In Defense Of Women

In Defense Of Women Originally published in this book considers topics that remain of vital interest to today s readers including monogamy and polygamy prostitution the double standard sexual harassment and de

  • Title: In Defense Of Women
  • Author: H.L. Mencken
  • ISBN: 9781406945959
  • Page: 284
  • Format: None
  • Originally published in 1922, this book considers topics that remain of vital interest to today s readers, including monogamy and polygamy, prostitution, the double standard, sexual harassment, and declining birth and marriage rates Written in Mencken s characteristic no nonsense manner, In Defense of Women crackles with controversy and caustic wit.

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  • H.L. Mencken

    Henry Louis H.L Mencken became one of the most influential and prolific journalists in America in the 1920s and 30s, writing about all the shams and con artists in the world He attacked chiropractors and the Ku Klux Klan, politicians and other journalists Most of all, he attacked Puritan morality He called Puritanism, the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy At the height of his career, he edited and wrote for The American Mercury magazine and the Balti Sun newspaper, wrote a nationally syndicated newspaper column for the Chicago Tribune, and published two or three books every year His masterpiece was one of the few books he wrote about something he loved, a book called The American Language 1919 , a history and collection of American vernacular speech It included a translation of the Declaration of Independence into American English that began, When things get so balled up that the people of a country got to cut loose from some other country, and go it on their own hook, without asking no permission from nobody, excepting maybe God Almighty, then they ought to let everybody know why they done it, so that everybody can see they are not trying to put nothing over on nobody When asked what he would like for an epitaph, Mencken wrote, If, after I depart this vale, you ever remember me and have thought to please my ghost, forgive some sinner and wink your eye at some homely girl from American Public Media

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  • this book is hilarious! a breakdown of the methods women use to exploit the stupidity of men for their own gain. while it constantly credits women with being more intelligent, resourceful, clear-headed and practical than men, it also drives home the point that in general men don't benefit from feminine influence, instead they have their energy depleted and their potential squandered. harsh, offensive to both sexes, and funny as hell.


  • In the past, when I've heard someone claim "Satire is dead," I usually put up all these protestations, refutations, etc. I should have kept my mouth shut until I read Mencken. Haven't seen too much like this around lately: "Even prostitution, in the long run, may become a more or less respectable profession, as it was in the days of the Greeks. That quality will surely attach to it if ever it grows quite unnecessary; whatever is unnecessary is always respectable, for example, religion, fashionab [...]


  • “Women are despicable; but women are better than men; therefore, men are very despicable.” (introduction, x) Mencken is best known for clever quotations about people’s general ignorance, cultural failures and radical political solutions. Here, somewhere amidst all three of those, he turns his attention and vindictive pen towards the sociology of gender. The book begins this way: “A man’s women folk, whatever their outward show of respect for his merit and authority, always regard him s [...]


  • "In Defence of Women" is in point of fact not in defence of women. It is a diatribe of criticism and chauvinistic belittling of the fair sex. I thought this might be a fun read but it wasn't. Mostly it was boring and repetitive belaboring of social mores of the day. I finished it and would not recommend it. Sorry H.L. but your time has come and gone.


  • Last night I completed, “In Defense Of Women“, written by H. L. Mencken and originally published back in 1918. The book took me about thirty-five years to finish (well, to start and finish).I purchased this book as one of a series of titles under the banner of Time-Life Books. Part of the Time Reading Program Special Edition. This just means I bought two books a month for a couple of years. Way back when I got out of the Army, I decided I wanted to become more “learned”, more sophisticat [...]


  • I think Mencken is trolling somebody and it might be me. Either way, this book is a witty and caustic romp around life between the sexes."Well, very few women believe in broken hearts, and the cause is not far to seek: practically every woman above the age of twenty-five has a broken heart. That is to say, she has been vastly disappointed, either by failing to nab some pretty fellow that her heart was set on, or, worse, by actually nabbing him, and then discovering him to be a bounder or an imbe [...]


  • A technical note here: My copy of this book is the original 1922 publication. The copyright, however, lists it as having been first copyrighted in 1918.I picked up this book at an estate sale (my favorite source for old books). I did not finish this book for two reasons--foremost my concern for the binding, which is almost a hundred years old and seemed about to release most of the pages if I kept flipping through them. Second, the author's limited experience with gender differences gave me the [...]


  • Absolutely phenomenoal. For a century-old book, the wisdom here has aged most remarkably well. Mencken exposes a lot of timeless ideas that we'd be well served to remember nowadays with most cunning wit. I'd rather quote extensively from the book than write further. For example take this opening paragraph of the book:"As a professional critic of life and letters, my principal business in the world is that of manufacturing platitudes for tomorrow, which is to say, ideas so novel that they will be [...]


  • “Women are despicable; but women are better than men; therefore, men are very despicable.” So says Mencken in his introduction. And that just about sums it up. While ostensibly defending women, he uses the war between the sexes as a platform to display his cutting wit and humorous satire. His skill as a writer is tremendous, and he makes some astute observations - like describing the female as logical and cynical and the male as the emotional romantic - but he has such a jaded view of humani [...]


  • I got the impression this work was originally meant as satire, but Mencken's personal biases got the better of him as he went along. It comes off as more of an indictment of the rubes he disdains than an actual defense of the fairer sex.



  • Opiniões infundadas que resultam em conclusões precipitadas e erradas não, obrigado.(lido em Chengdu, China)


  • I enjoyed the book. It relies on a 1920s viewpoint of the world from a man who has money, and an education. The book is informal but gives a good common sense insight to a fundamental viewpoint of the differences between the sexes. The issue I have is that he is generalizing from a personal stance that does not see everything, thus he assumes too much with some of his ideas. He does have some ground breaking notions, but they do not reach fruition, which, in his defense, might be used to protect [...]


  • H. L. Mencken was an elitist who scorned democracy and thought most everybody was a 'booby'. He lived for the most part with his mum and had a head like an unskinned potato left to mold at the back of a cupboard for six months.He was also very funny, in an insouciantly antagonising way. I wanted to laugh at him one minute and smack him over the head with a framed picture of Mary Wolstencraft the next. Superficially this collection is, as the title suggests, written in defence of women. In realit [...]


  • H.L. Mencken was the undisputed master of vitriolic social commentary (what, in college, we used to call vituperative invective). Over the course of his long and productive career (1899 – 1948), he managed to disparage and excoriate prominent dignitaries, religious creeds, societal conventions, and the booboisie (a term coined by Mencken). He does not disappoint with this caustic analysis of the war of the sexes.If Mencken meant this as satire, it succeeds admirably. If he was serious, he disp [...]


  • What is to be said? It is proof that Mencken is the pinnacle of unsentimental writing. You find his thoughts crude, or otherwise prejudiced? He would say the same of your character and be utterly unphased. This title is a remarkable piece that unveils many of the timeless and unassailable blemishes that we generously implore art and convention to please disguise for us. For men, it is that we are a race of romantic bamboozlers, who despite our Math SAT scores, are hopelessly incompetent at seein [...]


  • "Women always excel men in that sort of wisdom which comes from experience. To be a woman is in itself a terrible experience."I think I would have loved to have know H.L. Mencken. I have read his biography and now having finished his "In Defense of Women" I know we would have had some wonderful conversations. These essays cover marriage, polygamy, polyandry, birth control, suffragettes, and religion. Sometimes I wanted to strangle him in his old fashioned treatment of women, and yet in a lot of [...]


  • Generally, I find Mencken’s wit and clever use of language delightful and entertaining, so I looked forward to this book as some relief reading, the kind you do when you want to cleanse your mind a bit from the concerns of business obligations, ecological disasters, or unattractive household chores left undone. Alas, it was far less entertaining than anticipated. For me the humor meter rarely moved, and when it did, it didn’t move too far. Predictably, the old gruff from Baltimore turns thin [...]


  • The title of this book is misleading, as "In Defense of Women" is not in any sense a defense of women or women's rights. In fact, were one to take half the passages contained within, they would walk away with a picture of Mencken as a staunch misogynist. His view of womankind is one of distrust, envious resentment, and grudging admiration. Women, to Mencken's mind, are cunning, guileful, manipulative, exquisitely intelligent and dangerous. His descriptions of their nature and actions not infrequ [...]


  • It's truth that will set you free. In H.L.Mencken's brilliantly crafted satire about the superiority of women, the naivety of romantic foolery, married men being one of the ultimate tools in the cache of feminine career opportunity (Please consider the America of 1922 and all the equal rights momentum since, before 'Pshaw!'-ing this statement), & even the ridiculously Utopic state of bachelorhood has left its' mark as the final word in that age old debate of the battle of the sexes.I find no [...]


  • I was so pleased with this book in the beginning. Originally published in 1918, I think, Mencken has some strong and "radical" views of women particularly in their innate and what he called superior intelligence. He's the type of essayist that makes me mentally want to be in the same room with him having the discussion he's written down. I found myself mentally interjecting comments.And then something happened.When it came to suffragettes he just went mental. If he had more logic to his argument [...]


  • I'm not quite sure how much of what Mencken says to take seriously; I mean, he all but characterizes women as a distinct and superior species of hominids. The book perhaps begins to lose steam about halfway in, just because the shock value eventually reaches a point of maximum return, and slowly peters off as you realize that Mencken seems to have convinced himself that his originally ironic description is in fact true. It's kind of like he's joking to his friends about how trees are really all [...]


  • A smart witty intriguing original read. I may not agree with all his ideas maybe because as I've a more conservative perception of marriage, monogamy and prostitution. Still find the book very interesting and important for the way we understand women and their side of a relationship, marriage, work or even religion. The book is generally based on the idea that an average woman is essentially stronger than the average man in the emotional, mental and psychological sense. He presented the woman as [...]


  • This book had a few working titles before "In Defense of Women" was settled upon. I hardly think its a good title, but it is an amusing read. If you like Mencken, you'll like this book, because it is of course classic Mencken. He spends equal time on offense against women (or more likely offending them), as he does defending them, with that being said, he spends far more time criticizing men and explaining the superior intellect and upper hand women have over them. The central theme seems to be [...]


  • VERY ENTERTAINING (ALBEIT TOO TRUE)“There is no book on women by a man that is not a stupendous compendium of posturings and imbecilities.”—page 105H. L. Mencken’s ‘In Defense of Women’ is, indeed, “a stupendous compendium of posturings and imbecilities” that begs the platitudinous question: ‘Who will defend them from their defenders?’ In a hundred and twelve pages of lively sesquipedalian loquacity, Mencken manages to lampoon most of mankind and offer up a handful of backhan [...]


  • can the society be more predictable? Published in 1922 it predict plenty of things happening nowadays. However women didn't take over the votes and decision makers. Such a pity! and amazingly he stated : "it is impossible to imagine a genuinely intelligent human being becoming a competent trial lawyer, or buttonhole worker, or newspaper sub-editor, or piano tuner, or house painter." oh thank you thank you!! I was beating myself over saying work is for men. Women have more intelligence and talent [...]


  • I give it four stars for Mencken's wicked humor and skillful writing. But I cannot think of a single person to whom I would recommend it. It goes places you probably shouldn't go and is guaranteed to offend pretty much everyone. Even though "In Defense of Women" was published in 1918 when the social and employment prospects for women were far different that they are now, there are parts that will reach in and stab you where it hurts even in our current era of enlightenment. Read it only if you h [...]


  • This is my first Mencken (other than the snippets one can't help encountering if one reads much), and I don't yet know what to think of the Sage of My Hometown. He's a knuckleheaded heathen, but such a funny one that I can neither love nor hate him. The satire's so thick that I'm not quite sure what he really believes and what's sheer facetiousness. I'm pretty sure that, as a member of the class for whom he claims to be defender, I'd prefer another candidate for that role, but I'm intrigued enou [...]


  • Absolutely one of the most amusingly sharp expositions of human gender roles in the "modern" age. This was written shortly before women gained the right to vote in the United States, and reads almost like a plea to those of the fairer sex who may have been caught up in the surrounding fervor. Unbelievable as it may sound, Mencken does make a compelling case that women would lose more than they would gain with their march towards so-called equal rights. Approach with an open mind and you may be v [...]


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