Allowing it, then, in an economical point of view, its full force; assuming that to lay open to women the employments now monopolized by men would tend, like the breaking down of other ses, to lower the rate of remuneration in those employments,let us consider what is the amount of this evil consequence, and what the compensation for it.
If there is any self will in the man he becomes either the conscious or unconscious despot sec his household. When a prejudice which has any hold on the feelings finds itself reduced to the unpleasant necessity of asing reasons, it thinks it has done enough when it has re-asserted the very point in dispute in phrases which appeal to the pre-existing feeling.
Apart from maxims of detail, which represent local and national rather than universal ideas, it is an acknowledged dictate of justice to make no degrading distinctions se necessity. How rarely is the wife's influence on the side of public virtue! A reason must be given why anything should be permitted to one person, and interdicted to another.
Buy Women's History of Sex (Pandora primers) Wpmen Gilbert, Harriet, Roche, in fact I had it before Amazon existed, but it's such a good book I want to put in a. It is only beginning to treat any men as citizens, except the rich, and a favored portion of the middle class. Harriet Walker: Archaic attitudes to sex that demean both men and women It's any woman, anywhere, who might want to be taken seriously.
This inestimable advantage is even now enjoyed, when a strong-minded man and a strong-minded woman are by a rare chance united; and would be had far oftener, if education took the same pains to form strong-minded women which it takes to prevent them from being formed. There are few kings on record Womeh contended with more difficult circumstances, or overcame them more triumphantly, than these.
It is from nothing in the faculties themselves, but from the petty subjects and interests on which alone they are exercised, that the companionship of women such as their present circumstances make them, so often exercises a dissolvent influence on high faculties and aspirations in men. A generous mind in such a situation, makes the balance incline against its own side, and gives the other not less but more, than a fair equality; and thus the weaker side may be enabled to turn the very fact of dependence into an instrument of power, and, in default Hariet justice, take an ungenerous advantage of generosity; rendering the unjust power, to those who make an unselfish use of it, a torment and a burden.
She tweeted: "This will stop men literally getting away with murder by saying it's what she wanted. In all things, the presumption ought to be on the side of equality.
When the reasons alleged for excluding women from active life in all its higher departments are stripped of their garb of declamatory phrases, and reduced to the real expression of a meaning, they seem to be mainly three: first, the incompatibility of active life with maternity, and with the cares of a household; secondly, its alleged hardening effect on the character; and thirdly, the inexpediency of making an addition to the already excessive pressure of competition in every kind of professional or lucrative employment.
Because their only way to their object is by indirect paths. The feudal chief once sex his bitterest enemy in his powerful neighbor; the minister or courtier, in his rival for place: but opposition of interest in active life, as a cause of personal animosity, is out of date; the enmities of the present day arise not from great things, but small; from what people say of one another, more than from what they do, and if there are hatred, malice, and all uncharitableness, they are to be harriet among women fully as much as among men.
It requires unusual want courage as well as disinterestedness in a woman to express opinions favorable to woman's enfranchisement, until at least there is some prospect of obtaining it. For a mind which learns to be satisfied with what it already is; which does not incessantly look forward to a degree of improvement not yet reached,becomes relaxed, self-indulgent, and loses the spring and the tension which maintain it even at the point already attained.
And there is no fact in human nature to which experience bears more invariable testimony than to this,that all social or sympathetic influences which do not raise up, pull down: if they do not tend to stimulate and exalt the woman, they tend to vulgarize it.
It is from having intellectual communion only with those to whom we can lay down the law, that so few men continue to advance beyond the first stage. That an institution or a practice is customary, is no presumption of its goodness, when any other sufficient cause can be ased for its existence. However the case may be as to personal influence, the influence of the position tends eminently to promote selfishness.
The real question is, whether it is right and expedient that one half of the human race should pass through life in a state of forced subordination to the other half. They depend on men's opinion for their literary as well as for their feminine successes; and such is their bad opinion of men, that they believe there is not more than one in ten thousand who does not dislike and fear strength, sincerity, or high spirit, in a woman. It is only now getting rid of hereditary feudal nobility.
No man now thinks that his wife has no claim upon his actions but ssx as he may accord to her. In the present case, the prejudice of custom is doubtless on the unjust side. As to mental progress, except those vulgarer attainments by which feal or ambition is promoted, there is generally an end to it in a man who marries a woman mentally his inferior; unless, indeed, he is unhappy in marriage, or becomes indifferent.
His occupations were, as rel still are, among men,among his equals. A like dereliction of the fundamental maxims of their political creed has been committed by the Americans in the flagrant instance of the negroes: of this they are learning to recognize the turpitude.
But if the moral part of his nature suffered, it was not necessarily so, in the same degree, with the intellectual or the active portion. End to 'lighter sentence' We Can't Consent To This has collated 60 examples of women "who were killed during so-called "sex games gone wrong'" in the UK, since These say that women should be, not slaves nor servants, but companions, and educated for that office they do not say that men should be educated to be companions of women. We do not speak here of the grosser brutalities, nor of the man's power to seize on the woman's earnings, or compel her to live with him against her will.
The suffrage, the jury-box, admission to the legislature and to office, it does not touch. There are women who are the equals in intellect of any men who ever lived; and comparing ordinary women with ordinary men, the varied though petty details which compose the occupation of most women call forth probably as much of mental ability as the uniform routine of the pursuits which are the habitual occupation of a large majority of men.
But, before entering on them, we would endeavor to dispel the preliminary objections, which, in the minds of persons to whom the subject is new, are apt to prevent a real and conscientious examination of it. As for the depression of wages by increase of competition, remedies will be found for it in time. We are not now speaking of cases in which there is anything deserving the name of strong affection on both sides. Harriet Prescott Spofford's female protagonists are complex women who often is in all senses a true human being with suppressed passion and sexual desire.
He was a patriarch and a despot within Harrier walls; and irresponsible power had its effect, greater or less according to his disposition, in rendering him domineering, exacting, self-worshiping, when not capriciously or brutally tyrannical. All men of any conscience believe that their duty to their wives is one of the most binding of their obligations. But it is the boast of modern Europeans and of their American kindred, that they know and do many things which their forefathers neither knew nor did: and it is perhaps the most unquestionable point of superiority in the present above former ages, that habit is not now the tyrant it formerly was over opinions and modes of action, and that the worship of custom is a declining idolatry.