Mary wollstonecraft believes that when it comes to equality, many of the Enlightenment thinkers and philosophers, stay one step behind. One of the ideals of Enlightenment is placed upon reason and how it should aim at developing
However, Sojourner Truth uses the audience’s assumptions to her advantage by pointing out that if she does not have the ability to be as smart as them then why not let her learn what she can. She states in paragraph three, “…What's that got to do with women's rights or negroes' rights? If my cup won't hold but a pint, and yours holds a quart, wouldn't you be mean not to let me have my little half measure full?” By addressing their point in her argument she shows how they are being unfair and the flaw in their plan. She knows that if they were to let the women and the African Americans go to school and learn they would realize how things should be causing things to be more
Although it turned into a radical movement in which the judgment of a housewife was reduced to that of a less than the human figure, that
According to the speech, “Well, children, where there is so much racket there must be something out of kilter.” (Truth 132) In this quote Truth uses word choice to express her perspective on democracy. In this quote the author uses words like racket which means noise and kilter with means out of balance. According to Truth, “Ain't I a woman?”
'See what Mr. Oscar Browning says, ' he would say; and there was not only Mr. Oscar Browning … there was an enormous body of masculine opinion to the effect that nothing could be expected of women intellectually” (Woolf 528). The quote provides a statement: masculine opinion alleged women to be intellectually inferior. This is not fact, just opinion. Having never broken the boundaries of male belief, women could not excel, as the patriarchal way of thinking forbid this. I see this as a matter of difference, and since Anna Quindlen is well versed in female-male relations, being a wife and mother to two boys, her view is studied.
First, it is proof that her manifesto is not to be taken too seriously. Second, she wishes to dissociate herself and her text from the official language used by the predominantly male literary establishment due to the belief that writing is indeed gendered, as Hélène Cixous argues in ‘Laugh of the Medusa’ (1976). By using terms that women are not often associated with, because they are ‘trained from an early childhood in niceness, politeness and ‘dignity’’, she demonstrates a refusal to reduce ‘her own ‘conversation’ to small talk, a bland, insipid avoidance of any topic beyond the utterly trivial’ (1967: #55). Even though satires often boast hyperboles, Solanas is extreme in her violent speech. Throughout her text, she uses violent terms such as ‘forcibly relieve,’ ‘destroy,’ ‘bust them up’ and ‘kill,’ which, I argue, are representative of her rage and frustration.
In a chapter on gender, written by Anne Fausto-Sterling, there is an argument that “Western culture is deeply committed to the idea that there are only two sexes.” That our culture can only see women as feminine, caring, soft, and emotional. While men, on the other hand, are see as aggressive, authoritative, and the breadwinner of a family. This is far from truth in other societies around the world though. Anne discusses Margaret Meed and her anthropological work with Samoans and their concepts of gender.
Mary Wollstonecraft devotes her life to feminism and “she fully believes that, if given the chance, women could be just as smart and virtuous as men are” (Shmoop Editorial Team, 2008). As a result, Mary Wollstonecraft doesn’t propose that women should be superior to men and as she wrote in From A Vindication of the Rights for Women, "I do not wish [women] to have power over men; but over themselves" (Kwatra, H.,2013). Besides, in Vindication, Mary Wollstonecraft also expresses that although women might be less physically strong than men, they shouldn’t be considered to be weaker than men totally and the reason is that physical strength is not the only point to evaluate one’s ability in modern world (Romantic Period). As a consequence, in addition
Moreover, Hooks thinks that white feminist women were also incapable of recognising their own race or ethnicity due to following the ideal norms of feminism (cited in Valentine 2007, 11-12). Though civic rights might be formally available to all, the intersection of different social categories of identities such as gender, class, ethnicity and sexuality influence to what extent people are able to exercise their rights. As the experience of a white woman and a black woman cannot be possibly compared to each other, and thus, feminism catering only to the white privileged cannot strive for equality when it does not accommodate and reflects the experiences of women of background who are facing the multifaceted oppression. Therefore, critical race theorists developed ‘intersectionality’ to describe the interconnected and interdependence of race with other social
This work is intended to influence the women in society and inspire them to expand themselves as she did, and the men who hold traditionalist views that depict women at a lower standard (POV). In document 11, Chatelet demonstrates the effort that women are capable of devoting in the name of reason, she states “ Do not reproach me for my work on translating Newton’s Principia. Never have I made a greater sacrifice to Reason.”(Doc 11). She shows that if the time and devotion is placed into to doing something, then outstanding work can be
Do not put such unlimited power in the hands of the Husbands." To which John responds, "as to your extraordinary Code of Laws, I cannot but laugh." In Abigail 's letter, she was pleading with her husband to give women not only voting rights, but other rights as well. Abigail 's appeal for women 's rights revealed that women in this society were powerless, and consequently Abigail had to implore John. Moreover, John said he could not but laugh, which portrayed Abigail 's idea as outlandish. Therefore, John 's response demonstrated unfamiliarity with the concept of women 's rights or equality; through John 's letter, the colonial man 's frame of mind, which was ignorant to the idea of women 's rights, was exposed, and women would not receive voting rights until 1920.
Sojourner Truth’s speech acknowledges black men and black women as a whole but focuses on the empowerment of women and the rights they equally deserve. She talks about the lack of logic present in inequality. David Walker was born free, but was exposed to some accounts of slavery throughout his childhood. This could indicate that he didn’t fully understand or realize the things women endured within slavery. However, Walker viewed the slaves as a whole and not through intersectionality.