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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 9, No. 3. April 13, 1946

[Letter from Sarah to Salient Vol. 9, No. 3. April 13, 1946]

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Dear Sir,—I wish to lodge an objection. Is "Salient" so short of worthwhile copy that it is forced to fall back on such a brainless monstrosity as was published last week under the title of '"Trenchant Vituperation of NZ Masculinity"? Was the Editor deceived by such a blatant Fraud as this? Or is he merely fishing for protests?

Not that this protest is directed against the conclusions reached by the writer. On the contrary, it is refreshing to see such humility and self-criticism from a young man—for that the writer was such must be, obvious even to the most myopic. But to accept it as the opinion of a woman of the world, Keif-respecting or not, is simply ridiculous.

To my mind there is one paragraph that locates the writer beyond shadow of doubt. Who else but an inhabitant of Weir House would suggest that a woman of the world, however great her experimental curiosity, could endure the attentions of 86 Weir House students in order to decide that three of them had an amorous technique? That brands the article. But the whole thing is couched in terms foreign to a feminine vocabulary, and proclaims itself at every word a more than tedious hoax.