I mean stop evaluating a great writer from your petty standards. Do you expect a writer to be a person belonging to Statistics Office who has all the details in support of his/her theories ?If that's the case then what's preventing the guys from Statistics Office to turn into writers ?
Let's realize that good writers belong to a higher plane of consciousness,who come to present thoughts in black and white only after certain observations which they may or may not substantiate with dull loads of facts.
Again, I am not saying treat their versions as gospel truth but then what's the need to be so cynical about their findings in a hurried fashion ? I do not entertain the fact that great writers ever enter in generalization.It would be indeed naive to assume that all the epics/novels written by the "greats" are critical in portrayal of female characters just because they have been penned by men !!! No. That's not true.They have been critical only after they had found enough reasons to do so.
Their essence which appear as "generalization"in our eyes is,in fact ,representative of their meditative wisdom or better call it intuitive wisdom.Do you think female characters that have appeared in the plays of Kalidas,Tulsidas, Bharthari ,Shaw and Shakespeare have been by product of their generalized or casual understanding of the females ? I don't think so nor I wish to appear as chosen fool by believing so.
In my eyes both positive and negative attributes unfolded by these great writers like Kalidasa,Tulsidas ,Shaw and Shakespeare are genuine and authentic.Let's first develop a proper mind to grasp the essence portrayed in their writings.There is no point in entertaining a flawed view that when they deal with women all they tend to unfold are "generalizations".
If Tulsidasji can carve such a nonpareil female figure in form of Sri Sitaji that has attained a glorious position in the history of female characters the world has seen till date then I have no reason to doubt that when he entered in the criticism of women he did that in mindless manner!
Like to end my take on the whole issue with this quote of Shaw : 'Women upset everything. When you let them into your life, you find that the woman is driving at one thing and you're driving at another.'
Now contrast this quote the against the backdrop of present day happening when modern relationships between men and women are increasingly becoming dependent on verdict of court !!!!!
Moral Of This Article : Generalizations are no longer generalizations when great writers make it part of their experience.
Shakuntala of Kalidas