Unformatted text preview: allowed to participate in business and politics, and were expected to keep their thoughts to themselves in order to stay as demure as possible. I am appalled at Tocqueville’s preference for women in America because the women of his country (France) seemed to be able to control men, and the world would surely come to an end if women were in charge! Reading things like this makes me glad that I live in America today where, though still not entirely equal to men, I still have my rights and am allowed to stand up for them, no matter how much it angers the closest male....
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- Sociology, Age of Enlightenment, Alexis De Tocqueville