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Florence King said in her article, “The Niceness Factor,” (Harper’s Magazine, 9/81):

“The paradox of women’s rights in any era is that egalitarianism, which admits the issue is also the chief barrier to its fulfillment. Just as despots are the most enthusiastic patrons of the arts, only an aristocracy is secure and eccentric enough to produce the one kind of woman who can bridge the psychological chasm between the sexes: the socially impeccable bawd.” (without the disintegration of Émile Zola’s Nana)

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