Quotation by W.H. Auden

The masculine imagination lives in a state of perpetual revolt against the limitations of human life. In theological terms, one might say that all men, left to themselves, become gnostics. They may swagger like peacocks, but in their heart of hearts they all think sex an indignity and wish they could beget themselves on themselves. Hence the aggressive hostility toward women so manifest in most club-car stories.
W.H. (Wystan Hugh) Auden (1907–1973), Anglo-American poet. Foreword, Times Three: Selected Verse from Three Decades, Phyllis McGinley (1960).
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