When a subject is highly controversial – and any question about sex is that – one cannot hope to tell the truth

Barbie adventure

Fiction here is likely to contain more truth than fact

Perhaps if I lay bare the ideas, the prejudices, that lie behind this statement you will find that they have some bearing upon women and some upon fiction. At any rate, when a subject is highly controversial – and any question about sex is that – one cannot hope to tell the truth. One can only show how one came to hold whatever opinion one does hold. One can only give one’s audience the chance of drawing their own conclusions as they observe the limitations, the prejudices, the idiosyncrasies of the speaker. Fiction here is likely to contain more truth than fact. Therefore I propose, making use of all the liberties and licenses of a novelist, to tell you the story of the two days that preceded my coming here – how, bowed down by the weight of the subject which you have laid upon my shoulders, I pondered it, and made it work in and out of my daily life.

by Virginia Woolf (25 January 1882 – 28 March 1941)
A Room of One’s Own (24 October 1929)
chapter 1
image – Mzelle Biscotte

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4 Responses to “When a subject is highly controversial – and any question about sex is that – one cannot hope to tell the truth”

  1. clarissa mcfairy Says:

    what on earth is she doing with that toothpaste tube …. she seems to be using it as a magic carpet ….

  2. E. A. Able Says:

    LOL

    Does Barbie need a reason?

    The close runner-up was an image of a Barbie-like doll with long pink hair, but I couldn’t quite go there.

  3. clarissa mcfairy Says:

    Haha, Barbie needs no reason. This quote flew right over my head. But the image caught my eye! I see it’s French toothpaste. Even more kinky. Get thee to a nunnery, Elizabeth.

  4. E. A. Able Says:

    LOL

    A lit nerd’s gotta have a little fun once in a while.

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