It's become fashionable, for white men in particular, it seems, to hate on John Updike, presumably on the grounds of his being sexist and maybe racist, and all that being a successful, white, well-off male writer presumably entails. Upon questioning, at least some of these haters reveal they have read little to no Updike. I think it's fine, to a degree, to object to a writer on philosophical grounds without having to read their full oeuvre; you don't always have to experience something firsthand before you can come to an opinion. But these same men seem to have no problem with sexist Hollywood movies like Drive and The Hangover, in fact deriving great pleasure from them. This leads me to believe that many liberal-minded white men are not fully capable of recognizing sexism on their own; instead they feel obligated to agree with David Foster Wallace. The thing is, it's OK to like both Updike and DFW, or, better yet, some of DFW's work and some of Updike's work, but not all of either of their collected works. That's where I stand and it doesn't create any weird feelings of discomfort or cognitive dissonance.
If you're instinctively repulsed by John Updike and think I've got it wrong, please enlighten me: Whence the hatin'?