"I am afraid that women appreciate cruelty, downright cruelty, more than anything else. They have wonderfully primitive instincts. We have emancipated them, but they remain slaves looking for their masters, all the same. They love being dominated."
Okay, I know Oscar Wilde was gay, but did he really hate women or something? Like, really, really hate women? Or was he using Lord Henry to reflect everything that was deplorable about the British gentry of the day, including their gender biases? Or am I imposing too much of my modern sensibilities on a period work? Hmmm . . . *deep thoughts*