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Plato's Republic: book V- what is community? “discourse should have a limit” For men born and educated like our citizens, the only way, in my opinion, of arriving at a right conclusion about the possession and use of women and children is to follow the path on which we originally started, when we said that the men were to be the guardians and watchdogs of the herd. suppose the birth and education of our women to be subject to similar or nearly similar regulations -if women have same duties as men, they should be treated the same everybody was to do the one work suited to his own nature we never meant when we constructed the State, that the opposition of natures should extend to every difference, but only to those differences which affected the pursuit in which the individual is engaged
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Unformatted text preview: -there is no special faculty of administration in a state which a woman has because she is a woman, or which a man has by virtue of his sex, but the gifts of nature are alike diffused in both; all the pursuits of men are the pursuits of women also, but in all of them a woman is inferior to a man Men and women alike possess the qualities which make a guardian; they differ only in their comparative strength or weakness Then let the wives of our guardians strip, for their virtue will be their robe, and let them share in the toils of war and the defence of their country; only in the distribution of labours the lighter are to be assigned to the women, who are the weaker natures, but in other respects their duties are to be the same philosopher king...
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