A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

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Writing in an age when the call for the rights of man had brought revolution to America and France, Mary Wollstonecraft produced her own declaration of female independence in 1792. Passionate and forthright, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman attacked the prevailing view of docile, decorative femininity, and instead laid out the principles of emancipation- an equal education for girls and boys, an end to prejudice, and for women to become defined by their profession, not their partner. Mary Wollstonecraft's work was received with a mixture of admiration and outrage - Walpole called her 'a hyena in petticoats' - yet it established her as the mother of modern feminism.
Publisher: London : Penguin, 2004
Edition: Rev. ed. --
ISBN: 9780141441252
Characteristics: lxxx, 269 p. --
Additional Contributors: Brody, Miriam 1940-


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Dec 03, 2018

An extremely engaging book to read - nearly every sentence trips along and uses an entrancing blend of precision and metaphors. The arguments, where they are discernible, are brief, really only a few sentences long, often contained in two paragraphs. Much of the rest is exposition (bordering on caricature), complaint, and energetic condemnation. No index.
A special mention must be made of the lengthy introduction - a whopping seventy pages! (the work itself is only about 240 pages) Its packed to the hilt with overwrought blathering and pretentious waffling and gives the information about the author, her circumstances, and the intellectual milieu in which the work was composed. But all that could have been done in twenty pages.

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