Quotation by Max Frisch

Contramasculinity: the apparent selflessness of the female, who allows every man who comes her way to shape her; her lack of resistance, her limitlessness, that softness and pliancy which basically never take seriously the shape the man gives her. She is always capable of being molded to new shapes: this is what a man describes as the harlot in her, a basic element of the female character that he can never fathom. One might also call it playacting. Playing at being somebody different, at dressing up. When a man wraps himself in a costume, is he not in fact taking a step in the direction of perversion, femininity, contramasculinity?
Max Frisch (1911–1991), Swiss author, critic. Originally published as Tagebuch 1946-1949, Suhrkamp (1950). Sketchbook 1946-1949, p. 225, trans. by Geoffrey Skelton, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (1977).
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