Siri Hustvedt

"Scientists should read more humanities"
Jun 2018

"Scientists should read more humanities"

An interview with Daniel Gigena of Argentina's La Nacion

LN: How do you live the last feminist conquests (#MeToo, Time's Up)? Do you think we are approaching a moment of equality between men and women?

SH: At least in part, #MeToo was a reaction to the virulent misogyny of the new president of the United States, Donald Trump, but then spread throughout the world. It is a step forward for feminism. Despite attempts to turn it into a puritan or anti-male campaign, I think the essential message is simple and based on the old principles of the Enlightenment: I own my body, whatever my sex or gender. You do not and you do not have rights over my body without my express permission. If I choose to give my body, I do it freely, not because I am forced or under threat. But respect for women's bodies is a part of history. It is vital that our cultures begin to recognize that we denigrate all things that are considered feminine and elevate what we consider masculine. The intellect is masculine; the body, female. The reason is masculine; the emotion, feminine. We must stop this nonsense and begin to recognize that these prejudices are not isolated but constant. They have been integrated into our thought processes.
Read the rest of the interview (in Spanish).