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)