Racism and sexism...

Speaking of racism, how's this for sexism? Trouble is, I'm not sure who ought to be blamed--Shakespeare, Emilia, or Emilia's husband, Iago?

'Tis not a year or two shows us a man:
They are all but stomachs, and we all but food;
They eat us hungerly, and when they are full,
They belch us.

-Emilia in Shakespeare's Othello



Chorus: It is not vertue, wisdom, valour, wit,
Strength, comliness of shape, or amplest merit
That womans love can win or long inherit;
But what it is, hard is to say,
Harder to hit,
(Which way soever men refer it).
Much like thy riddle, Samson, in one day
Or seven, though one should musing sit.

Is it for that such outward ornament
Was lavish't on thir Sex, that inward gifts
Were left for haste unfinish't, judgment scant,
Capacity not rais'd to apprehend
Or value what is best
In choice, but oftest to affect the wrong?
Or was too much of self-love mixt,
Of constancy no root infixt,
That either they love nothing, or not long?

What e're it be, to wisest men and best
Seeming at first all heavenly under virgin veil,
Soft, modest, meek, demure,
Once join'd, the contrary she proves, a thorn
Intestin, far within defensive arms
A cleaving mischief, in his way to vertue
Adverse and turbulent, or by her charms
Draws him awry enslav'd
With dotage, and his sense deprav'd
To folly and shameful deeds which ruin ends.
What Pilot so expert but needs must wreck
Embarqu'd with such a Stears-mate at the Helm?

John Milton, from "Samson Agonistes"

What a bigot! And let's see, you've been married how long?

Is this sexism, or simply commentary on human sin? To quote a guy who got himself into some trouble on another thread, "Context". :^)

well, that'd be considered polite at the dinner table in Japan. ;-)

Milton had very bad luck with women. He ended up as one of the only Christian intellectuals of his time to support the idea of divorce for reason of incompatibility.

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