A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

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Barnes & Noble Publishing, 2004 - Women - 242 pages
First published in 1792, this book was written in a spirit of outrage and enthusiasm. In an age of ferment, following the American and French revolutions, Mary Wollstonecraft took prevailing egalitarian principles and dared to apply them to women. The introduction discusses her ideas.
 

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Contents

THE RIGHTS AND INVOLVED DUTIES OF MANKIND CONSIDERED
1
THE PREVAILING OPINION OF A SEXUAL CHARACTER DISCUSSED
10
THE SAME SUBJECT CONTINUED
33
OBSERVATIONS ON THE STATE OF DEGRADATION TO WHICH WOMAN IS REDUCED BY VARIOUS CAUSES
49
ANIMADVERSIONS ON SOME OF THE WRITERS WHO HAVE RENDERED WOMEN OBJECTS OF PITY BORDERING ON CONTEMPT
80
THE EFFECT WHICH AN EARLY ASSOCIATION OF IDEAS HAS UPON THE CHARACTER
126
MODESTY COMPREHENSIVELY CONSIDERED AND NOT AS A SEXUAL VIRTUE
134
MORALITY UNDERMINED BY SEXUAL NOTIONS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF A GOOD REPUTATION
146
OF THE PERNICIOUS EFFECTS WHICH ARISE FROM THE UNNATURAL DISTINCTIONS ESTABLISHED IN SOCIETY
158
PARENTAL AFFECTION
171
DUTY TO PARENTS
175
ON NATIONAL EDUCATION
181
SOME INSTANCES OF THE FOLLY WHICH THE IGNORANCE OF WOMEN GENERATES WITH CONCLUDING REFLECTIONS ON THE M...
209
ENDNOTES
231
SUGGESTED READING
241
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Mary Wollstonecraft was born in London on April 27, 1759. She opened a school in Newington Green with her sister Eliza and a friend Fanny Blood in 1784. Her experiences lead her to attack traditional teaching methods and suggested new topics of study in Thoughts on the Education of Girls. In 1792, she published A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, in which she attacked the educational restrictions that kept women ignorant and dependant on men as well as describing marriage as legal prostitution. In Maria or the Wrongs of Woman, published unfinished in 1798, she asserted that women had strong sexual desires and that it was degrading and immoral to pretend otherwise. In 1793, Wollstonecraft became involved with American writer Gilbert Imlay and had a daughter named Fanny. After this relationship ended, she married William Godwin in March 1797 and had a daughter named Mary in August. Wollstonecraft died from complications following childbirth on September 10, 1797. Her daughter Mary later married Percy Bysshe Shelley and wrote Frankenstein.

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