Philobiblon: More from Martha

Friday, October 29, 2004

More from Martha

"I meant to tell you that if you had a television, you'd approve of Channel 4. There are a lot of women on it. Well there are a lot more men, of course, but we must give thanks for small mercies. One documentary programme a week is entirely composed of women. The reviewers keep calling it 'an all-woman team'. They do not call other programmes 'all-man'. For 'all-man' read 'all human beings'. Women, as S. de Beauvoir said so long ago, are still The Other, as in A Bit of The Other." (p. 78)

(First published 1983, could have been published 2004.)


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