Mary Astell: Feminism In Eighteenth Century

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2.1 Feminism In the beginning of 11th century women were bound to the religious roots even they had degraded status in churches as Christianity does not allowed them to speak in churches.Hidegard of Bingn, who was born at the end of 11th century and became a nun, later she was known as remarkable and impressive writer but she was plagued with the doubts about her unfeminine activities, she turned to womanly, and specifically maternal experiences and wrote of the Motherhood of God, she writes when a mother offers her weeping child milk, some religion women imagine the infant as Jesus. Later came Margery kempe,a writer who gave an account of her own life. She came up against the painful aspects of motherhood. She was ill all through her first pregnancy and depressed after painful birth of child even she became near to kill herself but she was comforted only ,when she recalls a husband by the vision of Christ.After 14th pregnancy Margery found out the way to deal with her husband demanding that if he stop insisting on sex, she will pay off that feelings of kindness and asked him to forgo her strict Friday fast to eat and drink. He agreed but with irony that” May your body be as freely available to God as it has been to me”. In 15th Century well known…show more content…
Mary Astell was one of the active feminists who throughout time acknowledged the shared problems.In her first book “ A serious Proposal to the Ladies”urging other women to be serious that they must learn to think for them self,to develop their own minds. Mary Wollstonecraft, the great of feminists brought awareness through her writing.Her novel”Vindication of Rights of Women” was published in 1792.Olympe de Gouges issued, “ Declaration of rights of women and female citizen” arguing clearly that women is born free and equal to

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