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Jun. 2nd, 2011 | 10:13 am
posted by: secretrebel in feminism_lives

Having buried the hatchet with Theroux, VS Naipaul has turned his ire upon women writers. In an article in the Guardian today he is quoted as saying:

"I read a piece of writing and within a paragraph or two I know whether it is by a woman or not. I think [it is] unequal to me."

"And inevitably for a woman, she is not a complete master of a house, so that comes over in her writing too..."

"My publisher, who was so good as a taster and editor, when she became a writer, lo and behold, it was all this feminine tosh. I don't mean this in any unkind way."


What a delightful man.

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bookwormsarah

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from: bookwormsarah
date: Jun. 2nd, 2011 09:29 am (UTC)
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How charming.

"I don't mean this in any unkind way"

Ah, one of those phrases which mean the very opposite, like "I don't mean to be rude, but..." and "With very great respect..."

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Secret Rebel

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from: secretrebel
date: Jun. 2nd, 2011 09:33 am (UTC)
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Quite.

I don't mean this in an unkind way but all women are inferior to me.

It's not being unkind, it's a simple fact, you see. Nothing to get offended about.

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Becky

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from: beckyc
date: Jun. 2nd, 2011 09:48 am (UTC)
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With such a strong sense of self-importance, I wonder why they only stop at being superior to half* the population. Humility perhaps?

*approximately.

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Becky

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from: beckyc
date: Jun. 2nd, 2011 09:45 am (UTC)
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Ah, one of those phrases which mean the very opposite, like "I don't mean to be rude, but..." and "With very great respect..."

That's just what I was thinking.

Some days, I think that it's kind of handy to have such a big and obvious warning flag though. Makes it easy to go "Ah, I'm feeling kind of stressed today, I think I'll *not* read whatever it is they have to say". Or "I really need firing up with some anger ready to win this sporting match. I know, I'll read something they wrote"

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bookwormsarah

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from: bookwormsarah
date: Jun. 2nd, 2011 09:57 am (UTC)
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If I want to get angry I read Comment is Free... I'm usually spitting tacks by the end of the third comment.

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Becky

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from: beckyc
date: Jun. 2nd, 2011 10:24 am (UTC)
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*Nods*. Have your say is a bit like that too.

Oh, and Icon Love!

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The Lady (Marina)

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from: the0lady
date: Jun. 2nd, 2011 10:18 am (UTC)
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VS Naipul is a woman-beating shitbag. That he thinks people are beneath him whom he views as nothing but meat-based punch bags for his hatefulness comes as no surprise.

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Booklectic

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from: booklectic
date: Jun. 2nd, 2011 10:25 am (UTC)
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I just wrote a blog post about that (http://loveandzombies.co.uk/2011/06/sense-and-sentimentality).

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Booklectic

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from: booklectic
date: Jun. 2nd, 2011 01:47 pm (UTC)
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Thanks - please do!

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anthrokeight

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from: anthrokeight
date: Jun. 2nd, 2011 01:58 pm (UTC)
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That's terrific. I feel The Austen Measure could be useful for identifying Men Who Think Ladywriters Are Lesser in other situations. Sentimental? REALLY?

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Linz

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from: k425
date: Jun. 2nd, 2011 12:03 pm (UTC)
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I was impressed at how well-read he must be. I mean, he must have read everything written by women in order to have an opinion. How did he find time to write?

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bookwormsarah

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from: bookwormsarah
date: Jun. 2nd, 2011 12:20 pm (UTC)
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Ah but he doesn't have to read them all - just the first couple of paragraphs of each...

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The Redhead at the End of the Bar

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from: jilesa
date: Jun. 2nd, 2011 12:48 pm (UTC)
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Yeesh... what a waste of oxygen Mr. Naipaul is.

(For some reason, this makes me think of this study, in which the researchers were surprised to find that most children's literature features male characters. Personally, I want to know what rock they've been living under, because I think that's obvious on the level of "the sky is blue" obviousness. I'm really baffled by it when people are surprised to encounter sexism in the literary world, because it's So. Freaking. Obvious. to me.)

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glittertigger

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from: glittertigger
date: Jun. 2nd, 2011 10:35 pm (UTC)
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Wow, what a tosser.

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