Half the world is feminine—

Half the world is feminine—why is there [still] resentment at female-oriented art?

No one asked The Tale of Genji to be masculine!

Women certainly learn a lot from books oriented toward a masculine world. Why is it not the reverse also true?

Or are men so afraid of women’s creativity (because they are not themselves at the center of creation, cannot bear children) that a woman writer of genius evokes murderous rage, must be brushed aside with a sneer as “irrelevant”?

May Sarton on Virginia Woolf
(Extract from Journal of a Solitude, W.W. Norton & Co. 1973)

About emanita01

I am a Franco-american woman who hails from Massachusetts. I live in France near the Swiss border, only minutes away from Geneva. I am a Social Entrepreneur in the making, a Gospel singer, Actrice, Stand-up Comic & member of an Improvisational Theater troupe. I am also gravitating towards writing a book or two, a couple of plays and a one-woman show.
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4 Responses to Half the world is feminine—

  1. Speaking as a “manly man” 🙂 (and a Pirate to boot), I can say that not all men think like that. Sadly though, there are enough of them who do, to make the bell curve prove your point quite succinctly. Men too often dress themselves in the ideal of what, as a boy, they learned men should be, than wear the raiment that best suits their heart and soul. Men who can bare their soul freely and speak honestly about what they think and feel are rare, truly, but we mean well.

    • emanita01 says:

      Hey RoughWaterJohn, thanks for speaking as a “manly man” 😉

      From what you’ve written, I can see you mean well.
      I’m really glad YOU exist 🙂 🙂

    • emanita01 says:

      PS: In my opinion, there may not be a lot of men like you, I mean you did write …and Pirate to boot…
      Would that be meant to say you sail the seas and think freely?

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