Friday, July 03, 2009

Norman Mailer: That Fifties Sexist Shit

Dear Vox: Norman Mailer was an utter sexist shit who beat up his wives.

I dragged my husband to a lecture with him, Germaine Greer and a whole bunch of New York intellectual luminaries including Diana Trilling in NYC forty years ago.

You could see that Mailer was taken with Germaine Greer: she was a foot taller than he and probably tripped his bondages fantasies.

Some woman came to the microphone at question time and queried Mailer's sexism, which included women's not using contraception because it "diminished the pleasure of men."

Mailer's response was, "You dames just don't understand men, which I outlined in The Naked and the Dead."

Germaine Greer--may egalitarian gods and goddesses bless this brilliant, beautiful woman---got up on the stage and stalked into Goader's space. She raised herself to her full six feet, two over diminutive personage Mailer, having the the hots for her as his fantasy Valkyrie female who could ring his five feet, three-inch chimes sans contraceptives, and said, looking down her nose at short-stuff Mailer, "Really, Norman, your Naked and the Dead is not the Divine Comedy. "

The hall erupted in laughter, and Norman slunk to his seat.

Coming home to Flushing, our four children and bourgeosie reality, my husband said, "Hell, why do you drag me to these feminist shoot-outs when I could be home watching the Yankees?"

"Because. dear." I replied, "you have had the ineffable privilege of marrying a woman rabble-rouser who is part of the fertilizing lump that changes history."

Love to to Vox Populi,


-----Original Message----- From: Vox Populi [] Sent: Friday, July 03, 2009 12:55 AM To: Subject: [Lee Drury De Cesare's Casting-Room Couch] New comment on Never Bow Down Before Flapdoodle. Vox Populi has left a new comment on your post "Never Bow Down Before Flapdoodle": Tell it !!! Very declasse' of the unsainted mr. CSL. I laugh so hard at these frumped up egos .. same as when Norman Mailer died .... (not that norman is ANY comparison) BUT .. the guy in sanfran or sandiego who had obviously been writing a five page diatribe for decades as he stewed in envy. This is what one gets from CSL, as well. If I were jealous of someone and wanted to best them I'd damn sure be doing it toe to toe. Not the wimpy way. Publish this comment. Reject this comment. Moderate comments for this blog. Posted by Vox Populi to Lee Drury De Cesare's Casting-Room Couch at 9:55 PM

1 comment:

Vox Populi said...

LOL ! How did I MISS this? I've been so busy ! Yes, Norman was pretty bad short poop and I would have given ONE MILLION DOLLARS to have seen that !! What was so funny was the five page obit the guy wrote about him (i didn't mention it was an OBIT did I??) It was soooo funny that he'd been writing that and writing that just waiting for Mailer to keel. L O L.

I'm not sure what's funnier ... but it's good to keep laughing at all of it while you kick their butts.