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Some reflections upon marriage

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The 18th century was a wealth of knowledge, exploration and rapidly growing technology and expanding record-keeping made possible by advances in the printing press. In its determination to preserve the century of revolution, Gale initiated a revolution of its own: digitization of epic proportions to preserve these invaluable works in the largest archive of its kind. Now ...more
Unknown Binding, 128 pages
Published January 28th 1970 by Source Book Press (first published 1700)
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Deborah Markus
Sep 05, 2015 Deborah Markus rated it liked it
Shelves: research, classic
A Translation For Ye Moderne Reader:

Dear Women:

Bad news. It's England in the seventeenth century, and men are the boss of us. And they're not being coy about it, either. There's so much to say about this I could go on all day, but let's talk about what that means when you get married. If you get married.

We're, like, centuries away from ever being able to divorce. Once you marry a guy, you're stuck with him. Plus he's pretty much allowed to treat you however he wants once he's your husband. Peopl
Feb 12, 2012 Angel rated it really liked it
Mary Astell states her case boldly and without remorse in a time where women hid reluctantly in their husband's shadows, having no voice of their own. She declares that love and marriage are basically a means of entrapment for women, who become glorified slaves to their husbands.It was a very interesting read! She was most definately a woman ahead of her time.
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Wow. I mean, wow! Astell has such a progressive mind, for her time, and argues so clearly her points, that any other view than those she puts forth for women's rights seem both irrational and cruel. Reflections is both a fascinating look at a woman ahead of her time and a study in great debate. I was enthralled.
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I read this for no reason. It's no longer going to be on the midterm. It was okay. I liked the opening paragraph the best.
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Mary Astell was an English feminist writer. Her advocacy of equal educational opportunities for women has earned her the title "the first English feminist."

Few records of Mary Astell's life have survived. As biographer Ruth Perry explains, "as a woman she had little or no business in the world of commerce, politics, or law. She was born, she died; she owned a small house for some years; she kept a
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