From Schools and School Masters
"Another point of difference between the male and female schools is still more characteristic of the sexes. Say you strike a Forty-barrel-bull—poor devil! all his comrades quit him. But strike a member of the harem school, and her companions swim around her with every token of concern, sometimes lingering so near her and so long, as themselves to fall a prey."
I've watched The Handmaid's Tale. Read the book as well. Now we have a 'handmaid' on the Supreme Court. I thought of this passage from Moby-Dick tonight. I am grateful for the strong women in my life. The ones who have held me up when I was drowning and pushed me off when I needed courage. I understand that often times women will sacrifice for each other. The women I know are that way. Tough. Fair. Giving. Tonight a woman was appointed who will join the "forty barrel bulls." This newly appointed woman is not a friend of women. Vote.