RARA-AVIS: In defense of JDM

From: Bludis Jack ( buildsnburns@yahoo.com)
Date: 16 Sep 2002

John D. MacDonald was a man of his time. When I first read him, I was taken aback by some of the same passages that have been quoted here, because the times had changed.

JDM may be hard on hookers and homosexuals early on, but not nearly as hard as Mickey Spillane. Can you name a male writer of that time who did treat them fairly?

With regard to men of that time, and those of today and to paraphrase an old "feminist" ad: most of us "have come a long way, baby."

Unfortunately, from what I see on TV, and hear in sports bars and in their music, it looks as if many males under thirty are retrogressing with regard to their attitude toward women--and gays. Hopefully, it is only among those who don't know how to write anything except hip-hop, rap and graffiti.

Jack Bludis

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