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The Holy Misogynist?

Posted to WritersAndGenres

Neal's celebration as the very personification of Beat - be it Dean Moriarty/Cody Pomeray, 'the Holy Goof' or 'Speed Limit - draws attention away from the darker, more disturbing elements of misogyny that are evident, in Jack's representation of him (although Kerouac seems to look upon it with a kind of tolerance or forgiveness), in Holmes's portrayal of Neal in 'Bo!', and especially in 'The First Third'... referring to women as 'bitches' is, well, not exactly 'beatific'. I really admire Neal, and what he came to represent, and his irrefutable significance to Beat... I just so wish there wasn't that side there. It bugs me.