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Started by thismorning on May 30, 2019 5:33:34 PM
Why do female readers dislike Holden Caulfield?

Funny how in my experience I have never met a literate woman who did not express dislike for the character.Now I am careful not to reference the book in any woman's presence. wtf is going on?

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FGBFGB - 30 May 2019 17:35:07 (#1 of 125)

Because he's a gobby, whiney, self-pitying little jerk? The same reason that this male reader dislikes him?

FleurDuMal - 30 May 2019 17:36:54 (#2 of 125)

I like him.

FGBFGB - 30 May 2019 17:37:50 (#3 of 125)

Oh Fleur!

HouseOfLametta - 30 May 2019 17:39:21 (#4 of 125)

I think he's a crumby character because of all that stuff that happened, but to tell you the truth I just don't want to talk about it now.

FleurDuMal - 30 May 2019 17:39:35 (#5 of 125)

I hate Heathcliff and Cathy though.

cozzer - 30 May 2019 17:40:39 (#6 of 125)

Because he's a gobby, whiney, self-pitying little jerk? The same reason that this male reader dislikes him?

But he's still a more sympathetic character than thismorning.

AlanII - 30 May 2019 17:40:55 (#7 of 125)

You're all just rubbing your noses while secretly picking them.

thismorning - 30 May 2019 17:41:20 (#8 of 125)

Recently was fooling around in an email to high school classmate who lives in Norway,last name Hays. Don't really remember what I said but it had something to do with Sally Hays in CITR. She was not happy. Started off by saying YOU ARE MAD! Cool, really, it made me feel a bit like Holden if the author had written a sequel when good old Sally and Holden were in their 70's.

Tadagee - 30 May 2019 17:41:41 (#9 of 125)

Funny how in my experience I have never met a literate woman

-literate.

HorstVogel - 30 May 2019 17:43:19 (#10 of 125)

with #1, I don't remember any my fellow pupils having anything favourable to say about HC. Then again we weren't budding eng lit profs.

Shadrack22 - 30 May 2019 17:46:32 (#11 of 125)

Good old Holden. I read Catcher in the Rye every ten years or so and it reveals something new each time.

Delighted_User - 30 May 2019 17:48:09 (#12 of 125)

Holden Caulfield as an adolescent, maybe he'll grow up. Holden Caulfield with a combover, well.

thisonehasalittlehat - 30 May 2019 17:51:00 (#13 of 125)

Generally it divides around whether you read it during or after puberty.

thisonehasalittlehat - 30 May 2019 17:52:15 (#14 of 125)

In other words if you're a gammon (low average reading age) you'll hate him.

CaptainBlack - 30 May 2019 17:52:43 (#15 of 125)

And whether it inspired you to assassinate John Lennon.

thismorning - 30 May 2019 18:00:10 (#16 of 125)

harsh, but possibly fair. My theory is that itz about how critical he is of everyone, including women, and we know being critical of women is a big no no.

Shadrack22 - 30 May 2019 18:08:20 (#17 of 125)

I first read it when I was about 15. Thought it was hilarious, particularly the early chapters at the school. It becomes sadder with each re-reading (or as I get older).

carterbrandon - 30 May 2019 23:30:08 (#18 of 125)

Never read it, but I do remember a fellow Eng Lit student telling me she loved the book.

limegreen - 30 May 2019 23:35:45 (#19 of 125)

I found him whiny and self obsessed. He needed to get over himself. I read it first in my late 20s. Am female.

Stellata - 30 May 2019 23:39:59 (#20 of 125)

I’m female and I heart Holden, dammit. You goddam phonies.

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