“… for why was Miss West an arrant feminist for making a possibly true if uncomplimentary statement about the other sex? — [it] was not merely the cry of a wounded vanity; it was a protest against some infringement of his [all men’s] power to believe in himself. Women have served all these centuries as looking-glasses possessing the magic and delicious power of reflecting the figure of man at twice its natural size. Without that power probably the Earth would still be swamp and jungle. … And it serves to explain how restless they are under her criticism; how impossible it is for her to say to them this book is bad … without giving far more pain and rousing far more anger than a man would do who gave the same criticism. For if she begins to tell the truth, the figure in the looking-glass shrinks; his fitness for life is diminished.” A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf (via highjinks)
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