What does Sor Juana say about men, and who are the men she seems to admire in Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz?

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Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz had a good deal to say about men, and was obviously not shy about being extremely honest in the face of an age-old social hypocrisy:

In her poem Redondillas she...criticizes the sexism of the society of her time, poking fun at and revealing the hypocrisy of men who publicly condemn prostitutes, yet privately pay women to perform on them what they have just said is an abomination to God. Sor Juana asks the sharp question [regarding] the purity/whoredom split found in base male mentality: "Who sins more, she who sins for pay? Or he who pays for sin?"

The above quote refers to the idea that without men willing to pay prostitutes, there would be no prostitutes. However, while men were vilifying these "fallen women," they were also paying for the "pleasure of their company."

We know that Sor Juana had several proposals, which she declined; she admitted she had no interest in marriage. (We can thereby assume that a life of matrimony did not appeal as much as a life...

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