Quotes: Stay in the Kitchen

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When I went to school, I learned to write and how to read,
History, geography and home economy,
And typing is a skill that every girl is sure to need,
To while away the extra time until the time to breed,
And then they had the nerve to ask, "What would you like to be?"
I said, "I'm gonna be an engineer!

No, you only need to learn to be a lady,
The duty isn't yours, for to try and run the world,
An engineer could never have a baby,
Remember, dear, that you're a girl."
Peggy Seeger, Gonna Be An Engineer

The first time it was fathers, the last time it was sons,
And in between, your husbands marched away with drums and guns,
But you never stopped to question, you just went on with your lives,
Cos all they taught you who to be was mothers, daughters, wives,
And you believed them
Judy Small, Mothers, Daughters, Wives

"We make her paint her face and dance
If she won't be slave, we say that she don't love us
If she's real, we say she's trying to be a man
While putting her down we pretend that she is above us"
John Lennon, "Woman is the Nigger of the World"

Who must find a way to keep a proper home
A quiet home, a kosher home?
Who must raise the family and run that home
So Papa's free to read the holy books
The Mamanote , Tradition, Fiddler on the Roof

    comic strips 
Olive: Why are there no women running for president?
Popeye: Because they're too busy runnin' fer huskbands!
Popeye, "Olive Oyl for President"

These blithering women who thought they could do a man's work. Why the hell couldn't they stay at home and mind their pots and pans and stick to their frocks and gossip and leave men's work to the men.

Trinity: I'm coming too.
Neo: No, you're staying here.
Trinity: Excuse me? I am the captain of this ship. So if you don't want me to come with you, you can go to hell. Because you won't be going anywhere else.

    live-action tv 
Every time you go out, you get arrested or stabbed or betrothed. You should stay at home and do your embroidery!
Robin to Marian, BBC's Robin Hood

You know, youíd make a great nurse.
Cap. Archer to Subcommander (First Officer) T'Pol, Star Trek: Enterprise ("Twilight")

Margaret Schroeder: I come from a country where women already have the right to vote. In fact, in most civilized countries women are afforded that privilege.
Senator Edge: Well, in this country we're simply trying to protect women from the hard truths of life.
Margaret Schroeder: By denying them the right to take a meaningful part in it?

    video games 
Just a girl. Get out of here!
Ryu Hayabusa on meeting Irene Lew, Ninja Gaiden

Seliph: Lana, I want you to stay in town. We'll be heading east to the sandy basin to confront the enemy.
Lana: Sir, I'm not staying behind!
Seliph: I'm not going to let you get yourself killed out there. Nuns and warfare DO NOT MIX!!

Undue concern for women leads to contempt for them.

    western animation 
Kyle: Yeah, but that sucks, to get your butt kicked by a girl, Stan.
Cartman: I would never let a woman kick my ass. If she tried anything, I'd be like, "Hey, you get your bitch ass back in the kitchen, and make me some pie!"

This is the Association of World Super Men! You're little girls! We are the men! — the protectors, the hunters, the fighters and the show-offs, and the noise-makers! You are little girls. You should be at home with your mommy learning how to cook and clean and... blah-blah-blah-blah-blah-whatever-women-stuff. So leave the super heroics to the super men!
Major Glory, The Powerpuff Girls, "Members Only"

When Virginia Woolf wrote "every woman needs a room of one's own", she must have been talking about the kitchen!

Mega Man: Whoa, where do you think you're going?
Roll: With you!
Mega Man: Not a chance, fancypants! I don't need any girl robots getting in my way!
Roll: You mean you don't want a girl robot showing you up.
Mega Man: Forget it, Roll! It's too dangerous.
Mega Man cartoon

Your job is cleaning, cooking, shopping, laundry and anything else I can think of.
Eustace Bagge, Courage the Cowardly Dog

    web video 
Shut your mouth, pussycat! Farmi un macchiato, pronto!

Keeping with the tradition of only being relegated to horribly-trivial B-plots, Jill helps Shauni in her quest to drive out sub-standard beach concessions.
Allison Pregler on Baywatch, "Home Court"

Now, the elephant in the room. The thing that overshadows the actual game: Sonia Belmont. Legends acted as an origin story for the entire Castlevania series, and is probably best known for being retconned by Koji Igarashi when he was producing the also-underwhelming Lament of Innocence for the PS2... However, due to a poor translation (or possibly a poor choice of words), Igarashi added that another reason he removed Legends was because the idea of Sonia, a female vampire hunter, was too unrealistic and unbelievable for Castlevania fans because she was a woman. What about Sypha, Carrie and Maria? So much for having respect for the series. 'This game doesn't count! So does one-third of Dracula's Curse!' (This is the same man who would go on to produce the Castlevania fighting game, btw.)

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The last line of defense against the feminist dystopia we all know is coming if women are allowed to make YouTube videos in which they question the wisdom of going into battle wearing a chain-mail bikini.
Tabatha Southey, "A guide to the ideas and words of Gamergate"

There must be a vacant seat at the boardroom table of the Tee Hee, Whatís Feminism? Association, because during her interview with Sirius XMs The Morning Mashup, Lady Gaga said some stuff regarding the dynamic of her relationship with boyfriend Taylor Kinney that is sure to guarantee her a spot as either Vice President of Donít Ask Me Iím Just A Girl or Secretary of Wifey Needs Help Opening This Pickle Jar... Itís not good for relationships to tell men what to do? Who the fuck taught her about relationships, Tony Soprano? Or maybe this is just another creative way to sell copies of ARTPOP. 'Gaga, weíre thinking it might be a good idea to reach out to some previously ignored markets. What do you think about the submissive wives of Utah?
Michael K., "Lady Gaga Keeps Finding New Ways To Be Obnoxiously Frustrating"

An industrious young woman neglects to charge for her housekeeping services and is rightly exploited for her naÔvetť. She dies without ever having sought her own happiness as the highest moral aim. I did not finish watching this movie, finding it impossible to sympathize with the main character. óNo stars.''

John: Brenda solves problems with pluck and shopping and weaponized makeup.
Josh: Yes! Letís talk about how literally all of Brendaís badassery involves objects of traditional femininity.
John: Her villain is the super butch Soviet henchwoman... Henchwoman wears menís suits and chomps on cigars. Brenda is basically a Barbie doll.
The Toast, "We Watched Brenda Starr (1989)"

Thereís an alternate cut of the episode where Trip and Travis resolve their problem by building a tree house. TíPol spends the rest of the episode trying to guess the password.
Darren Mooney on Star Trek: Enterprise, "Strange New World"

This is the story where Sarah is so badly-written that she admits thinking gives her a headache.

All the WWE superstars surrounded the ring for that nightís Raw main event: a vote of confidence or no-confidence for Triple H! With a headlining match that incredible, youíd think a Senate finance committee meeting might break out at any minute...Beth Phoenix spoke for the Divas. What did the Glamazon, the second woman in history to enter the Royal Rumble against 29 men, have to complain about? The Divas were scared. 'Weíre girls,' said the four-time champion. Remember that the next time you hear the slogan, 'Smart, Sexy, and Powerful.'

Most of this game is amazing. You'll have shootouts with everyone from hill people to the Mexican army and if you're more than 10 feet from town, there is always a cougar behind you. However, if you take a mission from a woman, you can forget about all that fun. When you talk to a guy, he wants you to get on a gatling gun and kill buffalo rapists. When you talk to a girl, she wants you to play a rhythm action game to feed her pigs. A woman's idea of a mission is a scenic wagon ride or driving her fussy cattle out to pasture, and she will be nagging at you the whole goddamn time.


DC has a Wonder Woman problem. Or perhaps more accurately, Wonder Woman has a DC problem. The idea of Wonder Woman as a feminist icon is so imprinted in her history, and in analysis of the character, that separating her from feminism should be near impossible. But that hasnít stopped people trying.
Janelle Asselin, "The F-Word"

Roy Harper (the hero known at various times as Speedy, Arsenal, Red Arrow, and apparently Arsenal again) and Cheshire (an international terrorist and assassin who once destroyed an entire country) are fighting each other because their daughter died...her course of action as an assassin that once dropped nuclear weapons on the Middle East whose child was just murdered is to forget her defining abilities, meekly acquiesce to pity sex, and then reassure her lover that hey, this happens to a lot of guys whose arm-stumps have been infected with 'nanomites.'
Chris Sims on ''Justice League: The Rise of Arsenal'

Princesses Leia and Amidala are not simply damsels in distress in the Star Wars films, they are decision makers and figures of governmental authority. Amidala has several aspects of Isis in her character. But Lucas never seemed as interested in female characters (and not much interested in character in general).

If you look up 'rogue' in the dictionary you'll see that it's the polar opposite of how the character is depicted in the initial X-Men trilogy. Many fans viewed Rogue's decision to nullify her powers by taking The Cure in Ratner's X-Men 3 as a betrayal of her character, but her choice was actually completely in line with how Singer established her in his movies. Movie Rogue has absolutely no reason to be proud of the powers that brought her nothing but misery...The only time Rogue comes close to being as badass as her comic book counterpart is when she's suited up for promotional photos that don't reflect her usage in the movies. She's such a milquetoast that it felt overdue when her spot on the team was finally outsourced to former cameo queen Kitty "I'm nothing without Lockheed" Pryde...When Singer announced that Rogue's solitary DoFP scene had been cut for pacing issues, fan reaction was split between 'Yay! She sucked anyway!' and 'Yay! At least they can't ruin her anymore!'

Let's ask you the questions now. Why were you holding [Homura] back? Is it because she's a girl, and you're a knight in shining armor, obliged to save damsels?
Archer accusing Cloud of this trope (incorrectly), Our Avatars Are in a Room Together

    real life 
Remember, little girl, that one day you must be a German mother.

Man is, or should be, woman's protector and defender.... The paramount destiny and mission of woman are to fulfill the noble and benign offices of wife and mother. This is the law of the Creator.
Justice Bradley, United States Supreme Court, in Bradwell v. State of Illinois (1873)

Ladies, I have a mission for you on election day: cook! Sweet and exquisite things, please. Bring them to the polling station to be examined. The boldest can try making a tart, the most skilful, profiteroles.
— Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi

I spent most of Timelash tied to a pole. It was so small-minded. I have spoken to some of the other assistants and we all suffered from that problem. I found it incredible that Doctor Who has come so far and all they could find for me to do was tie me to a pole!
Nicola Bryant on Doctor Who, "Timelash"

Marina and I have always laughed about the fact that both of us can do fencing and that sort of thing. We're the ones who bash pots over warrior's heads, instead of doing karate or whatever.
Gates McFadden discussing her and co-star Marina Sirtis' tendency to play this role on Star Trek: The Next Generation

A lot of girl power ended up on the cutting room floor, unfortunately. I had a really awesome scene where I was fighting The Foot Clan, but I think they were like, 'Why would a tiny journalist be able to kick so much ass?' So that got cut.

As a reminder: the premise of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is that four anthropomorphic turtles, named for Renaissance artists, were trained in the arts of ninja fighting by an anthropomorphic rat. They battle aliens and mutant animals in the sewers of New York City. But, no, it just doesn't make sense that a small woman would be able to successfully beat a foe in hand-to-hand combat. JUST HOW FAR DO YOU EXPECT US TO SUSPEND OUR DISBELIEF?
Callie Beusman, Jezebel