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The Subjection of Women

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The renowned and influential essay by the great English philosopher argues for equality in all legal, political, social and domestic relations between men and women. Carefully reasoned and clearly expressed with great logic and consistency, the work remains today a landmark in the important struggle for human rights.
Paperback, 124 pages
Published February 23rd 2000 by Broadview Press (first published 1869)
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muaad alqaydy
يقع في ٤ فصول
-الاول عن قانون القوة الذي بنيت عليه العلاقة بين الجنسين من القديم.
-الثاني عن أوضاع الزوج ومدى تعرض الزوجات للظلم الصارخ، وأنه لا يوجد كائن بشري فُرض عليه الرضى بالظلم سوى النساء،وأنهن أجبرن حتى الاقتناع أن دورهن في الحياة محصور في إرضاء الرجل وتلبية مراده.
ويقول أنه لا يوجد نموذج مقارب لمدى الظلم الواقع على النساء،إلا نموذج الرق الذي تم إلغاؤه،بل رق النساء أشد، أنهن ملزمات بالطاعة ٢٤ ساعة.
-الثالث عن عمل المرأة، وأنه ليس هناك أي عمل يؤديه الرجل لا يمكن للمرأة تأديته، وأن كل الحجج ع...more
Wealhtheow
Jun 25, 2008 Wealhtheow rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Wealhtheow by: reading Mill for sociology
I need to reread this someday. But for now, a quote: "What is now called the nature of women is an eminently artificial thing — the result of forced repression in some directions, unnatural stimulation in others....in the case of women, a hot-house and stove cultivation has always been carried on of some of the capabilities of their nature, for the benefit and pleasure of their masters. Then, because certain products of the general vital force sprout luxuriantly and reach a great development in...more
سمية التركي

الكتابُ قيّم, وفي غاية الترتيب, لكنّي عانيت في قراءته بسبب الترجمة؛ بعض الفِقر تأتي فيها الفِكرة مشوّهة غاية الصّعوبة, وحين أعيد قراءاتها أكتشف أن الفِكرة غاية الوضوح لكنّ الترجمة أبعدتها وعقّدتها.
الكتاب جاء في أربعة فصول:
الفصل الأول: قانون القوة
يقول ميل فيه: لا يمكن أنْ نجعل من طبيعة المرأة مبررا لبقائها في البيت للإنجابِ والزواج, ونحرمها مما سوى ذلك من الوظائف الأخرى والأعمال بحجة أنها مخالفةٌ لما فُطرتْ عليه, فبالتجربةِ وحدها نستطيع أن نعرف, وإذا كانتْ طبيعتها تستوجب بقاءها في البيت وتصرفها...more
Mohammed
I read this for a new literary class about gender roles,power struggles through theories,literature.

It is not an easy read but it is written so impressively rhetorically, very intelligently. He expressed with great logic everything that is wrong with the male gender's power over women in his times. His arguments are very modern,bold but he was also realistic about the male powers not letting go their control of the other gender in his times.

The arguments are still used today and people use prett...more
Isil
Sep 26, 2008 Isil rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: interested in feminism or history
Shelves: angleterre, xixe
Dans la première partie de cet essai, John Stuart Mill fait le point sur l’origine de la domination légale des hommes sur les femmes. Cette domination s’est faite dans un contexte de totalitarisme où les rapports de force étaient la règle. Mais à l’époque de Mill, la situation a changée. L’individu n’est plus condamné à être « par nature » ce qu’il était à sa naissance. Un homme peut s’élever dans la société (même si Mill en reconnaît la difficulté, rien ne s’y oppose légalement). Les deux seule...more
Marts  (Thinker)
Mill's 'Subjection of Women' is an essay favouring equality of the sexes, written in 1869 in coordination with his wife Harriet Taylor, the essay presents arguments opposing the social and legal inequalities of that time... In some cultures, such still exists...
Valerie
Charlotte Bronte commented that Mill was insufficiently concerned with the emotional aspects of life, though others pointed out that the parts she found most paternalistic often came not from Mill himself, but from his wife.

Mill and others tended to take for granted that the sphere of life designated as 'masculine' in the 19th century was the better and more valuable part of life. They raised important questions about the marginalization of 'minority' groups (women counted in this, though numeri...more
Brandon Zaffini
I'm giving this book (it's really an essay) three stars because, well, it's John Stuart Mill, and out of respect for his thoughtfulness, I can't give him only two stars.

Mill's stated goal is to bring an end to the "legal subjection" of one sex to another, that "one sex" being women, of course. It is here that Mill is on the steadiest ground. Some of the laws he argues against do seem almost callously unjust, including laws concerning divorce, laws concerning domestic abuse, laws concerning joint...more
Ryan Hirst
I have never needed another person's arguments to know that there is no justification for inequality between the sexes. The capacities of the mind are independent of gender. I have always known. The arguments are self-evident; they reiterate an elementary fact.

So, I began to read Mill's "Subjection of Women," out of curiosity, not any social or philosophical quest.

By the end of the first page, I was weeping. Have I heard another person speak this way? Is it this scarce, then?

Have you have met a...more
Saly Civil
استعباد النساء"
الكتاب مكون من اربع فصول يناقش الظلم الذي كانت تواجهه المرأة في انكلترا في القرن التاسع عشر
-الفصل الاول عن قانون القوة وسيطرة الرجل على المرأة واعتبار استعباد المرأة هو النوع الوحيد من العبودية الذي لازال مستمراً حتى الآن.
-الفصل الثاني عن حقوق المرأة المسلوبة في الزواج وحرمانها من حرية الرأي في ابسط الامور.
-الفصل الثالث هو عن عمل المرأة حيث يناقش ان من الممكن للمرأة ان تمارس اي عمل ولكن المشكلة انه تم الحكم عليها بعدم القدرة من دون التجربة وبهذا فقد المجتمع جزء هائل من الطاقات الت...more
Khulud
نعم ..كتاب لا غنى عنه للمرأة العربية.. 
يكفي أن تقرا لمقدمة لتعرف ما يحويه الكتاب.
كتب في القرن الثامن عشر عن وضع المرأة في انجلترا..الوضع السئ لأبعد حد..ولكنه مع مرور الزمن والسعي وراء التطور حررّ المرأة من عبوديتها للرجل هناك في برطانيا..ونعم استفاد المجتمع البريطاني من رأي الفلاسفة والكتاب وتقدموا...
أما للأسف نحن في مجتمعنا العربي –رغم اننا مسلمون ورغم الاسلام اختصر علينا سنوات من العبودية ورغم أننا عندنا من المثقفين الكثير إلا إننا ما زلنا –عمليا – في القرن الثامن عشر..
Elisabeth Sepulveda
Necessary book for that time period, but when read in context of Mill's "Principles of Political Economy", his perspective on women entering the workplace is not truly intended as an absolute shift, but rather an introduction of the option for further education/opportunities for women, with an assumption that many will remain in their homes.

I also thought it was inconsistent to say that "differences" in women and men occur as a result of women not having the opportunities to manifest qualities s...more
Mohammed Alsalik
هذا الكتاب استمرار لرحلة هذا الفيلسوف الذي أحب أن أسميه فيلسوف الحرية والذي بدأ رحلته بكتابه حول الحرية ثم هذا الكتاب بعنوان استعباد المرأة ..
الفيلسوف ستيوارت مل يركز في كتابه هذا على عدة نقاط منها ان استعباد المرأة ليس كما يدعي البعض أمرا طبيعيا أو قانون من قوانين الطبيعة البشرية بل هو إستمرار لقانون الغاب البدائي جدا حيث كان القوي هو الذي يحكم ويتحكم ويقول ان استعباد المرأة هو الشكل الوحيد من أشكال العبودية الذي استمر طوال هذه المدة الطويلة ولا يوجد عبر التاريخ طبقة اجتماعية تعرضت للإضطهاد كما...more
Mark
Male feminists in the 19th century weren't exactly a common breed, even if by "feminist" you're only talking about moderate feminists and not ultra-feminists (you know, the ones who use words such as "womyn" and "herstory.")

The very modern and practical approach Mill takes to the issue of women's rights is astonishing. He actually dedicates a few pages to saying that although he shouldn't have the burden of proof in showing why women should be treated as equals, and that the individuals against...more
Jarkko Leinonen
Kuivakkaa 1800-luvulle ominaista asiaproosaa, joka ei kaihda polveilevia lauserakenteita ja muuten vaan ylipitkiä virkkeitä. Naisten tasaveroisen yhteiskunnallisen aseman oikeuttaminen vastaamalla kuvitteelliseen argumentaatioon heidän luontaisesta typeryydestään taikka hermoheikkoudestaan ei juurikaan vaikuttanut relevantilta tänä päivänä enää. Kirjan parasta antia olikin satunnaiset ajankuvaukset 1800-luvun puolivälin Britanniasta ja hämmästyttävän misogynistiset lainopit; myös tarinat vielä v...more
Sally
What a lucid, well-argued presentation. Despite being almost 150 years old, it's a very timely essay.
Yann
Ce Stuart Mill est vraiment sympatique!
Matthieutc


There remain no legal slaves, except the mistress of every house.

—John Stuart Mill


This essay was written by John Stuart Mill in 1869 as a plea for equality of the genders.



Reading notes

There is no reason to subjugate women. The reason why the subjugation of women came about is the rule of the strongest. This subjugation is a relic of when might was right and this relic has no place in the modern world. Because men are usually able to physically subjugate women, men historically have. As we t

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Jesse
The title, "On the Subjection of Women", doesn't really leave you wondering what this book is about. John Stuart Mill is writing in 1869, notably just after the American Civil War, about the rights and necessary equality of women, both in society at large and within family units. Despite a few overlooked details, it's both incredibly prescient and well-argued for its time.

Mill starts out by describing what he considers systematic oppression of women, comparing their situation to that of (former,...more
Hellen
This is a very interesting and (sadly) still relevant book/essay on the position of women in society. What's interesting about it is that it goes to the core of the dichotomy: why are men and women in the positions they're in nowadays (or well, in 1869)? While evolutionary psychology still gains popularity and pseudo-scientific ideas nestle in the thoughts on gender of many ("(wo)men are simply more suited for this kind of work, because back in the days, when we still lived in caves...") and thr...more
Haythem Bastawy
It's a great landmark in the quest for women's rights. It is one of the first European books to tackle the subject in such a direct manner. I know from Mill's autobiography that Mill was not alone in promoting and beliving in women's right to equality, and maybe without the support of a close group of friends this book would never have seen the light.

In spite of the value of the book as the earliest known logical argument for women's rights, The Subjection of Women unfortunately contains at lea...more
John Baldwin
For the last year or so, I've been absolutely hooked on 19th century literature...and I fell in love with it completely by accident. I ignorantly had thought this century was historically banal, but boy was I wrong. First came Thoreau, then Emerson, Whitman, Mill, William James, Darwin, Marx, W.K. Clifford, and now Tolstoy....the list is getting longer:-) The suffragist movements in both England and the United States were essentially started by this book written by Mill in close collaboration wi...more
رامي
الكتاب ده بيوضح مدي التخلف الفكري للمجتمع الشرقي

جميع الافكار التي وردت بالكتاب تعتبر امر انتهي منه الغرب ولا حاجة لهم لقراءة مثل تلك الدعوة بحق المساواة بين الرجل والمرآة حيث انه بالفعل قد تحقق ولو حتي اغلابية الافكار الواردة بالكتاب

الكتاب صدر في القرن التاسع عشر اي منذ حوالي 200 عام ورغم ذلك لازالت تعاني مجتمعتنا الشرقية من ما كانت تدعو اليه الحركات التحررية للمرآة قديماً وقد تحقق الان في اوربا

الافكار الواردة عن حرية المرآة هي حريتها في اختيار العمل المناسب لها وأتاحة الفرصة كاملة امامها لتقا...more
Kate E
Excellent, excellent essay by John Stuart Mill laying out the argumentations for why and how women were treated as "less than slaves" in the late 1800s. He gives many reasons for why women should have all of the same opportunities that men have, stating that the general abilities and capabilities of women cannot be determined based on what women as a whole have done. Individuals are largely influenced by their environment. A person who is given no education, and who is taught from infancy to sub...more
Katie Belle
Having read other J. S. Mill books, I found it rather fitting that his rather short essay short be my formal introduction into feminist literature. I was not to be disappointed. On the outset, expecting his writing to be somewhat outdated to what I presumed was our more advanced time, I was exceedingly surprised at how much his descriptions of women were both accurate and relevant to modern day female existence. One of the most appreciable aspects of the essay is the through scientific approach...more
Nicholas Whyte
http://nwhyte.livejournal.com/1703651...

Mill's argument here is in favour of political equality between the sexes, in particular that woman should be allowed to vote, a proposition to which he gently demolishes all the opposing arguments. He is less passionate than Wollstonecraft but has better one-liners:

"Women who read, much more women who write, are, in the existing constitution of things, a contradiction and a disturbing element... "
"...laws and institutions require to be adapted, not to goo...more
Trisha
In a rather accessible extended essay, Mill argues for the emancipation of women both for the betterment of society and the personal benefit of women. What struck me most about Mill's essay is his clarity and conciseness. He lays out his thesis: "The principle which regulates the existing social relations between the two sexes - the legal subordination of one sex to the other - is wrong in itself, and now one of the chief hindrances to human improvement; and...it ought to be replaced by a princi...more
Tom
Classic text in the history of feminism. Revolutionary for its time.

I initially had given this 5 stars, but I realize now that that was being too generous. Yes, this was a landmark work, and it was a step in the right direction at a time when making that step must have been severely difficuly. But the work itself is fundamentally flawed. Mill was unable to step outside of the societal norms of the time and question women's role as homemakers and child-rearers. Essentially, Mill is quite right i...more
Tamara
Aug 15, 2008 Tamara rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all women
Recommended to Tamara by: I did. I'm a woman!
How can I even think about commenting on Mill’s Subjection of Women? It has proven its importance over the years by simply lasting. What I can say however, is that if women think they have it rough now, read this! John Stuart Mill logically lays out one of the finest equal rights argument for women. I can’t help but think that his companionship with Harriet Taylor (a woman whose intelligence and strength he greatly respected and who helped define his philosophies) was the inspiration he needed t...more
Hajar Ahmed


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١/ حق الاقتراع أو التصويت
٢/ الوظائف العامة
٣/ الفروق العقليّة
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John Stuart Mill, British philosopher, political economist, civil servant and Member of Parliament, was an influential liberal thinker of the 19th century. He was an exponent of utilitarianism, an ethical theory developed by Jeremy Bentham, although his conception of it was very different from Bentham's.
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