Quotation by Erica Jong

Throughout much of history, women writers have capitulated to male standards, and have paid too much heed to what Virginia Woolf calls "the angel in the house." She is that little ghost who sits on one's shoulder while one writes and whispers, "Be nice, don't say anything that will embarrass the family, don't say anything your man will disapprove of ..." [ellipsis in original] The "angel in the house" castrates one's creativity because it deprives one of essential honesty, and many women writers have yet to win the freedom to be honest with themselves.
Erica Jong (b. 1942), U.S. poet and novelist. As quoted in Contemporary Poets, 3rd ed., by James Vinson (1980).

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) was an important British novelist and essayist.
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