- 7:31 am - Wed, Sep 12, 2012
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Junot Diaz discusses [MP3 link] his new set of short stories called This Is How You Lose Her with Steve Inskeep of NPR
INSKEEP: “Now, let me ask about that, because there are women characters in your book who specifically ascribe that kind of blindness to Dominican men. Watch out for Dominican men. They’re awful human beings. Do you think that’s a Dominican thing, or you think it’s a guy thing, a universal guy thing?”
Diaz: “Well, you know, the - always the joke is who’s making that accusation. And I just think that for the group of women who are making this accusation, Dominican men are standing in as the err male. But look, bro, are you telling me that if I get all the women of the United States and gather them all together and say, do you highly recommend American men, that you’re going to get, like, a sterling recommendation, that these women are going to be, like, oh yes, American men are fantastic? These dudes have done so well by us.”
"I think that every culture, if you got all the women of that culture together and say grade your men, I don’t think any country, even a place like Denmark - which has this famous sort of gender equality - would give their men anything higher than an F as a collective. And that’s a reality, and I think something worth thinking about."