It is the modern Proteus.—It is the hydra with innumerable heads.—You fall upon the communists!—Socialism rises up behind you in another form.—Socialism is the crucible into which all those touched by misery inevitably fall, one by one.—Socialism, which a few years ago was the meeting of several systems, is today a militant army, peaceful in its spirit, but marching with the blind force of the providential legions, which have at all times led the people towards their new destinies! — Désirée Gay
As women and as Christians, we embrace with all our hearts the opinions expressed by M. Proudhon, against the system of Malthus; we have seen, not without pain, over the last few years, Miss Martineau and several intelligent women of England, declare themselves partisans of a doctrine that simple and honest spirits reject as immoral and anti-religious. — Désirée Gay
For those who know even the outlines of the subsequent battles, this phrase—"As women and as Christians, we embrace with all our hearts the opinions expressed by M. Proudhon..."—is as priceless as it is perhaps unexpected. But the truth is that socialist feminists were among Proudhon's most ardent defenders early on, and remained active on the practical side of mutualism long after his death.