Nietzsche: a friend of feminists?

In my Existentialism class we’ve been working our way through Beyond Good and Evil. To say the least, Nietzsche is certainly not a boring character (neither in his sense of the word, nor generally).  The following is currently my favourite epigram of his:

“When a woman has scholarly inclinations there is usually something wrong with her sexually. Sterility itself disposes one toward a certain masculinity of taste; for man is, if I may say so, “the sterile animal.”

Nietzsche loves the unenlightened woman. Is this offensive? Certainly not nearly so as his diagnosis of enlightened man!

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3 comments on “Nietzsche: a friend of feminists?

  1. CaboTennisDude says:

    Was that written before or after Lou Andreas-Salomé rebuffed him?

  2. Julia says:

    Nietzsche did say that the instincts often reveal an intelligence not consciously recognized. Whatever he may say about the “enlightened” female, he was drawn to intelligent and involved women (the above-mentioned Lou Andreas-Salome; Cosima Wagner)!

    Moreover, his interest in Ariadne as the sight of contact with the divine is certainly of note. The role of the receptive feminine is incredibly significant, especially in his later poetry, and is not reserved for the biologically female. As said above, if one is only “masculine”, one is sterile.

  3. Kampen says:

    CaboTennisDude: Sorry for my late reply. I was trying to find the answer to your question and I have not.

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