The Disciple asked:
The Master replied: I do not know; but it is used by cowards as a term of abuse for those who say what everybody
thinks. Cowards are the men who cannot approach a woman without going out of their minds and becoming treacherous.
They buy the womanís favour by serving their friendsí heads on a silver platter; and they absorb so much femininity
that they see with her eyes and feel with her feelings. Agreed: there are things you do not mention in everyday
conversation, and you do not tell your woman what is the essence of her gender; but one is sometimes allowed to
write it. Schopenhauer put it best, Nietzsche not badly, Joséphin Péladan is the master; Thackeray
wrote Menís Wives, but that was suppressed; Balzac unmasked Caroline in The Physiology of Marriage, and
Petty Troubles of Married Life; Otto Weininger,
having discovered the treachery when he was twenty, did not wait for the revenge but left the scene.
What is a misogynist?
by August Strindberg