By Mary Wollstonecraft
One of many earliest contributions to feminist philosophy, Wollstonecraft’s robust treatise at the worth of girls in society tackles some of the patriarchal attitudes regular within the eighteenth century. as well as championing the idea that girls get pleasure from all of the comparable primary rights as males, Wollstonecraft argues that males reap the benefits of treating their better halves as partners instead of commodities. Touching upon many issues in women’s schooling, A Vindications of the Rights of girl continues to be a daring and strong learn.
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While I agree that Hartsock’s concept of “perversion” effects only a binary reversal of power relations, I wouldn’t go so far as Flax in rejecting totally the epistemological claims of standpoint theory. The approach seems to me to offer new possibili- 28 Susan C. Jarratt ties for thought and action to all marginalized groups. Fredric Jameson here describes such an extension: Standpoint analysis specifically demands a differentiation between the various negative experiences of constraint, between the exploitation suffered by workers and the oppression suffered by women and continuing on through the distinct structural forms of exclusion and alienation characteristic of other kinds of group experience.
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New York: Harper & Brothers. Speaking to the Past: Feminist Historiography in Rhetoric* Susan C. Jarratt The past is made of meanings, actions, and events far more eclectic and various than any hegemonic culture would be eager to tolerate were the past to become present, or, and this is the real worry, were it to become actively a source of inspiration for the future. Thus for its own protection, such a culture is impelled to create out of its variegated history a much narrower but also differently varying “significant” past, by selecting only certain meanings and events for emphasis and celebration; isolating others for the purposes of revilement and stigmatization; neglecting or excluding others; and diluting or converting the rest into non–threatening forms.
A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft