Sylvia Plath on Mingling with Sailors

 Yes, my consuming desire is to mingle with road crews, sailors and soldiers, barroom regulars—to be a part of a scene, anonymous, listening, recording—all this is spoiled by the fact that I am a girl, a female always supposedly in danger of assault and battery. My consuming interest in men and their lives is often misconstrued as a desire to seduce them, or as an invitation to intimacy. Yes, God, I want to talk to everybody as deeply as I can. I want to be able to sleep in an open field, to travel west, to walk freely at night…
–Sylvia Plath

‘U155’ at Tower Bridge, 1919
‘U155’ at Tower Bridge, 1919

8 thoughts on “Sylvia Plath on Mingling with Sailors”

  1. I could go the rest of my life without hearing the name “Sylvia Plath” again. Or the ad nauseum beatification of her soap opera life & suicide by Smith College Lilith feminatics.

    1. Dunno, CP – lotta variables in question. Is she wearing a badge? Have a moustache? Large Adam’s apple? Officer insignia? Wearing a “Hello Kitty” Tee? More info, Buddy.

  2. “to walk freely at night…”

    Regardless of your attitude to Sylvia this last line is the important bit.

    And NO – even in a stolid little city in Australia I can not walk Freely at night. I must be aware, alert and ever cautious.


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