Unformatted text preview: opportunities within society. She cites an instance in which a woman neglected her duties in life and laid complacent on her sofa, content with her role. Such a woman, Wollstonecraft believes, is just as irrational as certain Roman emperors, depraved by her “power” by fulfilling such a role. She believes that the prevailing attitude within society is that women should be subjected in such a manner simply because it has always been so, and for the most part, women are deluded by this notion. However, she believes that even if it were possible to prove woman’s inferiority to man, fulfilling woman’s current role would only make them even weaker than nature had intended. The way to change this is to contest man’s “divine rights” by showing the intellectual equality of the two genders....
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- Spring '08
- Mary Wollstonecraft, Tonja Olive Summary, David Dreisin Freedom, certain Roman emperors