Are Women Human?
To find satisfa ...more
This is the quote from the book which is central to her arguments:
"...the fundamental thing is that women are more like men than anything else in the world. They are human beings. V ...more
The first of Sayers' essays is a 1938 address to a women's society. In it, Sayers explained why she was not pleased with some contemporary trends in feminism. It would be unfortunate, Sayers argued, if the women's movement made the same mistake that men had been making -- to treat women as a class with a single collective end rather than as individua ...more
"A woman is just as much an ordinary human being as a man, with the same individual preferences, and with just as much right to the tastes and preferences, and with just as much right to the tastes and preferences of any individual."
"It is perfectly idiotic to take away women's traditional occupations and then complain because she looks for new ones."
"But there are other questions – as, for example, about literature or finance – on which the 'woman's p ...more
I really enjoyed her critique of sexism, and her expounded on her high view of women, which is sane, brilliant, and something I greatly appreciate. Let us all be thankful for the amazing women in our lives.
But the fundamental thing is that women are more like men than anything else in the world. They are human beings. Vir is male and Femina is female: but Homo is male and female.
This is the equality claimed and the fact that is persistently evaded and denied. No matter what arguments are used, because Man is always dealt with both Homo and Vir, but Woman only as Femina.
This book has much to recommend it. Very interesting.
I think if we listen closely to Sayers here, more of us might agree than we think. And from there move towards a society that operates with both strong hands, rather than with one or the other tied behind our back.
When I first seen this book recommended by a Booktuber, I found myself asking out loud, "What do you mean 'Are women human?'?!" because that is a really provocative title if you ask me. However, when I did read it, I can say that this is the 'feminism' that I would totally agree & relate with. The introduction...more
I understand why some people don’t like the word ‘feminism’. It singles out the female and therefore people believe it only supports the female. By definition this is not true, but humans have a way of twisting words and ideas into the exact thing it’s not.
Sayers doesn’t call herself a feminist. In 1938, she is even concerned about the aggressive feminists and the possible damage t ...more
Should be taken in context of Scriptural guidelines and commands ...more
I don’t agree with her on everything (she’s more optimistic on where we are headed socially) but her arguments and ideas are blessedly free of generalizations and bad faith.
|Around the Year i...: Are Women Human? Astute and Witty Essays on the Role of Women in Society, by Dorothy L. Sayers||1||9||Apr 25, 2019 03:38AM|
Dorothy L. Sayers is best known for her mysteries, a series of novels and short stories set between World War I and World War II that feature English aristocrat and amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey. However, Sayers herself considered her translation of Dante's Divina Co ...more