Excerpt from Essays on Woman's True Destiny: Responsibilities and Rights, as the Mother of the Human Race I do not think, gentlemen, I can offer you a greater mark of my high respect, for your noble and philanthropic characters, how far I consider you above the narrow selfish prejudices which govern society. I want to attract your attention on a subject, the most important, in the present times; for as Condorcet says, on the last page of his "Sketch of an historical picture of the progress of the human mind," "The next ...
Excerpt from Essays on Woman's True Destiny: Responsibilities and Rights, as the Mother of the Human Race I do not think, gentlemen, I can offer you a greater mark of my high respect, for your noble and philanthropic characters, how far I consider you above the narrow selfish prejudices which govern society. I want to attract your attention on a subject, the most important, in the present times; for as Condorcet says, on the last page of his "Sketch of an historical picture of the progress of the human mind," "The next step in progress, is to restore woman to her rights and dignity." Open the eyes of woman. Let her know herself and her true destinies. Then she will cease to be a slave. Then man will be as anxious to cleanse his hands from the past, as woman to resume her natural position as the mother of mankind. Then man will cease to fear having something to lose (his dear domineering) in industrial and domestic association. Woman will easily perceive that it is the means for her to step into heir natural sphere, in both her sexual and maternal connections with man, which are perfectly subverted in the present state of society. But as long as woman thinks herself a pretty little thing, intended for the sexual gratification of man, whose entire duties and resources in this world are only to please him any how; she will be busy at making herself a pretty plaything, and nothing else. Then she will be made to believe any thing - that white is black and black is white! i.e. "That you promulgate abominable principles, conducive to the overthrow, of the divine bonds of morals in society," and many more big words, which will frighten her so much the more, as she will not understand their true bearing. She will oppose you with all her might. The men will say that their women are most against it, and will laugh in their sleeves. For as long as the spirit of domineering, which has been nursed for thousands of years in man, and caused so much evil under all sorts of shapes and forms to the human family, I say as long as it can grasp it will hold on. How very few American Republicans do not cherish in their hearts, that saying of a Branch wood cutter, "Dans ma cabane je suis Roi!" As long as coersive duties are substituted for sympathetic attractions, never expect harmony, never expect happiness in this incessantly clashing society; it would be better to live isolatedly hidden in forests or in some holes in rocks. Do not believe, gentlemen, that it is a propensity to what is commonly termed licentiousness, which makes me feel indignant at the bonds in which woman is craftily entramelled and degraded! No. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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