Criticizing a book like Women in 2017 for misogyny or insensitivity when it was written 40 years ago is kind of like lobbying to remove all the instances of the word "nigger" from Huckleberry Finn because society has changed and casual racial slurs like that aren't accepted anymore.
There's a value in having outmoded ideas or schools of thought available to young people so they can get a sense of history and how society has changed. And really, when someone is criticizing Women, it's more about how we would like society to change. Because misogyny and sexism still rule the day, even though a lot of the high-profile rapey kinds of guys are getting the axe right now for that kind of behavior.
As a poet once said, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." Ignoring or removing or whitewashing ugliness on the pages of old books doesn't serve anyone.
He didn't slap anyone in The Bukowski Tapes. He kicked Linda off of the couch. For what it's worth, she has said that he never hit her and wasn't a violent man. But you're right, the clip will be on YouTube forever, and it's indefensible as it is.he was capable of slapping a woman.
Aye. Because a 'tough guy" is totally different from an 'insecure male" and therefore would elicit a different, although equally morally suspect judgement from you, right?. Where in the fuck from anywhere would you get the alliteration of 'big pimp' from anyways?? lol. Fucks sakes. ANYONE is capable of slapping a woman, your opinionated inference is laughable in its assumptive validation/illustration of 'right/wrong".At the end of the day, Bukowski really screwed the pooch roughing up Linda Lee in the Bukowski Tapes. He left it out there (for all time) that he was capable of slapping a woman. No one (Jesus, Gandhi, Roy Moore, etc.) can defend that.
But when I first saw it, I was embarrassed because he was soooo insecure. He wasn’t acting like a Big Pimp -- he was acting like a little boy. Don’t get me wrong: If he was acting like a big tough guy beating a woman, I would still have had a different very bad reaction. But it was his own insecurity on public display that made me feel different about him.