“Every woman is supposed to have the same set of motives or else to be a monster.

–George Eliot, Middlemarch (1872)

“The woman who is violent announces not only that things are intolerable…

She also announces that we are not who they say we are.

–Carol Ann Douglas, Love and Politics: Radical Feminist and Lesbian Theories

Murderess, murderess,” he whispers to himself.

“It has an allure, a scent almost. Hothouse gardenias. Lurid but also furtive.

–Margaret Atwood Alias Grace (1996)