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Om Namah Shivaya

Jan 10, 2012

WOMEN ! - Nietzsche's thoughts on women are quite dogmatic, in my opinion...

THE READER: Thoughts on Women by Nietzsche

“The man’s happiness is: I will. The woman’s happiness is: He will” says Nietzsche in his book Thus Spoke Zarathustra

Well I have liked almost everything the profound philosopher, writer and poet Nietzsche has said in his books about various things like ‘will to power’, higher man, individualism, personality development, religion, etc. But somehow his thoughts on WOMEN have left me wondering, is that really how he thought of women? 
I tried to rationalize (because his thoughts on other things are quite powerful and deep) by thinking probably that was how in the 18th-19th century women were thought of. But still, I cannot believe what he has said about women are his true thoughts... or we have lost something in translations. But then the translations by R J Hollingdale are quite true to the author in other cases.
Any how, I don’t agree with all this, but then wanted to know what others think about these thoughts of Nietzsche on...
WOMEN
The Kiss - By Klimt c 1907

If you admit to a woman that she is in the right, she cannot refrain from setting her heel triumphantly on the neck of the defeated – she has to enjoy the victory to the full; while between men in such a case being in the right usually produces a feeling of embarrassment.
– From Assorted Opinions and Maxims 209 (Published in 1879 as first supplement to ‘Human – All Too Human’; 2nd Edition published in 1886

Would a woman be able to hold us (or as they say ‘captivate’ us) if we did not believe that under certain circumstances she could use the dagger (any kind of dagger) against us? Or against herself: which in a certain case would be more painful revenge (Chinese Revenge)
– From Gay Science 69 Published in 1882 and 1887

Everything about Woman is a riddle, and everything about woman has one solution: it’s called pregnancy.

For the woman, the man is a means: the end is always the child.

The true man wants two things: danger and play. For that reason he wants woman, as the most dangerous plaything.

Let man fear woman when she loves. Then she bears every sacrifice and every other thing she accounts valueless.

Let man fear woman when she hates: for man is at the bottom of his soul only wicked, but woman is base.

Whom does woman hate most? – Thus spoke the iron to the magnet: ‘I hate you most, because you attract me but are not strong enough to draw me towards you.’

“The man’s happiness is: I will. The woman’s happiness is: He will”
- From Thus Spoke Zarathustra Part I: Of old and young
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Translation by R. J. Hollingdale

So there you are... what do you think...? Or do you think I am wrong in assuming his thoughts are puritanical and dogmatic?

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Shashi
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To know more about Nietzsche and his thoughts about 'Higher Men, Will to Power etc,' read my feature on ‘Thus Spoke Zarathustra’ – an amazing and profound book (A must read). Click here to read...

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