My resistance came in part out of fear of encountering some enraging sexist statement that would remind me of our past and current state in the world.
At this point, I can recognize the value of these works as vital for our culture to grow on.
Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself than this incessant business. Henry David Thoreau