“Woman’s Character”

…”is characterlessness. The best woman will momentarily go down into the mire, and the worst unexpectedly rises to deeds of greatness and goodness to put to shame those who despise her. No woman is so good or so bad , but that at any moment she is capable of the most diabolical as well as of the most divine, of the filthiest as well as of the purest thoughts, emotions, and actions. In spite of all the advances of civilization, woman has remained as she came out of the hand of nature. She has the nature of a savage, who is faithful or faithless, magnanimous or cruel, according to the impulse that dominates her at the moment. Throughout all of history it has always been a serious, deep culture that has produced moral character. Man, even when he is selfish or evil, always follows principles–woman never follows anything but impulses. Don’t ever forget that, and never feel secure with the woman you love.”

 

-von Sacher-Masoch’s “Venus in Furs”

One thought on ““Woman’s Character”

  1. I love that book…but that view of women is a male view if ever there was one. And it is one written in the space of fantasy where he wants her to be that impulsive and creature-like person who will, he hopes, whip him. And in the novel, she does whip him. But women are more various, and so far as I can see, rather more sensible than that….still, it is a nice book!

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