The androgynous mind.

Woolfe engages in philosophy here – she wonders about the true nature of the mind and the soul. She notices that the unity of a man and a women coming together in a taxi brought happiness – and wonder if such unity on a more fundamental level would lead to greater inner happiness and creativity as well. She proposes “an androgynous mind” – a brilliant, spiritually mature man engages with the feminine aspects of his soul; a brilliant, spritually mature woman engages with the masculine elements of her soul. By engaging in discourse with one another, men and women obtain peace in relationships, and on an inner level as well.

One with an androgynous mind doesn’t take up the “special causes” of the other sex, but rather thinks in an unbiased, rational manner, and articulates emotion freely. It doesn’t think of itself as being sexed, and therefore cannot hold an opinion about the other gender.

In such a sex-conscious era (evidenced by the number of books men write about women) this state of mind would be difficult to achieve. She blames the suffrage movement for this – men became exceptionally defensive because they had never been challenged before. In a sex-conscious world, men no longer see women in romantic terms, as Tennyson did – in the novel by Mr. A, women are sex objects. The reviewers praise his work, although he is so self-concious his figure overshadows everything else he may be trying to articulate in his work.  He is asserting his masculinity in his work; the Fascists are doing so through politics in Italty, and even want a great poet to articulate these values. The celebrated writers of that time had no sense of the feminine, and could never inspire creativity in women because these values simply seem immature to them.

To be a great writer, you must be able to inspire thought in other’s minds. You cannot do so if you are only speaking of your own individual, gendered experience. Great writers purge the idol of gender, articulating the common experience.


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