Nowadays there are so many social problems existing in the world. But today I would like to discuss one of the biggest problem, in my opinion - problem of women rights. It is nearly 200 hundred years since the problem of women's rights started to discuss openly.
Women rights are now the problem, on which many organisations and people worlwide are working, trying to solve it. Although there are very much improvments done for the last twenty or thirty years, there is still plenty of issues that society needs to improve. For example, women are often working more hours than man, nevertheless they are paid less, or gender discrimination, when employeer is not giving you a job because you are female. Or the fact that government of the countries where women rights are mostly common, just simply underestimating it, so giving us less information. Women in some countries in Africa or Asia even don't have a right of speach, or to have an education. It is hard to imagine that picture for us, but it is a reality existing in the 21 century. As we always think that there is no such descrimination in more developed countries such as European countries or USA. But how about home violence? A millions of women worldwide are now suffering of home violence. I consider this as one of the biggest and most important social problem. I think nobody has a right to hit or beat someone and I wondering why in such a developed world, where technologies became our second hand and almost everything, the simple fact of home violence is still occuring? The answer to this simple question is not given yet.
It will be a long time until we could liquidate this problem at all, but I think it is possible as everything. There are a lot of organizations such as NOW (National Organization for Women), MADRE or AWID, which are helping women now but it is not enough. We must all take a part in it; all participate because without our help it won’t move. I know it is easy...
...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...
A Vindication of the Rights of Women
I. Chapter 1
A. Wollstonecraft argues that reason, virtue, and experiences are what determine people’s happiness, but unfortunately, many civilizations have institutionalized tyranny that prevents mankind from thriving.
1. “[A] standing army is incompatible with freedom” because that which makes an army successful is that which suppresses freedom (Wollstonecraft 7).
2. She uses Rousseau’s philosophy to illustrate the foolishness of barbarism in mankind by arguing with the specific points of his arguments (Wollstonecraft 5).
II. Chapter 2
B. Wollstonecraft discusses a woman's role as a wife and espouses the idea that if women are continually oppressed by society and denied education and its concomitant development of reason, they cannot be good wives.
3. “Men, indeed, appear to me to act in a very unphilosophical manner when they try to secure the good conduct of women by attempting to keep them always in a state of childhood” (Wollstonecraft 29).
4. If women are by nature inferior to men, their morals cannot possibly be held to the same standards (Wollstonecraft 36).
III. Chapter 3
C. People of genius, Wollstonecraft writes, tend to ignore and disregard their health as they pursue their calling; people assume such people are weak and naturally have a delicate constitution, but strength of mind is usually accompanied by strength of...
...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...
...(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...
...Many women were involved in the uncertainty of women's rights during the French Revolution between the years of 1789 and 1804. Exploration of the unfolding struggles of France managed to turn my head in the direction of woman's rights more than once in my discovery. Perhaps because of the persistence of the women during this time period and their straight forwardness in their mission, was I so determined to see a positive progression in the fulfillment of their needs. "Even during a revolutionary time like this, equal rights for women seemed out of reach. Women had to struggle for a position in the revolution" (Ajaibu 2001, 1).
One of the main women involved in the French Revolution was Olympe de Gouges. Olympe de Gouges is how one would recognize her, but her birth name was Olympe Gouze. Gouze, the daughter of a butcher, and a part of the lower class found prostitution as her occupation. Gouze was very bright and her enlightened views were bound to change the future, which they seemed to. She continued prostitution until she was thirty-six and respectfully became a playwright. After the death of her husband, Gouze moved to Paris and changed her name to Olympe de Gouges. Upon arrival, de Gouges proposed a new French theater that would only show women's plays (Ajaibu 2001, 1). "In 1788 Olympe started creating her pamphlets and petitions that were pro-woman and anti-monarchy" (Ajaibu 2001, 1). About a year...
...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....
...of the literary world 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...