mystery quote: "Men like war...."

Garson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Tue May 31 19:16:54 UTC 2011

Jonathan Lighter wrote
> 2,630 websites endorse the following words (more or less) by contemporary
> novelist Lucy Ellmann (usually misspelled):
> "Men like war; they do not hold much sway over birth, so they make up for it
> with death. Unlike women, men menstruate by shedding other people's blood."
> The earliest allusion I can find is from 2001.

Google Books claims that a version of the quotation is in the
following 1996 compendium:

365 Women's Reflections on Men by Catherine M. Edmonson

The American Dialect Society -

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