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It’s a wee bit late, perhaps, to Repeal Nineteen. The damage is done. We were warned, and none did a better, more poetic job than Kipling:

So it comes that Man, the coward, when he gathers to confer
With his fellow-braves in council, dare not leave a place for her
Where, at war with Life and Conscience, he uplifts his erring hands
To some God of Abstract Justice—which no woman understands.

And Man knows it! Knows, moreover, that the Woman that God gave him
Must command but may not govern—shall enthrall but not enslave him.
And She knows, because She warns him, and Her instincts never fail,
That the Female of Her Species is more deadly than the Male.

– The Female of the Speices (1911)

It’s odd they’ve canceled Dr. Seuss, but not Rudyard. And, dear God, what would the cancellers think – if they could think – about Conrad?!