Virginie Despentes on ugly women in fiction

Tuesday 5th February 2019

Writer Virginie Despentes. Photo: Jean-François Paga
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Quote of the day: “We have always existed. We are just never featured in novels written by men, who only create women they want to have sex with. We have always existed, and never spoken. Even today, when women publish lots of novels, you rarely get female characters that are unattractive or plain, unsuited to loving men or to being loved by them. On the contrary, contemporary heroines adore men, meet them easily, sleep with them after just a couple of chapters, come in four lines, and they all enjoy sex. The character of the loser in the femininity stakes doesn’t just appeal to me, she’s essential to me.” (Virginie Despentes’s King Kong Theory)

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