File spoon-archives/lyotard.archive/lyotard_2001/lyotard.0103, message 101

Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2001 03:12:40 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Prisoner

In Palestine, even more than anywhere else, the women struck me as
having a quality the men lacked. Every man, though just as decent,
brave and considerate, was limited by his virtues. The women - they
weren't allowed on the bases but they did all the work in the camps -
added to all their virtues a dimension that seemed to underline a great
deal of laughter. If the act they put on one day to protect a priest
had been performed by men it would never have carried conviction.
Perhaps it was women, not men, who invented the segregation of women.

Prisoner of Love p1/2
Jean Genet


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