Tag Archives: Women

“Jane Austen”

“Jane Austen” The Oxford philosopher Gilbert Ryle was once asked whether he read novels. He is supposed to have answered, “Yes, all six of them.” How is it that Jane Austen, the author of those six and quintessential novelist-of-women, had … Continue reading

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“The Coat”

“The Coat” The other day, I could not find my coat. I’d sat through one edifying lecture too many, during which I’d had trouble not falling to the floor from sheer fatigue. Afterward, famished, I’d stopped at my café for … Continue reading

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“Women and Yoga”

“Women and Yoga” From about the age of twelve or thirteen, I have wanted to be the kind of saint who could merge her own consciousness with God’s.  It was never clear to me whether this longing was really for … Continue reading

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“Christianity, Judaism, and Women”

“Christianity, Judaism, and Women” I don’t know how you feel about this, but I take for granted that a religion represents (among other things) an erotic style.  If I were to convert to another religion, I would be changing the … Continue reading

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“My Brilliant Career”

“My Brilliant Career” The title above is from an Australian film of some years ago, whose heroine decides to refuse the hand and society life of the handsome suitor she loves, and instead to set forth on the solitary struggle … Continue reading

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“Evil”

“Evil” I know it sounds funny to say, in a “non-advice column” for and about women, but the most evil people I have known personally were women. Men are of course able to get a bad job done effectively on … Continue reading

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“The B Word”

“Bitch” is an insult word, yet I doubt there is any living, adult, English-speaking woman who hasn’t applied it (at least in her mind) to another woman, in cases where no other descriptive term will do. In my experience, it’s … Continue reading

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