Trans-identified male author who said a woman is 'an open mouth, an expectant a**hole' wins Pulitzer Prize

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A trans-identified male who once described “femaleness” as “an open mouth [and] an expectant a**hole” has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize in the category of Criticism.

Andrea Long Chu, critic for New York Magazine, has been recognized for five essays, including a review of Ottessa Moshfegh’s works, which at first glance bring to mind the writing of the Marquis de Sade. “The author has been hailed as a high priestess of filth. Really, she wants to purify her readers,” writes Long Chu, of Moshfegh’s writing.

“Andrea Long Chu’s literary criticism is remarkable for its scope as much as its pyrotechnics,” said New York Magazine editor-in-chief David Haskell in response to Long Chu’s award. “She’s [sic] most interested in the ways some writers are always revealing themselves: via their politics, especially, and their fixations. When preparing to review a new book, she [sic] reads the author’s entire body of work, along with every interview that author has ever given, in an attempt to burrow herself into that writer’s worldview.”

Long Chu’s own past writing is certainly revealing. In response to the Pulitzer announcement, outraged feminists on Twitter have been sharing quotes demonstrating Long Chu’s opinions on what it means to be a woman.

“At the center of sissy porn lies the a**hole, a kind of universal vagina through which femaleness can always be accessed,” said Long Chu in the book Females: A Concern.

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