DEAR JUNOT DÍAZ, I’M DISAPPOINTED. I WISH I WAS SURPRISED.
BLOG from the Representation Project with Jennifer Seibel Newsome
As the news about Junot Díaz spread across the twittersphere Friday morning, I was disappointed but not surprised. How could I be? I’ve known, on some level, about this abhorrent behavior since I first picked up The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao as a senior in high school.
Junot Díaz filled his work with misogynist characters, living in a misogynist culture. However, now I know the machismo of his characters is not merely a critique or portrayal of our male-dominated society, it’s a reflection of Díaz himself, a serial sexual harasser. Continue reading
Tags: gender equity, misogyny, sexism in literature, women online
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