RE: RARA-AVIS: male PI sexuality

From: Juha Lindroos (
Date: 23 Feb 2000

> you didn't miss anything - i think there was something obvious i didn't
> say. what i think i mean is that female PIs seem, to me, to generally lack
> a real sex drive - something that provides our animal with the necessary
> degree of fearlessness? recklessness? stupidity? that seems like a
> requisite for a PI. that person, male or female, has to have the biology
> of not being too afraid of the unknown. that adventureousness seems to be
> powered by testosterone. so in my theory, sexual aggressivenness is the
> thing that makes a PI the particualr creature that s/he is, yet i haven't
> read any female PI writers whose female protagnoists have that quality. i
> can seldom buy them as people who would plausibly put themselves into high
> risk situations just for money or curiousity. if a woman has an extra dose
> of testosterone, which some do, then if she's a PI, she's also going to
> have an active sexuality, i would think, just like the
> hardboiled/noir/crime fiction women protagonists are often neuters, and to
> me that's why they don't work so well.

This all reminds me of Jack O'Connell's BOX NINE and its protagonist, who fits the description. I forget her name, but I doubt I'll forget her. Of course this is a bit beside the point as it was written by a guy.. who is interviewed at:


Charles Willeford:

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