In ‘The Ugliness of Women’, ‘JHR’ (thought to be an electrical engineer named John Hall Rider) describes the horrified recoil he has always felt from beautiful women. He explains his strong response by arguing that “in every woman born there is a seed of terrible, unmentionable evil: evil such as man — a simple creature for all his passions and lusts — could never dream of in the most horrible of nightmares, could never conceive in imagination.” He asserts that the evil to which he refers in his article is “so subtle in expression that only a beautiful face can transmit it.”..
.. JHR invited readers of the Adelphi to offer a better explanation for his revulsion from beautiful women; Lawrence took up this challenge with great enthusiasm, using startling imagery and strong words to make his point ..
.. Lawrence notes that “The hideousness he [JHR] sees is the reflection of himself, and of the automatic meat-lust with which he approaches another individual,” and he ends his riposte on an extraordinarily enlightened and forward-thinking note: “Even the most “beautiful” woman is still a human creature. If he [JHR] approached her as such, as a being instead of as a piece of lurid meat, he would have no horrors afterwards.”
From a D. H. Lawrence quote found recently in an unpublished manuscript dating back to the 1920s .