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Do you agree with her arguments applied to contemporary society? Why or why not?Mary...

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kguidry39 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted April 1, 2012 at 9:50 PM via web

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Do you agree with her arguments applied to contemporary society? Why or why not?

Mary Wollstonecraft argues that women have been systematically miseducated to be seductive and alluring mistresses rather than rational citizens and individuals.

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readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 1, 2012 at 10:28 PM (Answer #1)

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This is a great question. I am sure that there will be many different opinions. A little historical context will be important.

Mary Wollstonecraft was a British philosopher and women's rights advocate. She lived from 1759 until 1797. Hence, when she writes about women's issues and society, she does so within a historical context. So, perhaps in her day some women have been systematically miseducated to be seductive rather than rational citizens. However, when we look at our context, things have changed.

First, women and men have the same education today. There is no segregation and hence they both share a common education system. Moreover, they are measured based on the same standards. 

Second, women have more power today. They are in the workplace, just as men are. They have a source of income and can make independent decisions. Hence, there is real liberation. 

Finally, even from a cultural point of view, women are seen as equal to men for the most part. I am not saying that inequalities do not exist, but what Mary Wollstonecraft says does not reflect our society today in America. In short, the women's movement has made some prodigious strides. 

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