*Image: The Virgin Mary by Jan Van Eyck (detail from the Ghent Altarpiece), 1432 [St. Bavo’s Cathedral, Ghent, Belgium]. The Deësis, in which Christ crowned is flanked by Our Lady and St. John the Baptist.
By Casey Chalk, The Catholic Thing, June 11, 2022
Casey Chalk is a contributor for Crisis Magazine, The American Conservative, and New Oxford Review. He has degrees in history and teaching from the University of Virginia and a master’s in theology from Christendom College.
H.L. Mencken wrote exactly 100 years ago: “The female body, even at its best, is very defective in form; it has harsh curves and very clumsily distributed masses; compared to it the average milk-jug, or even cuspidor, is a thing of intelligent and gratifying design.” He added that the female body “suggests a drunken dollar-mark,” and that it lacks “genuine beauty.”
I presume I speak for most members of the male sex when I say that Mencken, as was often the case when he was trying to be curmudgeonly, is dead wrong. …