Norman Mailer, 1923 – 2007. Novelist, journalist, playwright, screenwriter and film director. Innovator of creative nonfiction, a genre sometimes called New Journalism. Books like “The Fight“, which covered Muhammed Ali vs George Foreman in 1975. Nothing if not bellicose, he was a political activist. His personal life was…well, he had six wives and nine children. In 1960 he stabbed his second wife Adele Morales with a penknife. As you’ll see, there’s not a lot of love lost between him and feminists.
“Women think of being a man as a gift. It is a duty. Even making love can be a duty. A man has always got to get it up, and love isn’t always enough.”
“I’m hostile to men, I’m hostile to women, I’m hostile to cats, to poor cockroaches, I’m afraid of horses.”
“In America all too few blows are struck into flesh. We kill the spirit here, we are experts at that. We use psychic bullets and kill each other cell by cell.”
“What characterizes a member of a minority group is that he is forced to see himself as both exceptional and insignificant, marvelous and awful, good and evil.”
“There is nothing safe about sex. There never will be.”
“Tough guys don’t dance. You had better believe it.”
“A little bit of rape is good for a man’s soul.” This he said during an address on Richard Milhous Nixon and Women’s Liberation at the University of California at Berkeley. Then at the end of his speech he invited “all the feminists in the audience to please hiss.” When a satisfying number obliged, he commented: “Obedient little bitches.”