) 


“New operations were invented and sought. As before, women were the first recipients of the new developments in the art or science of surgery. It was convenient that the submissive sex had organs inside the abdomen that were liable to give trouble – or were deemed to do so – and which now became relatively easy to reach, repair and remove.” ~~Ann Dally (Book: Women Under The Knife) 


“It is clear that the mutilation of women by surgery, carried out in the interest of conformity, was regarded by some as a fine thing to do.” ~~Ann Dally (Book: Women Under The Knife) 


“Amid the excitement of being able, at last, to operate on unconscious patients and to avoid most infections, many surgeons concentrated not so much on how women’s bodies or minds worked or even what satisfied or hurt their women patients, as on inventing new operations and learning how to perform them skill fully and safely. They showed no interest or concern in women’s health in general or in preventing the ‘diseases’ that they so eagerly sought to cure.” ~~Ann Dally (Book: Women Under The Knife) 


“What is outmoded tends to be omitted, regardless of whether it is disreputable or not.” ~~Ann Dally (Book: Women Under The Knife) 


“One of the most interesting mutilations in the early decades of anesthetics was clitoridectomy, the removal of the clitoris. The operation was an old one but now enjoyed a new vogue in both England and the United States.” ~~Ann Dally (Book: Women Under The Knife) 


“Modern gynecological textbooks do not mention clitoridectomy and many of them refer to the clitoris only in the anatomical descriptions. More surprisingly until one understands the process, many otherwise comprehensive history books do no mention it.” ~~Ann Dally (Book: Women Under The Knife) 


“Nevertheless, for many the clitoris was acquiring a new significance and was included, along with many minor gynecological conditions, in the increasing involvement of surgery in the idealization and control of women.” ~~Ann Dally (Book: Women Under The Knife) 


“Advances and improvements in medicine need critical appraisal but instead are often victims of enthusiasm and power struggles.” ~~Ann Dally (Book: Women Under The Knife) 


“Most histories describe the progress of gynecology like that of every other branch of medicine, as a steady march of progress for the benefit of patients and humanity. This is achieved by omitting to mention anything dubious in its history, such as the increase in the mutilating operations, the impressive extension of accepted indications for performing many other operations so that they conformed to the surgeons personal inclinations, and ‘orifical surgery.’” ~~Ann Dally (Book: Women Under The Knife) 


“The medical establishment does not tolerate much critic of either its present or past. Evidence of undesirable aspects of the medical past are often difficult to find and read, but it is impossible to eradicate or delete them from the records altogether.” ~~Ann Dally (Book: Women Under The Knife) 


“Unlike other professions, medicine has a tradition of female healers.” ~~Ann Dally (Book: Women Under The Knife) 


“Women were and still are, convinced that many gynecologists are arrogant, sexist and controlling and these attitudes profoundly influence the way they treat their patients. The women accuse the doctors of managing childbirth for their own convenience rather than for their patients, of creating pathological conditions which they then proceed to cure and of using their patients as pawns in their games of power.” ~~Ann Dally (Book: Women Under The Knife) 


“Increasingly, individual women, especially the growing number of feminists, criticize gynecologists and object to the arrogance and authoritarian attitudes of some.” ~~Ann Dally (Book: Women Under The Knife) 


“Technology supports authoritarianism and mechanistic medicine is concerned not with the health but with curing disease. Intervention is social intervention and control.” ~~Ann Dally (Book: Women Under The Knife) 


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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Quotes from Paulo Coelho The Witch of Portobello


“Everyone’s looking for the perfect teacher, but although their teachings might be divine, teachers are all too human, and that’s something people find hard to accept. Don’t confuse the teacher with the lesson, the ritual with the ecstasy, the transmitter of the symbol with the symbol itself.” ~~ Paulo Coelho (Book: The Witch of Portobello)


“No one can manipulate anyone else. In any relationship, both parties know what they’re doing, even if one of them complains later on that they were used.” ~~ Paulo Coelho (Book: The Witch of Portobello)


“You are what you believe yourself to be.” ~~ Paulo Coelho (Book: The Witch of Portobello)


 “People, who are on a spiritual quest, don’t think they simply want results. They want to feel powerful and superior to anonymous masses.” ~~ Paulo Coelho (Book: The Witch of Portobello)


 “Music isn’t just something that comforts or distracts us; it goes beyond that – it’s an ideology. You can judge people by the kind of music they listen to.” ~~ Paulo Coelho (Book: The Witch of Portobello)


“We were born and brought up with the maxim: Time is money. We know exactly what money is, but what does the word “time” mean? The day is made up of twenty-four hours and an infinite number of moments. We need to be aware of each of those moments and to make the most of them regardless of whether we’re busy doing something or merely contemplating life. If we slow down, everything lasts much longer.” ~~ Paulo Coelho (Book: The Witch of Portobello)


 “Loneliness gets stronger when we try to face it down, but gets weaker when we simply ignore it.” ~~ Paulo Coelho (Book: The Witch of Portobello)


“We all have an unknown ability, which will probably remain unknown forever. And yet that ability can become our ally. Since it’s impossible to measure that ability or give it an economic value, it’s never taken seriously.” ~~ Paulo Coelho (Book: The Witch of Portobello)


“The brush with which you are making these lines is just an instrument. It has no consciousness; it follows the desires of the person holding it. Writing reveals the personality.” ~~ Paulo Coelho (Book: The Witch of Portobello)

“Love, they tell me. But love doesn’t bring and never has brought happiness. On the contrary, it’s a constant state of anxiety, a battlefield; it’s sleepless nights, asking ourselves all the time if we’re doing the right thing. Real love is composed of ecstasy and agony.” ~~ Paulo Coelho (Book: The Witch of Portobello)


“Money brings happiness. Fine. In that case, everyone who earns enough to have a high standard of living would be able to stop work. But then they’re more troubled than ever, as if they were afraid of losing everything. Money won’t necessarily bring happiness.” ~~ Paulo Coelho (Book: The Witch of Portobello)

“People learn twenty-five per cent from their teacher, twenty-five per cent from listening to themselves, twenty-five per cent from their friends and twenty-five per cent from time.”
~~ Paulo Coelho (Book: The Witch of Portobello)

“Don’t be like those people who believe in “positive thinking” and tell themselves that they’re loved and strong and capable. You don’t need to do that, because you know it already.”
~~ Paulo Coelho (Book: The Witch of Portobello)

“Instead of trying to prove that you’re better than you think, just laugh. Laugh at your worries and insecurities. View your anxieties with humor. It will be difficult at first, but you’ll gradually get used to it.”
~~ Paulo Coelho (Book: The Witch of Portobello)

“But time, as well as healing all wounds, taught me something strange too: that it’s possible to love more than one person in a lifetime.” ~~ Paulo Coelho (Book: The Witch of Portobello)


“You can’t measure love the way you can the length of a road or the height of a building.” ~~ Paulo Coelho (Book: The Witch of Portobello)


“Things are never absolute; they depend on each individual’s perceptions.” ~~ Paulo Coelho (Book: The Witch of Portobello)


“Each of us contains something within us which is unknown, but which, when it surfaces, is capable of producing miracles.” ~~ Paulo Coelho (Book: The Witch of Portobello)


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Thursday, October 8, 2020

Quotes from Barkha Dutt’s This Unquiet Land



“A successful woman, especially one with a public profile, would be scrutinized in the most unsparing and quite often, unfair way.” ~~ Barkha Dutt (Book: This Unquiet Land)



“A journalist’s relationship with a source – any source – is always part-acting; you flatter to deceive and act friendlier than you feel in order to elicit the maximum information.” ~~ Barkha Dutt (Book: This Unquiet Land)



"Most worryingly, journalists, especially younger ones who are less used to being constantly judged by viewers – have begun to worry too much about being “liked” on Twitter, Facebook, often modulating what they say based on the sort of abuse they think they may have to face online." ~~ Barkha Dutt (Book: This Unquiet Land)



"Despite their ability to win elections, women in Indian politics are most definitely victims of misogyny. But in a perplexing paradox, as their response to the Nirbhaya protests showed, they are also guilty of behaving in ways that are worthy of criticism. Worse, administrations handled by women have shown no special sensitivity when it comes to handling incidents of sexual abuse and violence." ~~ Barkha Dutt (Book: This Unquiet Land)



"The country had a new rape law, but one that failed to recognize that for many women in India, the enemy was firmly inside the circle of trust. Neighbors, uncles, cousins, old family friends, even husbands were often perpetrators; the familial connection pushed the women deeper and deeper into awkward silence." ~~ Barkha Dutt (Book: This Unquiet Land)



"In a country where it is not uncommon for Hindi cinema to indulgently show a persistent suitor who never takes a no for an answer, courting and cajoling, even breaking into song whilst pulling at the heroine’s dupptta, the idea that a woman had the right to set her own boundaries of space and privacy was still an alien one." ~~ Barkha Dutt (Book: This Unquiet Land)



"The country’s culture of patriarchy has its origins, not in its Constitution, but in age-old religious tenets and traditions. What is one to make of a country that worships women but blesses new mothers with exhortation to give birth to a “hundred sons”?"~~ Barkha Dutt (Book: This Unquiet Land)



 “The superwoman tag is effectively a self-inflicted wound masquerading as a compliment. Indian men are not grappling with any of this; they are not agonizing over whether being a super-banker means they can never be a super dad.” ~~ Barkha Dutt (Book: This Unquiet Land)


“While Indian society remains puritanical and closed when it comes to talking openly about sex, portrays of women in popular culture is hyper-sexualized like never before.” ~~ Barkha Dutt (Book: This Unquiet Land)



“The sad truth about India is that sectarian tendencies always have the potential to turn into overtly terrorist actions. This is true of both Hindu & Muslim radicals.” ~~ Barkha Dutt (Book: This Unquiet Land)



“Playing politics with terror, no matter of what kind – home grown, external or Maoist – is exceptionally dangerous.” ~~ Barkha Dutt (Book: This Unquiet Land)



 “Rape survivors are stigmatized and shamed by a cultural mindset that seeks to transfer blame from perpetrators to victims. But when sexual abuse becomes a tool of mob violence, it is a different matter altogether.” ~~ Barkha Dutt (Book: This Unquiet Land)



“While the war for equality for Indian women will have to be waged on multiple fronts – legal, economic, political – the first conflict zone is the home, where even the best intentioned parents cossets their daughters and give their sons much greater freedom.” ~~ Barkha Dutt (Book: This Unquiet Land)



“The partition of India was a blood and cataclysmic upheaval and the largest forced migration of people in the world. Between 1 and 2 million people were killed and estimated 17 million were uprooted from their homes. The violent rupture proved impossible to heal.” ~~ Barkha Dutt (Book: This Unquiet Land)



“Terrorism and the debate around it, would always be tragically politicized in India.” ~~ Barkha Dutt (Book: This Unquiet Land)



“It is hard to see when things will get better. with two hostile countries, both nuclear powers, as neighbors – Pakistan in the north, China in the east – terror travels easily across the border.” ~~ Barkha Dutt (Book: This Unquiet Land)



“A child knows when her mother is using the crutch if untruth to somehow walk around the loss.” ~~ Barkha Dutt (Book: This Unquiet Land)



“In his lifetime Mahatma Gandhi deplored the politics that surrounded the cow and the cow slaughter. He wrote and spoke on the issue many times, but Gandhi’s efforts did not put an end to the polarization of the issue.” ~~ Barkha Dutt (Book: This Unquiet Land)



“Historically, the holy cow has long been an excuse for unholy, profane politics. But the expectation was that the mantra of an aspiration India – the economic dreams of a new generation – would have finally made the cow politics irrelevant.” ~~ Barkha Dutt (Book: This Unquiet Land)


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