You write a lot about sexual neurosis, which has gotten you into some trouble. Do you consider yourself a feminist?
Well, I don’t consider myself not one. I’m not a misogynist, so you can dispense with that. I think I’ve done wonders for the feminist movement. I get criticized for a lot of what I write about, but as far as I’m concerned I’m actually standing up and having a look at what goes on in the minds of men, and I have the authority to talk about it because I’m a man. Women don’t have the authority because they don’t know what goes on in a man’s head, so largely what they say is kind of irrelevant. My songs and stories and books are character-driven, they talk about the way people are and the way men are and women are.
Oh Nick Cave. How the mighty have fallen!
Let me try to get this (although I am a woman so I might get it wrong by virtue of my gender): “Women don’t have the authority because they don’t know what goes on in a man’s head” and then this: “My songs and stories and books are character-driven, they talk about the way people are and the way men are and women are”. So, Nick, you can actually write songs about women’s nature but women do not have the authority to do so because they don’t know what goes on in a man’s head? My delicate lady brain seems unable to process these contradictions.
I used to love your music, Mr. Cave. I just hope you were being sarcastic but the joke somehow got lost in the journalist’s notes.
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