Friday, December 5, 2008

Maleness


"The book's most pleasant surprise is her casual and unselfconscious repudiation of radical feminism as she watches a horse [at her farm]: 'Suddenly the maleness, the majesty of its maleness, opens itself to me and I love it, revere it. Remember in a burst how I have always loved it, maleness, men themselves, all things masculine. . . . I had forgotten, too, its place in things, its half of the universe. As if in the years of feminism and the need to square imbalance it had seemed necessary to negate what claimed too much for itself.'"

Florence King, reviewing The Loony Bin Trip by Kate Millett, in Chronicles, June 1990, page 44.