It can be very dismissive, to the degree of disgust, towards men who are perceived to be more feminine in their mannerisms.
It actually describes them as disgusting, which is obviously NOT GOOD, and transphobic.
And the attitudes towards women wanting equality (I mean, how dare they?!) are clearly that of a narrow-minded, and fairly misogynistic, man from the 1950s. Sorry, I call them as I see them.
BUT, for all that: this is a good book. And it was an exceptionally important stepping stone for diversity.
I'm not giving it carte blanche for jerkiness, this book was written in the 1950s, and it bl**dy well shows.
But I will be looking out for more James Baldwin books - once I've recovered from the feels after what happened to poor Giovanni. *Sniffles*
Oh, and quick warning: there's a lot of implied sexual assault, and some implied rape.
There are also some male/female sex scenes. And I think there might've been swearing? Maybe? I really need to pay more attention to these things...
So that's Giovanni's Room - not a perfect book, by any means, but an important one, and largely worth the read - the writing is quality, and the offensiveness is annoying and harmful, but brief (thank God.)