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In Defense of Women by H. L. (Henry Louis) Mencken
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In Defense of Women
by H. L. Mencken


I The Feminine Mind
II The War between The Sexes
III Marriage
IV Woman Suffrage
V The New Age


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 instantly rejected as insane
and outrageous by all right thinking men, and so apposite and sound
that they will eventually conquer that instinctive opposition, and
force themselves into the traditional wisdom of the race. I hope I
need not confess that a large part of my stock in trade consists of
platitudes rescued from the cobwebbed shelves of yesterday, with
new labels stuck rakishly upon them. This borrowing and
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