Wollstonecraft placed the largest share of the blame for women's situation on men, rightly perceiving that they had the power in society and thus the ability to change women's situation. They had power both in terms of control of money and politics, but also because they were considered the "rational" voice in public discourse. Showing that she puts the blame primarily on men, she writes the following:
Would men but generously snap our chains, and be content with rational fellowship instead of slavish obedience, they would find us more observant daughters, more affectionate sisters, more faithful wives, more reasonable mothers—in a word, better citizens.
Wollstonecraft takes aim at particular men who incensed her, such as Rousseau, who said that women should be educated for the pleasure of men.
However, while she primarily described women as slaves without rights, she also argued that they could become "tyrants," using subterfuge and their feminine wiles to control men or to get ahead in life. This is especially bad, because it convinces other women that the way to get ahead is underhanded and manipulative.
She also outlines some of the other ways women are to blame for not making their situation better, though it must be emphasized that Wollstonecraft would place the greater blame on men for producing this situation by not properly educating women. She says women should not treat their servants so abusively, especially in front of children: if women want to be treated well by men, who are above them, they should model polite and gracious behavior and not teach children that it is acceptable to be harsh to underlings. She also condemned reading novels that put ideas into girls' heads of being saved by a dashing, princely male. She criticized women who judged other women, women who were soft hearted to those who did not deserve it, and criticized as well women for being so prone to visit quack doctors. However, in the end women are not primarily to blame, as they are victims of an unjust system.