The patriarchy hurts everyone. It does. It props up these ridiculous ideas of masculinity that affect men in real ways. The fact that your former student is ashamed to say he read Jane Austen is just a small example of it. At the same time it’s really frustrating. Here we have a member of the literary canon you talk about, and still because she’s a woman adored by women, reading her is considered “less than” or emasculating. If Jane Austen can’t catch a break, how can any other woman? —
Two Rioters discuss Meg Wolitzer’s recent op-ed, book reviews, and what keeps men from reading women.