I’m still asked this question constantly. And it seems so strange because I don’t think they’d ask a question like that of most male writers. It is such a silly, naive question. There is the pretense that women are so delicate, so hypersensitive, so feminine, that we can’t confront adult subjects like war, politics, exploration, science, the law.

Joyce Carol Oates, upon being asked why her writing is so violent.
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