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A Vindication of the Rights of Men; A Vindication of the Rights of Woman; An Historical and Moral View of the French Revolution
A Vindication of the Rights of Men; A Vindication of the Rights of Woman; An Historical and Moral View of the French Revolution | Mary Wollstonecraft, Janet Todd
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This volume brings together the major political writings of Mary Wollstonecraft in the order in which they appeared in the revolutionary 1790s. It traces her passionate and indignant response to the excitement of the early days of the French Revolution and then her uneasiness at its later bloody phase. It reveals her developing understanding of women's involvement in the political and social life of the nation and her growing awareness of the relationship between politics and economics and between political institutions and the individual. In personal terms, the works show her struggling with a belief in the perfectibility of human nature through rational education, a doctrine that became weaker under the onslaught of her own miserable experience and the revolutionary massacres. Janet Todd's introduction illuminates the progress of Wollstonecraft's thought, showing that a reading of all three works allows her to emerge as a more substantial political writer than a study of The Rights of Woman alone can reveal.
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TrishB Great minds👍🏻 I‘ll put my thinking cap back on. 4y
batsy Nice pick! 4y
rohit-sawant 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼🖤 4y
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Not sure how I feel about this: I‘d like to think that now that society acknowledges the options outside heteronormativity and monogamy, this may no longer be the case?

Lauredhel I agree that we need to shake off the compulsory versions of both. And I think that friendship -love can be achieved within monogamy also. Where there is true trust and respect, fear and jealousy cannot take hold. 4y
CarolynM I think this is nonsense. Many great loves are founded on friendship. And I agree with @Lauredhel 's point. 4y
mspixieears @Lauredhel @carolynm oh! absolutely! As a queer person, my friendships with other queers are so special, sustaining and nourishing, and they feel just as important as romantic relationships. Especially as a romantic partner can‘t be everything to a single person, it just seems like so much to ask a person in your life to do? (short version: in agreement with you both) 4y
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mspixieears

Ignorance is a frail base for virtue!
p133

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mspixieears
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Sigh, not bloody fair. In some ways, not much has changed (speaking as a woman of colour).

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mspixieears
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Unbelievable.

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mspixieears
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Please let me finish this before I die, I‘ve read bits and pieces of it as an undergrad and really want to get through the whole thing! Fance, as ever, faithful reading companion.

Suet624 👏🏼👏🏼😂😂 you can do it! 4y
mspixieears @Suet624 thank you! I‘m determined to :) 4y
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A man of sense may only have a cast of countenance that wears off as you trace his individuality, whilst the weak, common man has scarcely ever any character, but what belongs to the body…

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mspixieears
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indeed…can‘t help but think of the old man in his tower with small hands eating cheeseburgers while the telly drones on…

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some spicy femmo takes for my Monday morning :o

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Experience, I believe, will shew that sordid interest, or licentious thoughtlessness, is the spring of action at most elections.
(Vind. of the Rights of Man, p35)

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mspixieears
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learning a new word! also: could be a great name for Trump‘s shade of spray tan, hehehe

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mspixieears
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In pursuit of wealth, who benefits?

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mspixieears
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…still painfully relevant.

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what an elected member of parliament is supposed to do - help its people.

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When education of the ‘vulgar‘ mind can be a double-edged sword, leading to ‘vice‘ or excesses as coping mechanisms.

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Those who work too hard in body (due to oppression by affluent classes) cannot seek to improve their minds even if they wanted to.

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