I would like to write about women. Yes ! Using G. K. Chesterton’s words, I would like to celebrate the ‘Woman’ and I would like to beg every man to let his wife be more of a maker, not less!
“. . . I have a notion that the real advice I could give to a young journalist is simply this: to write an article for the Sporting Times and one for the Church Times and put them in the wrong envelopes. . .” G.K. Chesterton
“Of the two sexes the woman is in the more powerful position. For the average woman is at the head of something with which she can do as she likes; the average man has to obey orders and do nothing else. He has to put one dull brick on another dull brick, and do nothing else; he has to add one dull figure to one dull figure, and do nothing else.
The woman’s world is a small one, perhaps, but she can alter it. The woman can tell the tradesman with whom she deals some realistic things about himself. The clerk who does this to the manager generally gets the sack or shall we say (to avoid the vulgarism), finds himself free for higher culture.
Above all… the woman does work which is in small degree creative and individual. She can put the flowers or the furniture in fancy arrangements of her own. I fear the brick layer cannot put the bricks in fancy arrangements of his own, without disaster to himself and others.
If the woman is only putting a patch into a carpet, she can choose the thing with regard to colour. I fear it would not do for the office boy dispatching a parcel to choose his stamps with a view to colour; to prefer the tender mauve… to the crude scarlet…
A woman cooking may not always cook artistically; still she can cook artistically. She can introduce a personal and imperceptible alteration into the composition of a soup. She can introduce a personal and imperceptible alteration into the composition of a meal. The clerk is not encouraged to introduce a personal and imperceptible alteration into the figures in a ledger…
The average woman, as I have said, is a despot; the average man is a serf. I am for any scheme that any one can suggest that will make the average woman more of a despot…
I should like her to cook more wildly and at her own will more than she does. So far from getting always the same meals from the same place, let her invent, if she likes, a new dish every day of her life. Let woman be more of a maker, not less.
We are right to talk about ‘Woman’: only blackguards talk about women. Yet all men talk about men, and that is the whole difference. Men represent the deliberative and democratic element in life. Women represent the despotic.”
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