And then she said…

The social function of gossip…

Men have always detested women’s gossip because they suspect the truth: their measurements are being taken and compared. In the most paranoid societies (Arab, Orthodox Jewish) the women are kept completely under wraps (or under wigs) and separated from the world as much as possible. They gossip anyway: the original form of consciousness-raising. Men can mock it but they can’t prevent it. Gossip is the opiate of the oppressed.

Erica Jong. Fear of Flying

And so for day 1685

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