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Love (26)

As it was Nietzsche’s 169th birthday yesterday, here’s a quote from the introduction to Derrida’s Of Grammatology, talking about his La Question du style:

A general reading of Nietzsche’s text would see him as a raging misogynist. But Derrida’s careful reading disengages a more complex collection of attitudes toward woman. Derrida breaks them into three and suggests that each Nitzschean attitude is contiguous with a psychoanalytical “position” – a modality of the subject’s relationship with the object. Summarized, the “positions” would be as follows:

The woman…condemned as…figure or power of lying… He was, he feared such a castrated woman…
The woman… condemned as… figure or power of truth… He was, he feared such a castrating woman…
The woman… recognized, beyond this double negation, affirmed as the affirmative, dissimulating, artistic, Dionysiac… He was, he loved such an affirmative woman.
(QS 265, 267)

– Spivak’s Preface to Derrida’s “Of Grammatology”, quoting Derrida’s “La Question du style”. 1967 in French/France, 1976 in English, USA.

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And today’s intelligent quotes

The woman is an animal that needs to be tamed, taken care of and kept inside the house.
Women ought to be fed properly, clothed appropriately, beautifully even, but kept outside of society. Women must not read anything but religious books, from which to learn piety, and cookbooks. Their sex must not be called “the fair one”, as women cannot truly comprehend arts. Neither for music, nor for poetry, nor for fine art have they any real or true sense and susceptibility, and it is mere mockery on their part, in their desire to please, if they affect any such thing. Aesthetically speaking, women are unaesthetic.

(fragments from Arthur Schopenhauer’s On Women)

J:What do you want to buy?
E: Revenge.
J: Revenge, okay. Who?
E: Danglars, Villefort… Fernand and Mercedes…
J: Right, we kill these people, then we spend the treasure.
E: No, we will study them, learn their weaknesses…
J: Why not just kill them? I’ll do it. I’ll run up to Paris – bam, bam, bam, bam! I’m back before week’s end!

(Count of Monte Cristo, 2002)

Was genuinely surprised by both.

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