“I believe most men feel inferior to women; which is why they have to amass fortunes, win battles, conquer countries, succeed at least in something, before they feel confident enough, triumphant enough, un-inferior enough, to fuck. They have to work like mad to persuade themselves that they are fit for female consumption. In other words man is an aggressor not because he feels himself superior to the opposite sex but because he knows he isn’t.”
The Diaries of Kenneth Tynan – Kenneth Tynan
It’s a good quote, may even be some truth in it.
Are you reading the diaries? I imagine there is much quotable material in them.
Contrary to popular myth, I think Tynan was the first to say ‘fuck’ in a television programme, not Johnny Rotten.
You are probably right; he was rather partial to the word among other things. I read his Diaries a while ago, but would gladly read them again. He was a great raconteur and very witty.
Are you a fan?
I am definitely keen to read more of his work at some point.
What little I know of Tynan is by proxy, and vague interest in the ‘Angry Young Men’ of fifties British theatre. He championed Beckett’s work on stage. I know far too little to claim fandom.
He was so right.