PRINT March 1988


what do women want?

What do men want?

NOBODY ASKS WHAT men want because everyone knows what men want—men want it all. Or maybe no one asks not because men want it all, but because men have it all already, and when women make demands since men have it all, men say What do you women want?, and What‘s wrong with you anyway?

Or one assumes that what men artists enact is not as man (unlike women artists, who are always assumed to be speaking as woman), but for the universal state of what is. Or—another way of putting it—when men ask what do women want, they are actually inverting the demands made by men that women know their place, that they be delicious and available, that they do what they‘re told.

Woman becomes a text that is unreadable because men have made so many conflicting demands:


the familiar/the enigmatic


stay at home/work at two jobs



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