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mobi ¿ doc A Vindication of the Rights of Woman 9781784870393 Free  Vintage Feminism classic feminist texts in short formWITH AN INTRODUCTION BY ZOE WILLIAMS The term feminism did not yet exist when Mary Wollstonecraft wrote this book but it was the first great piece of feminist writing In these pages you will fY Her work made the first ripples of what would later become the tidal wave of the women’s rights movement Rationalist but revolutionary Wollstonecraft changed the world for wom This work of literature is particularly significant because of when it was written Published in 1792 it is often referenced as being the founding text or manifesto of Western feminism The author was writing in reaction to contemporary Enlightenment philosophers who had extolled the use of reason for determining proper political and social reforms but had failed to properly consider the role of women Mary Wollstonecraft in her writing was concerned that some of these age of reason writers had incorrectly ie failed to use reason in determining the proper role of women Many of these writers had suggested that women should only concern themselves with domestic affairs and stay out of the political arena In her response she acknowledged she herself was critical of the prevailing behavior of many women but she maintained that their undesirable behavior was a product of their lack of correct eduction and social and cultural expectations imposed on themWollstonecraft maintained that women will be either the companions of men or their slaves She believed that in a true age of reason men and women should be companions adhering to the same truths and moral values She also thought it was important that women be well educated to enable them to teach their children to become good citizens It is my understanding that most intellectuals responded favorably to this book when it was first published However later hostility to the work arose because of the demise of the author’s reputation caused by her husband’s memoirs published about her life In this memoir he mention her freuent disregard of traditional 18th century morality In that regard she was ahead of her time in than one wayThe writing style is obviously a product of late 18th century vocabulary and social concerns In particular her freuent used of the words “sensibility” and “virtue” reuire some elaboration for a 21st century reader I’m not sure I’m ualified to clarify their meanings but I’ll provide my general impressions It seemed to me that “sensibility” as used by this author refers to susceptibility for having emotional feelings and when applied to women those feelings are often irrational With regard to the word “virtue” I was also bothered by what the author meant when she at one point admitted that “men seem to be designed by Providence to attain a greater degree of virtue” In this context she must be including physical strength as part of what constitutes virtue During a discussion of this book with Great Books KC it was pointed out to me that the word virtue comes from the Latin root vir for man Thus the early definition for virtue was manliness or valor Over time it settled into the sense of moral excellence Thus Wollstonecraft may have been influenced by her knowledge of the word's origins when she made the statement uoted aboveAnother thought I've had about this book is that it's kind of like the Bible It contains so much varied narrative that by selectively choosing certain uotations a reader can come to a variety of contradictory conclusions This is apparent in the Wikipedia article about the book There have been a variety of commentary's written about the book's contents that have reached differing interpretations One interesting issue to note is that Wollstonecraft was not sufficiently extreme in her call for women's rights to fit the definition of feminism as it later evolved Thus my statement in the first paragraph of this review about it being the founding manifesto of the feminist movement needs an asterisk explaining that not all feminist would be comfortable with that characterization

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Vintage Feminism classic feminist texts in short formWITH AN INTRODUCTION BY ZOE WILLIAMS The term feminism did not yet exist when Mary Wollstonecraft wrote this book but it was t Wollstonecraft is not passionate; she does not offer any inspiring words or flowery language Wollstonecraft writes with no embellishment or artistry; yet her words are commanding and exceedingly persuasive because what she does have is cold hard logic And she knows it “My own sex I hope will excuse me if I treat them like rational creatures instead of flattering their fascinating graces and viewing them as if they were in a state of perpetual childhood unable to stand alone” She refused to appeal to the sensibilities and imaginations of her readers Instead she wished to display her rational intellect an intellect free of flights of fancy and one that had the ability to access the situation in all its reality She argued that women in their current state had no means of proving their worth She believed that women were physically inferior to men but in terms of intellect they were eual and that they so desperately needed a noble edifying pursuit in which to show this Wollstonecraft offers many compelling arguments in here though for me her most logical pertains to human progress; she argues that without education it will simply stop a very true point Humanity needs to continue to develop but this is impossible if only half of humanity is educated She argues that women cannot teach their children if they in turn are not educated How can she impart any wisdom or teach any sense of patriotism if she has not learnt to love mankind? Wollstonecraft believed that the key to overturning sexism began and ended with education “Strengthen the female mind by enlarging it and there will be an end to blind obedience”Due to the lack of education women recieved Wollstonecraft suggests that they have been rendered wretched and weak They are merely classified as females rather than members of mankind She wants to see women take on manly ualities well traits associated with manhood She wanted to break the oppressive gender boundaries that limited the faculty of her sex As such she was satirised by many novelists and critics for being manly herself The ironic thing is that such a label only serves to achieve what she is arguing for She wanted women to be many to be eual to men However Wollstonecraft was at times very condescending towards women Whilst she does not blame them for their predicament that blame lays at the door of the patriarchy and men in general she does chastise them for not trying to break through their shackles Though what she fails to recognise is that for many women they do not have the benefit of looking beyond earning enough money to get through the week and looking after their families Wollstonecraft is distinctively middle class and as such at times she lacks the ability to empathise with the reality of the situation some women will find themselves in She also undervalues the lessons and teachings uneducated people can still pass on to their children the value of hard work and honesty for example Such minor issues with her writing by no means downplay the power and logic behind her arguments arguments that would go on to inspire the next generation of writers including her daughter and her daughter’s husband no doubt I also noticed some very particular phrasing that was later mirrored almost verbatim in Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre Wollstonecraft’s ideas were carried further by a medium she deplored the novel She really underestimated its power as a learning device Wollstonecraft is certainly a powerful literary figure to be admired and this as a seminal work in the development of feminism is certainly a work of undying success and potency

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A Vindication of the Rights of WomanHe first great piece of feminist writing In these pages you will find the essence of her argument – for the education of women and for an increased female contribution to societ Idly I wondered if to kiss the rod in the context of women's behaviour after being chastised by her husband was meant to be a double entendre but probably not as she is high minded but luckily I made my idle observation in a dejected off hand way because later she says Respect for man as man is the foundation of every noble sentiment How much modest is the libertine who obeys the call of appetite or fancy than the lewd joker who sets the table in a roar p232 so shame on you if you were tempted to smile at the thought of rod kissingI did allow myself to be intimidated in to putting off reading this book which has been languishing on the shelf since last year despite reading her impressively passionate Letters Written During a Short Residence in Sweden Norway and Denmark in part by the terrifying title vindication rights woman All suggestive of great earnestness and grappling with fundamental issues small wonder I plead that I allowed myself to be distracted by lascivious and light hearted reading Though plainly Mary W is also an absolutely sweet person and if one was through odd circumstances transported back in time to 1790s London one would be sure to drag her in off the street from the rain push her into an armchair by the fire give her tea view spoiler only though with sugar not made by slave labour hide spoiler