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Originally published in 1922, this book considers topics that remain of vital interest to today’s readers, including monogamy and polygamy, the double standard, sexual harassment, and declining marriage rates. Written in Mencken’s characteristic no-nonsense manner, In Defense of Women crackles with controversy and caustic wit.
“The truth is that neither sex, without some fertilization by the complementary characters of the other, is capable of the highest reaches of human endeavor. Man, without a saving touch of woman in him, is too doltish, too naïve and romantic, too easily deluded and lulled to sleep by his imagination to be anything above a cavalryman, a theologian, or a bank director. And woman, without some trace of that divine innocence which is masculine, is too harshly the realist for those vast projections of the fancy which lie at the heart of what we call genius. Here, as elsewhere in the universe, the best effects are obtained by a mingling of elements” (H. L. Mencken).
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- The Iguana
Not for the "Me Too" generation. Parts you won't agree with. Parts you may agree with, but you will then be made to feel like an idiot for it. Look at it as a step in our evolution.
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- Scott A Kessler
Excellent story/ poor narration
I love Mencken but did not like the narration by Fred Williams. He was very monotone and dry. Blackstone should have gotten Anthony Heald , who read Disturber of the Peace, to do this audiobook.