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His-Story as Bunk

Roasting a Sexist Chestnut

A celibate priest giving advice on love, sex and marriage is like a dog’s walking on his hinder legs.

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It is not done well; but you are surprised to find it done at all.

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There, Boswell, I fixed it!

James Boswell was a friend and biographer of Samuel Johnson, an English writer from the 18th century, who made “lasting contributions” to English literature according to Wikipedia.

In his biography of Johnson, Boswell recorded Johnson saying, ”Sir, a woman’s preaching is like a dog’s walking on his hinder legs. It’s not done well; but you are surprised to find it done at all.”