Practically everyone now bemoans Western man's sense of alienation, lack of community, and inability to find ways of organizing so ciety for human ends. We have reached the end of the road that is built on the set of traits held out for male identity--advance at any cost, pay any price, drive out all competitors, and kill them if necessary.

Jean Baker Miller community alienation men

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The question is still asked of women: "How do you propose to answer the need for child care?" That is an obvious attempt to struct ure conflict in the old terms. The questions are rather: "If we as a human community want children, how does the total society propose to provide for them?"

Jean Baker Miller childcare women children

They [women] can use their abilities to support each other, even as they develop more effective and appropriate ways of dealing wi th power.... Women do not need to diminish other women ... [they] need the power to advance their own development, but they do not "need" the power to limit the development of others.

Jean Baker Miller women and women's work choices relationships power

Some of the things ... sound like things our grandmothers would have told us: "Men will be boys. We let them play their little gam es with each other. We know it isn't about the important things, but they think so. So we let them. We take care of them so that they can go on playing...." What grandma did not tell us is that men are capable of something altogether different.... But even though men are untapped wells of potential, they will not move forward if women continue to subsidize the status quo.

Jean Baker Miller social problems: sexism men women

All of the valuable qualities ... like helping in the development of others--will not get you to the top at General Motors, were t hat path open to women.... The characteristics most highly developed in women and perhaps most essential to human beings are the very characteristics that are specifically dysfunctional for success in the world as it is.... They may, however, be the important ones for making the world different.

Jean Baker Miller work and family life: corporate response to women abilities

Women will not advance except by joining together in cooperative action.... Unlike other groups, women do not need to set affiliat ion and strength in opposition one against the other. We can readily integrate the two, search for more and better ways to use affiliation to enhance strength--and strength to enhance affiliation.

Jean Baker Miller women and women's work choices relationships