Do you ever wonder if woman’s rights are universal or do they vary all over the world? How the roles of woman are now different based on their location in the world. Woman should have the same opportunity as men. “Equally rights”. In places such as India, Taliban and South Sudan woman are having their right held against them. These women have hard times getting what they need and want. Throughout this the rest of this passage I will go deeper into their living environment and everyday life.
In South Sudan Rose Mary Adare and her two-week-old baby was dragged out of their home at gun point in April over issues of domestic violence. In their community neighbors intended to run to the rescue of the woman but the armed men scared them away. “We wanted him to calm down so that we talk to bath of them”, said a neighbor, Michael Amula Joseph, the husband and a respected Commissioner General for the state Revenue Authority that is what made the situation so horrible. Lilian Riziq, the president and Chief Executive Officer of South Sudan Empowerment Network said it for herself “It is unfortunate that South Sudan Does not have family laws that protect woman. Citizens in South Sudan disagree with this law simply because there female children cannot get a good education and support from the government that they need. When couples got to the police station the police don’t do anything. “Woman in Sudan have the legal rights to be accorded with respect and dignity”, said South Sudan Police Spokesperson Major General Biar Mading Biar. In Taliban Malala Yousafzai a 15 year old activist was gun down by Pakistani because she a dream. A dream of going to school and becoming a doctor. She wanted the ability to go to school but that was not going to happen. The Taliban gun men ordered an end to female education. They would call off school days. “She symbolizes the brave girls of Swat,” said Samar Minallah, a documentary filmmaker who has worked among Pashtun women. “She knew...
...(Wollstonecraft, Rights of Woman, page 2, paragraph 8.). Wollstonecraft also believes that “the instruction of which women have hitherto received has only tended, with the constitution of civil society to render them insignificant objects of desire” (Wollstonecraft, Rights of Woman, page 1, paragraph 3.). besides being objects of desire and perpetual children, Mary Wollstonecraft goes on to say that women are typically seen as weak or that they should be. According to her, a woman may “use art and feign a sickly delicacy in order to secure her husband's affection” and that “weakness may excite tenderness, and gratify the arrogant pride of man” (Wollstonecraft, Rights of Woman,page 2, paragraph 5.). Wollstonecraft also includes that not only can this affect women negatively, but also the people who are directly accountable to her, since “a man of sense can only love such a woman on account of her sex, and respect her, because she is a trusty servant. He lets her, to preserve his own peace, scold the servants, and go to church in clothes made of the very best materials....Yet, women, whose minds are not enlarge by cultivation, or the natural selfishness of sensibility expanded by reflection, are very unfit to manage a family; for, by an undue stretch of power, they are always tyrannizing to support a superiority that only rests on the arbitrary distinction of...
...A Critique of “A Vindication to the Rights of Women”
In Mary Wollstonecraft’s, “A Vindication to the Rights of Women,” she “earnestly” stressed women to start standing up for themselves in society. She urges them to “acquire strength, both of mind and body” in order to conquer their rights. Through her writing, Wollstonecraft was able to send a powerful message to women, by telling them that they have a voice and should not allow others to take advantage of it. Wollstonecraft, promoting education and taking an active role in society, made an effective mark on women in society by educating women in what they can do about society and how they should not be thought of as lesser then men (Wollstonecraft 204).
“A Vindication to the Rights of Women,” is a way for Wollstonecraft to respond to the degrading of women. She opens her argument by apologizing to women at first because some may find what she has to say as inexcusable behavior. She immediately goes on explaining how women need to not be thought of as less than men. Wollstonecraft stated that:
….susceptibility of heart, delicacy of sentiment, and refinement of taste, are almost synonymous with epithets of weakness, and
that those begins who are only the objects of pity and that kind
of love, which has been termed its sister, will soon become objects
of contempt. (204)
By saying this, she is telling women that they need not to rely greatly on...
...Published in 1792, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman was the first great feminist treatises a powerful yet message forwarding novel, It constantly explains how women were treated in the mid/late 1700s. In the novel it states that because women are socialized to rely only upon their beauty, conduct and manners, they soon become unpalatable human beings for others to notice. Their beauty, their most important aspect, fades with age. In this novel, women are “declared to have no soul” as if they were not human beings.
Mary Wollstonecraft published A Vindication of the Rights of Woman in reaction to the French Revolutionary Assembly's Declaration of the Rights of Man which granted participatory citizenship only to men. This revolution states that men are more superior to women they believe women should have no say whatsoever. Women of the 18th century were encouraged to display sensibility, a characteristic which was defined as the ability to be responsive to external stimuli, be it physical or emotional. A woman having a great degree of sensibility would easily feel compassion or empathy. She would just as easily feel anxious or nervous. Wollstonecraft, provides guidelines for how women might improve upon themselves, and petitions men to help women become viable and productive members of society.
There have been many changes in the social roles of women since Mary Wollstonecraft wrote "A...
...A Vindication of the Rights of Woman is more often than not regarded as a purely political treatise. However, like Plato’s Republic and Rousseau’s Emile, it can be seen as both a political and an educational treatise.
It is above all a celebration of the rationality of women. It constitutes an attack on the view of female education put forward by Rousseau and countless others who regarded women as weak and artificial and not capable of reasoning effectively. Mary Wollstonecraft rejected the education in dependency that Rousseau advocated for them in Emile. A woman must be intelligent in her own right, she argued. She cannot assume that her husband will be intelligent! Mary Wollstonecraft maintained that this did not contradict the role of the woman as a mother or a carer or of the role of the woman in the home. She maintained that ‘meek wives are, in general, foolish mothers’.
Reason was her starting point. For Mary Wollstonecraft, rationality or reason formed the basis of our human rights as it was our ability to grasp truth and therefore acquire knowledge of right and wrong that separated us, as human beings, from the animal world. Through the exercise of reason we became moral and political agents. This world-view was acknowledged by all progressive thinkers of the time. However, it was essentially a man’s world and the work of Rousseau was typical of this....
...began to consider that the way they had been being treated might have not been fair. Women of the eighteenth century did not wish to have greater power then men. They only wished for equal rights.
Young girls could only dream of continuing their schooling and obtaining a higher education. Men, who had control over women, didn't believe women were intelligent enough. God forbid they hurt themselves through straining their brains! In men's minds, a woman should have stayed at home taking care of her husband's house and children while he was away on business. Women were also expected to educate the male children before they were old enough to go to school and acquire more knowledge then their mother. Girls looked upon their brothers who would leave home to explore the world and start new lives with jealousy. Girls only had the option to dwell at home and learn the responsibilities of being a good wife and very much a slave to her future husband.
Mary Wollstonecraft, an English writer, didn't agree with that philosophy. She wrote an essay; which was as long as a book, A Vindication of the Rights of Women, on women's lives. She stressed the unfairness of their short education and limited possibilities. She argued that women were rational creatures too and should be granted the same rights as every male citizen. In her opinion, fashion and beauty were a waste of time that denigrated women and provided men with...
...brought about a great deal of change and a new-found interest in science and reason. Because of this, many great inventions, ideas and innovative theorists arose from this time period. Among them was a forward-thinking essayist by the name of Mary Wollstonecraft. In her book, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Wollstonecraft preaches her belief that the oppression of women is largely due to lack of female education. Although the term “feminism” wasn’t coined until decades later, Wollstonecraft paved the way for future women’s rights movements by advocating equality in education for women. She believed men and women should be equal in the very basic aspects of life, such as in loyalty in marriage. Wollstonecraft openly called out fellow philosopher and novelist of the time, Jean-Jacques Rousseau on his negative views of women and their role in society. Although against common beliefs of the time, Wollstonecraft boldly stated her opinions on a woman’s ability to think rationally and formulate ideas as well as any man.
First of all, it is not difficult to decipher Wollstonecraft’s feelings about Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Although Rousseau was dead at the time A Vindication of the Rights of Woman was written, Wollstonecraft does not hesitate to argue and dispute his points. Actually, both Rousseau and Wollstonecraft had many ideas in common, with an exception to one major theme, that is. Wollstonecraft...
...Mary Wollstonecraft’s ‘A Vindication of the Rights of Woman’ and Charlotte Bronte’s ‘Villette’ were and still remain an important reference for any understanding of feminist thoughts at the end of the eighteenth century. ‘A Vindication of the Rights of Woman’ is a declaration for the rights of women’s equality of education and to civil opportunities. ‘Villette’ gives the social position of women from a much more personal point of view.
MW ‘AVOTROW’ written in treatise form the so called intellectual text. In her time the novel was considered the realms of women, the novel was not serious reading it was for women so men didn’t read it.
MW wrote in a time where women were nothing if they were not married, they were not educated and they were not independent it was a patriarchal society.
MW was responding to male writers of the time who wrote about women’s place in society. For example the conduct books written by Rousseau and Gregory that placed “a false system on female education and manners” were to be rejected for their morally and physically debilitating effects.
After the French Revolution she was concerned that there was no mention of women’s rights in the new constitution. She responds in treatise form to the issues and concerns these male writers wrote about.
AVOTROW is in a large part structured as a response to several works on women’s education and female conduct written...
...wrote an essay in 1792 called, A Vindication of the Rights of Women. This essay thoroughly describes how women were treated and viewed through the eyes of others, mostly men, during the 18th century in England. Wollstonecraft speaks out against the sexist nation through this piece not only by pointing out the flaws in man and country but goes even future to attack her own sex in specific passages. During the 18th century in England, women were not seen as equals but as “things” whose lives had been condemned at birth. Women were pretty things with arms and legs, eyes and mouths, but they were also pretty things without intelligence and passion, individualism and power. Women were solely seen as “flowers” and used to produce and care for the family. Since women were viewed as such things Wollstonecraft compares them to flowers in her essay. Wollstonecraft writes, “The conduct and manners of women, in fact, evidently prove that their minds are not in a healthy state;(…)” she goes on to say “(…) like the flowers which are planted in too rich a soil, strength and usefulness are sacrificed to beauty; and the flaunting leaves, after having pleased a fastidious eye, fade, disregarded on the stalk, long before the season when they ought to have arrived at maturity” (171). This close reading will provide an in depth explanation of Wollstonecraft’s flower simile which contributed to her vision of the birth of the individualistic woman.