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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 Inc (first published 1790)
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Jimmy
Feb 25, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: feminist-studies
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
Liz
Jan 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
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Jenna
Sep 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Free the nipple, etc.
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A Vindication of the Rights of Woman is such a profoundly weird book. It's not so much a feminist work as it is pre-feminist or proto-feminist. She largely defers to the dominant notion that women are inferior to men - yet there are these odd flashes where she explicitly declines to say anything further on an issue related to the relative equality of women in various capacities, and you can almost feel her biting back an angry feminist rant that simply isn't politic yet. She compares the Divine ...more
Liam
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.

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Reuel
Nov 30, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Re: A Vindication of the Rights of Men. (I previously read A Vindication of the Rights of Women.) This work, from 1790, is a response to Edmund Burke's condemnation of the French Revolution against the "legitimate" government of the French monarchy. He argues that long tradition grants it its legitimacy. Wollstonecraft views hereditary monarchies, the power and wealth of the nobility and the church, the customs of slavery, India's caste system, and the oppression of women as evidence that tradit ...more
Michael
May 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whereas I taught this book for a class this semester, it really spoke to me more than it ever had before with great insights.
Miranda
Jan 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
written at the end of the 1700's still suprisingly relevent to todays world.
John Bails
Jan 21, 2011 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: feminism
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.
Craig Bolton
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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Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book.
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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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