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jail bait | jail bait

monty-heying's picture
Mar.01.2013
I was astonished and disappointed at a recent book store event when the speaker, an esteemed university professor for whom I have great respect, denounced as sexist the terms "jailbait" and "poison" used by “the men” in Of Mice and Men regarding Curley's wife. The offensive language was the...
monty-heying's picture
Aug.04.2012
There is a scale of sympathy that characters tread in the course of a story. We need to like or sympathize with our heroes and despise our villains. Flat characters are less interesting than those who are round, or complex. A hero with flaws is more interesting and real. "Nobody's perfect" and no...
monty-heying's picture
Jun.25.2012
It's a stretch of the misandric imagination to assert, as I read in one woman's critique, that in this character Steinbeck is asserting that "all women as nothing but trouble and are the downfall of man". That's like saying that because an artist paints a rattlesnake with poisonous fangs, all...