November 18, 2005 7:10 pm
I started reading Tarzan of the Apes after a gap of many years and was surprised by how sexist it is. Here’s a gem from Lady Greystoke, Tarzan’s ill-fated mother:
“Ah, John, I wish that I might be a man with a man’s philosophy, but I am but a woman, seeing with my heart rather than my head, and all that I can see is too horrible, too unthinkable to put into words.
“I only hope you are right, John. I will do my best to be a brave primeval woman, a fit mate for the primeval man.” [link]
I seem to recall Jane turning into a kick-ass jungle queen in later novels, but this bit was too much for me. And we’re not even getting into Burroughs’ racist narrative.