Christine de Pizan

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Friday, June 24, 2016

What Should We Do about Male Violence?

A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Sons of American Families from Being a Danger to Their Fellow Citizens . . . 

"It is a melancholy object to all those who live in this formerly great country when they see their cities and towns, their streets and their neighborhoods, their elementary schools and their college campuses, their houses of worship and their places of work, their shopping malls, movie theaters, and nightclubs, even the very homes in which they reside, terrorized by malefactors of the male sex, who daily prove themselves utterly unfit for a meaningful and productive life. These men, lacking all empathy, self-control, and humanity, unsuited in every way for civil society, turn their rage on their families and communities, committing acts of unspeakable violence.
I think it is agreed by all parties that this prodigious number of disaffected and dangerous men is, in the present deplorable state of the country, a very great additional grievance, and, therefore, whoever could find out a fair, reasonable, and workable method of making these young men sound and useful members of the state would deserve so well of the public as to have her statue set up as a preserver of the nation. . . . 

To read and enjoy this satiric essay,  modeled on Jonathan Swift's 1729 "A Modest Proposal," click here.