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Random musings from Sarah Weinman, editor of Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives (Penguin, August 27)

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Women Who Hate Men Who Hate Women

That was the title I wanted to use for my newest “Dark Passages” column for the Los Angeles Times, but in hindsight it would have worked as well as Stieg Larsson’s original title for THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO - which is to say, a little too on the nose. But at the same time, we do need to keep having this on-point discussion about why the current crop of misogynistic behavior (or, as I term it in the column and countless times in private, “post-misogyny”) is so prevalent, tolerated, and even embraced in some quarters. Anna Holmes’ NYT editorial on Charlie Sheen gets at this. The excerpt of Kay Hymowitz’s book that was published in the WSJ gets at this to a lesser specific degree, with a broader overall context.  And the very existence and popularity of the Millenium Trilogy is rooted in misogyny 2.0, as I explain in the column:

the key to why the books have sold close to 50 million copies worldwide is that the hyperkinetic, Asperger-esque, quasi-sociopathic amalgam of archetypes that is Lisbeth [Salander] leads the reader through teachable moment after teachable moment of violence against women until the culminating, and cathartic, trial sequence in “The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest” — and we, the readers, are redeemed by and are complicit with Lisbeth’s resultant triumph./p>

As such the two excellent crime novels I discuss - Cara Hoffman’s SO MUCH PRETTY and Taylor Stevens’ THE INFORMATIONIST - delve into the issue in very different ways, since Hoffman’s writing more of a social novel and Stevens an out-and-out thriller. But so long as men keep hating women, and society not only tolerates, but applauds this, we’re going to keep seeing, and needing, novels that obliterate this sentiment because we can’t get rid of it in our own lives, and in our own selves. 

Filed under lit misogyny post-misogyny Lisbeth Salander Stieg Larsson Cara Hoffman Taylor Stevens crime fiction