Strangers’ faces hold no secrets because the imagination does not invest them with any. But the face of a lover is an unknown precisely because it is invested with so much of oneself. It is a mystery, containing like all mysteries, the possibility of torment.
— James Baldwin, Another Country
Worldwide, women between fifteen and forty-four are more likely to be injured or die from male violence than from traffic accidents, cancer, malaria, and the effects of war combined. This sustained brutality would be impossible without a culture that enables it: a value system in which women are currency, and sex is something that men get - or take - from them.
— "Trial By Twitter" by Ariel Levy, The New Yorker, August 5, 2013