In Defense of Women

Autor H. L. Mencken
en Limba Engleză Paperback – iul 2009
He was one of the most influential American writers of the 20th century, but like most men of his time, he was never more clueless about women than when he believed himself most enlightened about them. American satirist and cultural critic HENRY LOUIS MENCKEN (1880-1956) "clarified" his many contradictory ideas about women-espoused over a long career as a journalist-in this controversial 1918 treatise on the relationship between the genders that even some contemporary critics saw as misogynist.Today, we may generously deem Mencken's ideas on women ironic, but an honest 21st-century reading will find them demeaning, if entertainingly so. This very modern man declares women more intelligent but less civilized than men, and pretends to insult men as a way to elevate women, which does nothing but place women in the very spot today's feminists rankle to be in: on a pedestal.In the end, Mencken reveals his preferred woman: intelligent enough to amuse him, but not so intelligent that she's frustrated by being reduced to such an undignified role. From the supposed end of marriage to "woman suffrage" (the author was not a fan), this is a work that is both essential reading for anyone wishing to understand the mind of Mencken and an important supplementary text of feminist history...if only as a demonstration of a contrary position.
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ISBN-13: 9781605206103
ISBN-10: 1605206105
Pagini: 228
Dimensiuni: 152 x 229 x 13 mm
Greutate: 0.34 kg

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H. L. Mencken was an American journalist, essayist, satirist, cultural critic, and expert on American English. He lived from September 12, 1880, until January 29, 1956. He made extensive observations about the social scene, literature, music, well-known politicians, and modern movements. He also attracted notice for his parody reporting on the Scopes Trial, which he nicknamed the "Monkey Trial". Mencken is renowned as a scholar for his work on The American Language, a multi-volume examination of American English dialects. He was a vocal opponent of representative democracy, which he saw as a system in which weaker individuals ruled their superiors, and organized religion. He was a fan of the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. Mencken opposed osteopathy and chiropractic while supporting scientific advancement. He openly criticized economics as well. For six years, Mencken worked as a reporter for the Herald. The newspaper was bought in June 1906, less than two and a half years after the Great Baltimore Fire, by Gen. Felix Agnus, the rival owner, and publisher of The Baltimore American, the town's oldest (since 1773) and largest daily, and Charles H. Grasty, the owner, and editor of The News since 1892.