Hello, 'Pinners! Welcome to the first Hairpin 3.0 Book Club discussion of 2015.
Have you had a chance to read The Pillow Book yet? If not, don't worry: this discussion will be spoiler free. (That's because there aren't really any spoilers to give away! Because this is a nonfiction diary! Although it was written over a thousand years ago, so spoiler alert: everybody dies, I guess.) This post is for casual musings, reactions, thoughts, asides, digressions. We will have another post later this month, and you will be tested. And yes, this will go toward your final grade, but on the bright side: I accept bribes.
Notoriously mansplaining Times columnist Ross Douthat made a foray into literary criticism this weekend when he cited Adelle Waldman’s novel The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P as evidence for why fathers with daughters may, and should, tack conservative. Let me elucidate. In the dating milieu chronicled (astutely) by Waldman, women are vulnerable to shagging slightly misogynistic dudes like protagonist Nathaniel P. And these women are presumably someone’s daughter. Thus, Douthat’s “Daughter Theory” goes, fathers naturally hearken back to a more conservative society where they could be assured that their daughters lacked encouragement to date and sleep around, and were therefore no longer liable to have their [...]