Why are Women Redundant?

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Trübner, 1869 - Single women - 39 pages
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Page 5 - occupations for themselves ; who, in place of completing, sweetening, and embellishing the existence of others, are compelled to lead an independent and incomplete existence of their own. In the manufacturing districts thousands of girls are working in mills and earning ample wages, instead of performing, or preparing and learning to perform, the functions and
Page 27 - if they could obtain them on no cheaper terms. In a word, few—comparatively very few—would not marry as soon as they could maintain a wife in anything like decency or comfort, if only through marriage they could satisfy their cravings and gratify their passions. If their sole choice lay between entire
Page 26 - a most important and indispensable function in social life ; they do not follow an obligatorily independent, and therefore for their sex an unnatural, career:—on the contrary, they are attached to others and are connected with other existences, which they embellish, facilitate, and serve. In a word, they fulfil both —essentials of
Page 12 - women in the best and most attractive period of life, who must be classed as unnaturally, if not all unintentionally, single. There is no need, however, to place either figures or inferences in too strong a light; and as unquestionably many women do marry between the ages of twenty and thirty years, we may
Page 19 - when this remedy has been applied as extensively as shall be found feasible, there will still remain a large 'residual phenomenon' to be dealt with. We have seen that the extensive annual exodus from Great Britain, which has now grown almost into a national habit, has only raised the excess of adult women to about
Page 11 - not in their combined numbers exceed, if they even reach, that three or four per cent., for whom, as statistics show us, Nature has provided no exclusive partners. The residue—the large excess over this proportion—who remain unmarried, constitute the problem to be solved, the evil and anomaly to be cured.
Page 5 - taken possession of our thoughts, and seem likely to occupy us busily and painfully enough for some time to come. And well they may; for not only do the mischiefs, anomalies, and falsities in that condition unveil themselves more and more as we study the subject, but they are, we believe,
Page 18 - comparatively few women remain long or permanently single. It is those immediately and those far above them—who have a position to maintain and appearances to keep up, who are too proud to sink, too sensitive to contrive, too refined or too delicate to toil, or too spoiled to purchase love at the expense of
Page 28 - are great. All this time, while the monde has been deteriorating, the demimonde has been improving; as the one has grown stupider and costlier, the other has grown more attractive, more decorous, and more easy. The ladies there are now often as clever and amusing, usually
Page 7 - of toil trodden by their humble sisters. The very being of all these various classes is a standing proof of, and protest against, that ' something wrong/ on which we have a few words to say,—that besetting problem which, like the sphinx's, society must solve or die.

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