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  • Bob M.
    Someone took a youth to a sage and said: Look, he is being corrupted by women. The sage shook his head and smiled. It is men, said he, that corrupt women;
    Message 1 of 2 , Apr 5, 2007
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      Someone took a youth to a sage and said: "Look, he is
      being corrupted by women."

      The sage shook his head and smiled. "It is men," said
      he, "that corrupt women; and all the failings of women
      should be atoned and improved in men. For it is man
      who creates for himself the image of woman, and woman
      forms herself according to this image."

      "You are too kindhearted about women," said one of
      those present; "you do not know them."

      The sage replied: "Will is the manner of men;
      willingness that of women. That is the law of the
      sexes - truly, a hard law for women. All of humanity
      is innocent of its existence; but women are doubly
      innocent. Who could have oil and kindness enough for

      "Damn oil! Damn kindness!" Someone else shouted out of
      the crowd; "women need to be educated better!"

      "Men need to be educated better," said the sage and
      beckoned to the youth to follow him.

      The youth, however, did not follow him.

      Nietzsche, 1882


      Bob M.
    • Bob M.
      In his book Sex and Character , [Otto] Weininger argues that all people are composed of a mixture of the male and the female substance, and attempts to
      Message 2 of 2 , Apr 17, 2007
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        In his book 'Sex and Character', [Otto] Weininger
        argues that all people are composed of a mixture of the
        male and the female substance, and attempts to support
        his view scientifically. The male aspect is active,
        productive, conscious and moral/logical, while the
        female aspect is passive, unproductive, unconscious
        and amoral/alogical. Weininger argues that emancipation
        should be reserved for the "masculine woman", e.g. some
        lesbians, and that the female life is consumed with the
        sexual function: both with the act, as a prostitute,
        and the product, as a mother. Woman is a "matchmaker".
        By contrast, the duty of the male, or the masculine
        aspect of personality, is to strive to become a genius,
        and to forego sexuality for an abstract love of the
        absolute, God, which he finds within himself.

        A significant part of his book is about the nature of
        genius. Weininger argues that there is no such thing
        as a person who has a genius for, say, mathematics,
        or music, but there is only the universal genius, in
        whom everything exists and makes sense. And he reasons
        that such genius is probably present in all people
        to some degree.

        In a separate chapter, Weininger, himself a Jew who
        had converted to Christianity in 1902, analyzes the
        archetypical Jew as feminine, and thus profoundly
        irreligious, without true individuality (soul), and
        without a sense of good and evil. Christianity is
        described as "the highest expression of the highest
        faith", while Judaism is called "the extreme of
        cowardliness". Weininger decries the decay of modern
        times, and attributes much of it to feminine, and
        thus Jewish, influences. By Weininger's reckoning
        everyone shows some femininity, and what he calls

        Weininger shot himself in the house in Vienna where
        Beethoven had died, the man he considered one of the
        greatest geniuses of all. This made him a cause
        célèbre, inspired several imitation suicides, and
        turned his book into a success. The book received
        glowing reviews by August Strindberg, who wrote
        that it had "probably solved the hardest of all
        problems", the "woman problem".


        "The hatred of woman is always the hatred not yet
        overcome of one's own sexuality." [Otto Weininger]

        "In many women, especially rich society women, the
        capacity for feeling love is completely dried up,
        and is replaced by a powerful desire that all men
        love them. When a woman of this kind is sure that
        a man loves her, she has no further use for him."
        [Bertrand Russell]

        Bob M.
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