The Female Of The Species "The Female Of The Species Is More Deadly Than The Male"
by Rudyard Kipling

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"The Female Of The Species Is More Deadly Than The Male"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

Context: In "The Female of the Species" Kipling, with a clearly anti-feminist bent, points to the danger of the female. He tells of the "he-bear's" being docile in comparison to the "she-bear." While the male cobra will run when he hears a "careless foot," the female cobra will strike. It was the Huron squaws, not the warriors, that made the Jesuits turn pale. The woman faces "Death by torture for each life beneath her breast." Kipling says, "Her contentions are her children, Heaven help him who denies!–" Man knows the Woman that God gave him "must command but not govern–"

When the Himalayan peasant meets the he-bear in his pride,
He shouts to scare the monster, who will often turn aside.
But the she-bear thus accosted rends the peasant tooth and nail.
For the female of the species is more deadly than the male.