“How different men are from women… I shall never understand them.”
"I thought [Norman] Mailer’s review of [Mary] McCarthy’s [The] Group was pretty revolting in its pomposity and scabrous point of view. He is a fine one to be shocked by sexual realism. He, who realistically stabbed his wife’s abdomen.”
"It is strange to be a woman and so little part of the male rule of the world."
"How wicked the male instinct is for conquest, beginning first with a wife, then your neighboring country…"
"Monarchy is a form of phallic worship which sickens the mind and eye when one sees it in its clear shape…"
"Again it brings too vividly my hatred of what males have done with the masculine foundation of Christian faith, turned it into two sexual repositories in which morality lies…" [In replying to her lover’s report of a friend’s ill treatment in church]
"Germany is like a big male that has been finally knocked down, his ugly face bleeding while he whines." [on the end of WWII]
"I shall laugh or slap the next man I ever hear mention women being jealous. The evidence of rank, cruel active jealousy, stiffened by ambition, that I see in the army is as much more fierce and active and general as a man’s strength is greater than a woman’s, than any woman’s jealousies I ever saw or heard of. After all, theirs is usually sexual or domestic; men’s is big-time, as they say with relish about all they touch. I am tired of talking on the male level. I am tired of their levels, which are indeed all flat, some being higher than others, but all platitudinous."
"I wonder what life would be like without any males at all? Quieter, sillier, but not crazier…"