[bksvol-discuss] Re: Totally OT:Men writing women characters

  • From: <vining@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 12 Feb 2005 12:43:51 -0800

You've just reminded me that I always meant to finish reading this. *smile*
I found it a few years back, read half of it, and got distracted by
something else, I guess.

Doing a little Googling, I found this, which made me laugh:

"When the book first appeared in 1748-49, Cleland and his publisher
experienced little trouble -- despite the fact that the Bishop of London
blamed it for
two minor London earthquakes and wanted to have the book prosecuted, calling
it "a vile Book, which is an open insult upon Religion and good manners, and
a reproach to the Honour of government and the Law of the Country."

I've seen somewhere that there's a sequel. I'm also curious to see what his
other books are like.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Cindy" <popularplace@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, February 12, 2005 12:07 PM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Totally OT:Men writing women characters

> Speaking of men writing women's characters: One of the
> books I read years ago was Fanny Hill, Memoirs of a
> Woman of Pleasure. I was totally surprised to see it
> was written by a man. It's written in the first
> person, as I recall (Memoirs would have to be,
> wouldn't they -- smile) and it seemed to me the
> character's feelings and reactions were totally like
> any woman's would have been in her situations.
> Cindy
> --- Kellie Hartmann <hart0421@xxxxxxx> wrote:
> > To me, the award for the most unrealistic female
> > characters in classic
> > novels goes to Dostoyevsky. I've read Crime and
> > Punishment and Brothers
> > Karamozov, and all the women in both novels are
> > completely neurotic! And I
> > don't want to hear comments about all women being
> > neurotic, because even if
> > that's true the Dostoyevsky women are way more
> > neurotic than even the most
> > neurotic real-life woman! <lol> The Dostoyevsky
> > women all need to be put in
> > an asylum and sedated on a long-term basis, all
> > except Raskolnikov's sister
> > who seemed pretty normal but didn't really have much
> > of a part in the story.
> > It didn't even necessarily seem like Dostoyevsky
> > hated women and so made all
> > his female characters evil. It seemed more like he
> > didn't understand women
> > in the least and therefore couldn't possibly create
> > an even remotely normal
> > woman character.
> >
> > Ok, just my impressions. <grin>
> > Kellie
> >
> >
> >
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