Are Women Human?

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Eerdmans Publishing Company, Aug 6, 2005 - Literary Collections - 69 pages
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Introduction by Mary McDermott Shideler

One of the first women to graduate from Oxford University, Dorothy Sayers pursued her goals whether or not what she wanted to do was ordinarily understood to be "feminine." Sayers did not devote a great deal of time to talking or writing about feminism, but she did explicitly address the issue of women's role in society in the two classic essays collected here.

Central to Sayers's reflections is the conviction that both men and women are first of all human beings and must be regarded as essentially much more alike than different. We are to be true not so much to our sex as to our humanity. The proper role of both men and women, in her view, is to find the work for which they are suited and to do it.

Though written several decades ago, these essays still offer in Sayers's piquant style a sensible and conciliatory approach to ongoing gender issues.

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User Review  - carmacreator - LibraryThing

This book contains two essays of Dorothy Sayers. Though it was published in 1970, the essays were written in the 1930s. I admit I found the introduction rather boring, it could probably be skipped ... Read full review

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User Review  - KimMR - LibraryThing

Great stuff! Dorothy L Sayers claimed not to be a feminist. However, if a feminist is a person who believes that women and men should have equal rights, then Sayers was definitely one. These writings exemplify Sayers: pithy, witty, seriously smart and still relevant 70 years down the track. Read full review

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Dorothy L. Sayers (1893 1957) was a lay theologian, Christian apologist, and friend of C.S. Lewis. Her numerous writings include detective stories centered on Lord Peter Wimsey, studies of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, radio plays such as The Man Born to Be King, and translations of Dante.

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