C.S. Lewis on women

minnow at belfry.org.uk minnow at belfry.org.uk
Fri Jun 18 17:24:51 EDT 2004

Charlie quoted C.S. Lewis:

>"This is the tragi-comedy of the modern woman; taught by Freud to consider
>the act of love the most important thing in life, and then inhibited by
>feminism from that internal surrender which alone can make it a complete
>emotional success. Merely for the sake of her own erotic pleasure, to go no
>further, some degree of obedience and humility seem to be (normally)
>necessary on the woman's part."
>Of course, your mileage may vary! But Ransom was obviously reading this
>essay just before delivering his little lecture to the tragi-comic Jane in
>Chapter 7 of *That Hideous Strength*.

Ransom and Lewis, like Dr. Watson, evidently had an experience of women
that extended over many nations and three separate continents ("do
continents usually come mixed, like teas?" -- where on earth is *that*
from?  Wimsey, maybe?).

What's that?  Lewis was a bachelor and proud of his celibacy, you say, not
to mention apparently disliking and being a bit afraid of women and
avoiding their company?  No, no, that can't be right: he knew *all* about
women's sexuality!


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