When you get to that session on “language” or perhaps Feminism in 2021 maybe discuss the idea that this song came from compassionate men. And also that the feminist writer Catherine McKinnon said that the ideal of women’s “power”—power itself being a male-oriented construct—is “a contradiction in terms” in part because power inevitably leads to violence.

Also, there is a brilliant new book by Jacqueline Rose on the subject of violence against women which I’ve been reading excerpts from. (Due out in mid-May)

Possessor of Paul Newman eyes. Author of many things straightforward and strange. Some of them appear here. “Women zai shuo ba” as the Mandarin say. Born 2016.