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Unformatted text preview: 2/26 Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) • Important not for her critique of Burke but because her writing contained powerful ideas of society and gender • Right of Men – takes on Burke directly o Defends purpose of the French Revolution and attacks Burkes attack on the French Rev. • Argued for an end to: monarchy, excessive aristocratic privilege, slavery, standing armies, and the death penalty • Wrote Rights of Women two years later o I t was an argument for profound social change o I t argued that women are intellectual and moral equals of men and that other than obvious anatomical differences they are the same o We do observe differences in men and women Women are more likely to be illiterate, not own property Observed differences were based on social restrictions (social environment-belief system) embedded in cultural/political system Obvious restriction=denial of education o All human beings have fundamental commonality (all have souls) common capacity for reason, virtue, and knowledge but the doors were closed for women This hurt all people even men o Argued men and women should be educated together o Gender separation is restrictive and produces ignorance in both men and women o...
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- Fall '08
- profound social change, individual freedom Freedom, obvious anatomical differences, property Observed differences, deviant opinion