Summary Of Mary Wollstonecraft's Vindication Of The Rights Of Woman

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Wollstonecraft’s Vindication of the Rights of Woman
Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Woman was written during the period of French Revolution in late 1970s. Here she argues about the importance of women in the society by analyzing the inauthentic aspect of the women, which makes them mysterious, graceful, weak, and childlike. For Wollstonecraft, reason is essential for development of virtuous nature, and comes from the education. As a result being deprived of education and constantly being shaped by the culture, women lack rationality. Society always looks at women with a special eye, which is not the case for men. Wollstonecraft’s’ message to all the women is to come out of their culturally constructed state, avoid being elegant, examine their inherent nature, and be rationale.
Wollstonecraft is heavily inspired by Rousseau, and embraces his commitments to be independent and free. Even though she speaks of women as separate from herself, but she does not compliment them, instead reprimand them for failing limiting their goals till marriage. She condemns women for wasting all their energy in beauty, marriage and children. Even today, if a woman is not married, in the eyes of the society that woman is not a
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She goes further to define society’s definition of being masculine and feminine; masculine means intelligent and strong while feminine was equated with delicacy. Women are beautiful, thus they are physically weak compared to men; for Wollstonecraft the only thing needed is moral goodness and not physical strength. Gendered behavior is affected by what education and experience one gets, and not with what is inherent to them. Yes, women are sensitive, they cry easily on anything that hurts them, but even men cry seldomly. Maybe it is culture that compels or teaches men to not be like women, preventing them from being
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