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  1. A lot of women these days, a lot of young women don’t want to call themselves feminists. You have this cheap, hideous ‘girl power’ sort of fad, which I think is pretty benign at best, but at worst, I think it’s a way of taking the politics out of feminism and making it some kind of fashion.
  2. All of youth culture is packaged and sold back to us at this furious rate these days. I think it’s part and parcel to this corporate encroachment on our lives in general.
  3. Any tool is a weapon if you hold it right.
  4. Art is why I get up in the morning but my definition ends there. You know I don’t think its fair that I’m living for something I can’t even define.
  5. Art may imitate life, but life imitates TV.
  6. Before Katrina, you didn’t see criticism of the Bush administration in the media. Here they are, stealing elections, enacting illegal wars, huge crimes against humanity and democracy, and you didn’t even see criticism. It wasn’t until Katrina that people started to come down on them.
  7. Being a parent has taught me a lot of things already, you know, though it’s only been a year and half, and has made me address parts of myself that I would otherwise live in comfortable denial of, or you know and – you know, for instance, my self-loathing.
  8. Either you are a feminist or you are a sexist/misogynist. There is no box marked ‘other.’
  9. Feminism is not only for women It’s something everyone can participate in, and evolve together, as the first step in the right direction. I see feminism as a tool to achieve that balance and peace.
  10. For me, the stronger ground I have in my personal life, then the more will I have to fight the good fight.
  11. God forbid you be an ugly girl, ‘course too pretty is also your doom, ’cause everyone harbors a secret hatred for the prettiest girl in the room.
  12. Having more exposure is kind of a bittersweet thing for me, honestly, because it’s nice to have a little more job security in life now.
  13. I basically get stereotyped a lot in terms of being a girl and writing ‘chick’ music for teenage girls or something. I think, if anything, the press kind of, because of my gender and my age, tends to kind of relegate my work to this sort of special-interest group. It’s part of the cultural dynamic, I guess.
  14. I did a lot of work with myself over the course of being pregnant and the first few months of being pregnant. It’s nice, the pace of being pregnant; it gives you a long time to not just germinate a baby but germinate the mother that you’re gonna be.
  15. I do believe that music has an intense power to connect us together, to inspire us to become ourselves.
  16. I don’t care if they eat me alive, I’ve got better things to do then survive.
  17. I don’t hate being compared with female musicians. I don’t mind that at all. I have no problem with seeing connections between women’s work.
  18. I don’t know if there are artists out there who love their own records. I haven’t met any, and I’m kind of extreme in the other direction, but therein lies the impetus to keep working and keep making new songs and new records.
  19. I had a little bit of resistance to the idea of taking energy away from my work, and the baby comes along and, lo and behold, that’s exactly what happens.
  20. I hate it when people don’t recognize the work of women as being universal, or having any import to the world at large, as opposed to men’s work, which is generally tends to be seen as more universal – men’s writing about their own experience tends to be put in a broader context.
  21. I have something to prove, as long as I know there’s something that needs improvement, and you know that everytime I move, I make a woman’s movement.
  22. I know there is strength in the differences between us. I know there is comfort where we overlap.
  23. I really have been enjoying performing more lately than I have in a long time and you know, it’s all about that sort of centered feeling that I have now. You know, thanks to, not just my kid, but her father before her. You know, I have a kind of a grounding through them that I really relish, and I think is also good for my work, you know.
  24. I see a lot of connections between folk and punk music just because they’re both subcorporate music – I mean, traditionally.
  25. I seriously hate pop music and all things super-commercial.
  26. I think I’m a very solitary person. To actually not be anonymous is a bit claustrophobic for me.
  27. I think the gay community should get smart and drop the word ‘marriage.’ Do you really need to change every right-wing Christian to make sure you get your equal rights? Eyes on the prize, we should be sticking to getting equal rights.
  28. I was attracted to a lot of different art forms – dancing, painting. But there’s something about music that people hold so close. It’s such a powerful art form, and that’s why I live for it.
  29. I was blessed with a birth and a death, and I guess I just want some say in between.
  30. I’d rather be able to face myself in the bathroom mirror than be rich and famous.
  31. I’m a little hibernating animal. Anonymity is one of my favorite things. I mean, that’s why I moved to New York when I was like 18, because there, there are just so many people that there’s no one and you’re just lost. You’re completely invisible and I find that very liberating.
  32. I’m not one of those people who has an act.
  33. I’m searching, as we all are, for ways to feel good about myself. Certainly, looking in the mirror doesn’t do it!
  34. I’ve been a long time coming, and I’ll be a long time gone. You’ve got your whole life to do something, and that’s not very long.
  35. I’ve been collecting some more high-end guitars. I have an old Martin D28 from the ’60s, a beautiful, classic Martin that I know I played on ‘Mariachi.’
  36. I’ve been saying the Occupy Movement has got the ball rolling, and now we need to take the fight to the great indoors!
  37. I’ve been trying to learn how to not be so conflicted about things like my own anger. I’ve always had a place in my music for my anger as a way of compensating for not having a mechanism to express it in my everyday life. So I’ve been trying to be more true to myself, and that helps me to chill out a little bit. But politically, uh-uh. No.
  38. I’ve never had a very closely connected family. My parents split up when I was young and I was living with my mom for a little while, then I was kind of just on my own really young. It wasn’t some kind of global tragedy, it was just never really a very close-knit family. So there was support in the sense that they didn’t stand in my way.
  39. If I’m gonna go down I’m gonna do it with style. You won’t hear me surrender, you won’t hear me confess cause you’ve left me with nothing but I have worked with less.
  40. If you like it, let it be, and if you don’t please do the same.
  41. In order to keep anything cultural, logical, or ideological, you have to reinvent the reality of it.
  42. It can be very frustrating and very deflating to be constantly defined and described by other people, so I’ve stopped reading anything written about me, and I find it much healthier. I just sort of concentrate on what I do and don’t worry too much about that.
  43. It seems that different people have an idea of what I am, and what I should be. And then there’s me.
  44. It’s great being your own boss, but then, you know, you make your own mistakes, you know, and you own them. You know, so it’s empowering, and it’s also humbling along the way.
  45. Just let me go, we have to be able to criticize what we love, to say what we have to say ’cause if you’re not trying to make something better, then as far as I can tell, you are just in the way.
  46. Love is a piano dropped from a fourth story window, and you were in the wrong place at the wrong time.
  47. Maybe you don’t like your job, maybe you didn’t get enough sleep, well nobody likes their job, nobody got enough sleep. Maybe you just had the worst day of your life, but you know, there’s no escape, there’s no excuse, so just suck up and be nice.
  48. Men make angry music and it’s called rock-and-roll; women include anger in their vocabulary and suddenly they’re angry and militant.
  49. Music has as many roles as people make it.
  50. My idea of feminism is self-determination, and it’s very open-ended: every woman has the right to become herself, and do whatever she needs to do.