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E M98T – Week 2: Rules of Decorum  16/01/2008 13:00:00 February 13 – Not going to be here; Substitute (Sarah): 1 hr discussion, 2 hour  dance lesson Office Hours: Tuesday 2-4pm (instead of 12-2pm) Week 7 Reading Assignments will be handed out Week 4 BLOG – Try responding to other students and also include your own response  (be personal and reflect using life experiences, but also draw a intellectual  thoughtfulness) Last Class – “Accomplishment” Sharing + Food + Fun Four excerpts from conduct books – why are people writing conduct books at all?  It was a hot topic to talk about how women should behave Rousseau – Emile (Published in England 1762) How education should be Founding his ideas off of how women and men are fundamentally different;  therefore education should relate to their natures; INNATE DIFFERENCES Men – active and strong Women – passive and weak; modest; should be shaped and formed to please  men, that they were made this way and their education should prepare them Male character – Emile; Female character – Sophie
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How did people conceive a gender? Next week’s Readings:  Hawkins (Female Nature – what nature is for women) Laqueur – by looking at the body, that you can define gender and how that  relates to character Poovey – Nature vs Nurture debate (what was natural for women – how it  related to sex and sexual desires) Is gender just a physiological thing? Does it matter that our bodes are a certain  way that defines our nature of gender? Nature vs Nurture argument. I. Chapone Reading –  Letters on the Improvement of the Mind, Addressed  to a Young Lady  (Led by Connor) Dualism – women must be educated and incredibly intelligent, but only to a point  (can’t be too smart) Some parts of the readings – still valid now (advice) Being polite and courteous Not acting outside of your nature – knowing when you should talk and not talk P179 our station (class, status, fortune); gender; natural abilities (capabilities) Accept what you’ve been given But if you didn’t have that natural talent (music, arts), what do you do? It is our DUTY to women to be perfect in every type of activity In the “Dedication to Mrs. Montagu” Leader of the “Blue Stocking Society” – a group of people who met and talked  about education, social improvement (socially progressive association)
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She wanted her book to be useful and helpful to at least one child (improving the  public) Happy people leads to a better society (?)
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