June 3, 2011

VS Naipaul says no woman is his equal


Naipaul and his mistress of two decades, Margaret Gooding

Perhaps concerned that the reports about his friendly gestures towards long-time enemy Paul Theroux would make him seem semi-amicable, VS Naipaul has gone to new depths to prove anew his utter disagreeableness, ignorance, and misogyny with statements made during a talk at the Royal Geographic Society:

I read a piece of writing and within a paragraph or two I know whether it is by a woman or not. I think [it is] unequal to me….[A] woman, she is not a complete master of a house, so that comes over in her writing too…My publisher, who was so good as a taster and editor, when she became a writer, lo and behold, it was all this feminine tosh. I don’t mean this in any unkind way.

Well, I mean this in an unkind way when I say that Naipaul is a pathetic idiot. I invite MobyLives readers to please comment with the names of female authors who are equals to and surpass VS.

Also, some good fun: In response to Naipaul’s claim, The Guardian has posted The Naipual test, challenging you to decide the gender of 10 writers based on passages from their work.