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The Vindications: The Rights of Men and the Rights of Woman (2 in 1)

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The works of Mary Wollstoncraft (1759-1797) ranged from the early Thoughts on the Education of Daughters to The Female Reader, a selection of texts for girls, and included two novels. But her reputation is founded on A Vindication of the Rights of Woman of 1792. This treatise is the first great document of feminism and is now accepted as a core text in western tradition. I ...more
Paperback, 488 pages
Published June 16th 1997 by Broadview Press (first published July 6th 1995)
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Vindication of the Rights of Man, Wollstonecraft's lesser known essay, was a polemical response to Edmund Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France, which in itself was a critical response to the political motivations behind the French Revolution. The central issues that Wollstonecraft takes with Burke's book is the way in which it seems to advocate inequality, further oligarchic control, and dismiss the popular reason of the Enlightenment as an irrational and reckless response to (what Bu ...more
At the moment, what has struck me the most about Wollstonecraft's Vindications is the following excerpt:

"I am aware of an obvious inference: - from every quarter have I heard exclamations against masculine women; but where are they to be found? If by this appellation men mean to inveigh against their ardour in hunting, shooting, and gaming, I shall most cordially join in the cry; but if it be against the imitation of manly virtues, or, more properly speaking, the attainment of those talent and v
Free the nipple, etc.
It was alright.

Pretty tricky to read being written in 1792 and written rather erratically and inconcisely with a metaphysical tone I admit I didn't or couldn't always follow. Clearly there have been some leaps in women's rights since this publication, so some, but not all, of the views here I believe to be slightly outdated with respect to modern Western society.

I found these arguments (Chapter 5 of AVotRoW onwards) slightly repetitive to read, despite their rather pleasantly vivacious syntax.

Craig J.
Wollstonecraft: A Vindication of the Rights of Men and a Vindication of the Rights of Woman and Hints (Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought) by Mary Wollstonecraft (1995)
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A tedious read so far. I've started this book several times. I don't know if I will ever get though it or if it's worth the effort. It certainly would expand my vocabulary.
Whereas I taught this book for a class this semester, it really spoke to me more than it ever had before with great insights.
written at the end of the 1700's still suprisingly relevent to todays world.
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Mary Wollstonecraft was an eighteenth century British writer, philosopher, and feminist. Among the general public and specifically among feminists, Wollstonecraft's life has received much more attention than her writing because of her unconventional, and often tumultuous, personal relationships. After two ill-fated affairs, with Henry Fuseli and Gilbert Imlay, Wollstonecraft married the philosophe ...more
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