Even if one is neither vain nor self-obsessed, it is so extraordinary to be oneself – exactly oneself and no one else – and so unique, that it seems natural that one should also be unique for someone else.
Being on the fringes of the world is not the best place for someone who intends to re-create it: here again, to go beyond the given, one must be deeply rooted in it. Personal accomplishments are almost impossible in human categories collectively kept in an inferior situation.
And first of all this one: women’s entire history has been written by men. Just as in America there is no black problem but a white one, just as “anti-Semitism is not a Jewish problem, it’s our problem,” so the problem of woman has always been a problem of men.