A Polish feminist, who had publicly confessed her disbelief in Judaism, Ernestine Rose, opposed referring to religion when discussing women’s rights during her lecture in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1851. She claimed that human rights and freedom of women were predicated upon "the laws of humanity" and therefore, women did not require the written authority of either Paul or Moses, because "those laws and the claim are prior" to both. Rose, Ernestine. " A Troublesome Female"Archived from the original on
And by that I mean I refuse to choose between being black and being a woman. Men don't have to choose. I don't know why women have to choose. I am both equally, and I'm proud to be both. I wake up, and I don't like what they're doing to Black people, and I'm mad; I wake up, and I don't like what they're doing to women, and I'm mad” (King, February 2000)
"There are female infants and children who cannot be impregnated, there are older women who cannot be impregnated.... What the question does is try to make the problematic of reproduction central to the sexing of the body. But I am not sure that is, or ought to be, what is absolutely salient or primary in the sexing of the body." (Butler, quoted in Osborne & Segal, 1994) Thus her contention that women cannot be a unified homogeneous group is justified, as they share so much of diversity: "The very subject of women is no longer understood in stable or abiding terms."
Alisoun justifies her polyandry with Solomon of the bible, who also had multiple partners, but she fails to mention that Solomon’s carnal hunger led to him turning away from God. She even completely fabricates sources, as the quote she attributes to Ptolemy does not appear anywhere in Almagest. Towards the end when she talks about her fourth and fifth husbands, she begins to ramble and repeat herself; even losing her place several times (854). It seems like she enjoys rhetoric more than she does logic. However, these mistakes help build the Wife of Bath as a rounded and emotionally complex character, who experiences feelings of love and loss like everyone
Textual Quotation and Technique (1): “It would have been impossible, completely and entirely, for any woman to have written the plays of Shakespeare in the age of Shakespeare.” This is a persuasive strategy because Virginia states her claim and wants the reader to believe it. My Bounce: Virginia is stating her claim that women could not write anything during that time. She comes up with this claim by examining the age of Shakespeare and the declaration of a Bishop, she quotes this Bishop as evidence.
Dickinson was considered an odd and mystical woman of her time. This is due to her rejection of social norms and the isolation from the rest of the world she committed to when she was relatively young. Unlike many of her contemporaries, Dickinson chose to write about death, god, nature, love and art. During this time, all that was being written conformed to the thought that women were only meant to be wives and mothers alone. Motherhood being the only profession appropriate for women.
A nineteenth century man observing women today would be baffled by the freedoms women have. He is probably wondering, “where did we go wrong?” or “how did we let women’s rights get this far?” During the Antebellum period, white, middle class women lived to serve four purposes. Barbara Welter’s The Cult of True Womanhood, identifies these four purposes as piety, purity, submission, and domesticity.
Same situation for widowhood where no requirements are leveled at the widower while the widow is for the worship of his God (1 Tim 5: 5-7). To emphasize pn the contradiction that women should focus on internal beauty when in the meantime she is not allowed to speak, hence never having an opportunity to show her inner beauty. "Let your women keep silence in the assemblies it there is not allowed to talk about it, she must comply as required by law. If they want an explanation of some particular, they should ask their husbands at home, because it is not proper for a woman to speak in a Assembly". Once again, the Bible demonstrates remarkable
For example, Stein states in the text “Lesbians were not failed women, but actually rebels against gender inequality. If the “exchange of women” compulsory heterosexuality, was the bedrock of the sex/gender system, then women who made lives with other women were actually subverting the dominant order” (Stein 1997, p.36). Stein, expounding the notion of the lesbianist movement was superb, however, she is biased in her recounts; she utters no mention of the heterosexual men who supported the movement nor she does give credit to the gay men who dared to challenge the confines of heteronormativity, yet, they are mentioned only as afterthoughts. Stein’s lesbian identity seemed to be the compelling force behind her context, her identity exemplifies the notion of the Caucasian, middle class, woman. Similarly, with the perception of the feminist movement, the majority is a Caucasian and middle-class sector, both groups seem to undermine the importance of other
However, she does not discuss white male supremacy.” But rather discuss feminism, states that “any women who is willing to work hard, they can climb the cooperate ladder all the way to the top. Knowingly aware of the fact that not every woman wants to rise to the top.” (669) Although she is not judging women who make different choices.
Mary Wollstonecraft Breanne Charest English 100 Mary Wollstonecraft wrote for women, to prove realistic propositions that oppressed their ability to be equal among men. Woman had almost no say about their education, their choice of career path, or their rights as women. If a woman had limited access to education, she would be unprepared to educate her children – the worlds next generation. With limited resources to education and knowledge, and different views or morals, a woman could not explore options, nor could she educate her children to. Women were all expected to
This group was more confrontational and radical than the Mattachine Society or Daughters of Bilitis. They were not just for white, middle-class gay rights, but wanted justice for everyone. Lesbian feminism stemmed from the Gay Liberation Front and lesbians wanting to be involved in feminism. The National Organization of Women (NOW) did not include lesbians and “in 1969, activist and author Rita Mae Brown and two of her colleagues resigned from NOW because one leader, Betty Friedan, warned of a “lavender menace” of lesbians” (Alexander, Gibson, and Meem 74). Lesbian separatists protested Friedan’s “lavender menace”, eventually reclaiming the term and using it to promote their rights.
These philosophies made human beings, not God, the center of attention and preached that humans have free will and as individuals can accomplish great things. Skepticism caused scholars to question the authority of the Church. These developments, if only a little, freed women from the gender roles thrust on to them by the church and created a climate in which Christine could express her radical philosophies. Christine advocated for women’s rights, something few women were able to do for centuries. Simone de Beauvoir wrote that Christine’s Épître au
Essentially, marriage in the 1700’s was seen merely as a means of birthing heirs and finding a way to financially support yourself, so it resulted in both men and women being devalued. It is universally known that women were often treated as inept and helpless rather than sophisticated people with autonomy and capabilities. In fact, during this time, “married women were consistently compared with minor children and the insane-- both categories of people considered incapable of caring for themselves. To marry a woman was, in one sense, to ‘adopt’ her-- or at least to adopt responsibility for all the circumstances of life with which she entered the marriage” (Teachman 39). Furthermore, when women got married, they would legally cease to exist.