Kevin’s review of A Room of One's Own
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Sep 20, 2009 08:10PM
Hmm. I think you rather missed her point. I think her point is not that we should strive for some androgynous ideal or male/female composite, but that we should each be so secure in ourselves that we can write what is in ourselves (which, I think she correctly point outs, includes masculine and feminine elements) without being gender-conscious or self-conscious in any way. She never does argue that there aren't differences between the sexes (or that there shouldn't be) - but "equality" is to be found in the confidence both sexes should feel when writing for themselves.
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Jul 09, 2011 12:40PM
"It would be a thousand pities if women wrote like men, or lived like men, or looked like men, for if two sexes are quite inadequate, considering the vastness and variety of the world, how should we manage with one only?" - A Room of One's Own
Dec 15, 2011 08:11AM
Adding to Tim's quote:
"It would be a thousand pities if women wrote like men, or lived like men, or looked like men, for if two sexes are quite inadequate, considering the vastness and variety of the world, how should we manage with one only? Ought not education to bring out and fortify the differences rather than the similarities? For we have too much likeness as it is, and if an explorer should come back and bring word of other sexes looking through the branches of other trees at other skies, nothing would he of greater service to humanity."
"Equality" meaning in rights and treatment. If that still frustrates you then I'm sorry.
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