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A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

The title gives away the main theme of this essay: in it, Mary Wollstonecraft focuses on women's rights, arguing that women should be allowed to have the same educational opportunities as men and...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2011 9:43 pm UTC

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A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

In addressing this issue, Wollstonecraft may be tempering or moderating her actual views in order to make them more convincing and "acceptable" to a male-dominated society. In chapter 12 of the...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2020 5:39 am UTC

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A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

In the first paragraph of the dedication (to Mr. Talleyrand-Perigord, an active leader in the French Revolution), Wollstonecraft uses the words "independence" and "humanity" - although these don't...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2015 6:20 pm UTC

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A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

Wollstonecraft counters ideas in Rousseau and in educational circles in general at the time that stated women should be taught only to obey what their fathers, husbands, and church authorities had...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2020 6:57 pm UTC

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A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

Although Wollstonecraft's work was radical in its day; by modern standards, it reads as a tame piece of feminist literature. Therefore, one might ask, what relevance does it have for our times? In...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2017 12:54 pm UTC

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A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

Based on the information in the introduction of Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Women, I would choose answer "D"... "Getting an education will make them more masculine."...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2012 4:54 am UTC

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A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

In Mary Wollstonecraft's essay, "A Vindication of the Rights of Woman," published in 1792, the author takes the position that women are more than those who were made to be both "docile" and...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2019 2:37 pm UTC

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A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

A Vindication of the rights of Woman is Wollstonecraft's fundamental work where she outlines feminism and her view on the rights of women. It is often spoken as her most important work and the...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2009 10:47 pm UTC

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A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

In the first paragraph of the introduction, Wollstonecraft uses antithesis to emphasize the distance between the two contradictory scenarios she presents. The example of antithesis in the first...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2018 5:06 pm UTC

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A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

While A Vindication of the Rights of Woman was considered a radical work for its eighteenth century time period, today it seems much less controversial. In it, Wollstonecraft is not arguing for...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2018 2:01 am UTC

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A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

In A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792), Mary Wollstonecraft argues that the subjection of women leads to a host of ill effects, not just for women, but for society and the whole human race....

Latest answer posted September 22, 2018 3:16 am UTC

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A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

Chapter 13 of the Vindication contains several of Wollstonecraft's most pointed commentaries on religion. Earlier in the book, she has mentioned the rituals in the Established Church that she...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2020 7:17 pm UTC

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A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

Mary Woollstonecraft certainly has a lot to say about men and their role in creating a situation and a society in which women are taught only to please men. This "barren blooming" is attributed to...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2011 7:05 pm UTC

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A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

According to Wollstonecraft, men are responsible for the uneducated position of most women in 18th century England due to the power they hold in society and how they use that power to ensure that...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2019 7:42 pm UTC

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A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

Mary Wollstonecraft, in A Vindication of the Rights of Women, rejects the metaphorical image of the man being the oak and the woman being the ivy. Metaphorically, the image of the oak and the ivy...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2012 9:10 am UTC

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A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

I'm not sure if you mean direct criticisms of women of that time or criticisms of the status of women. I'll discuss both. Let's begin with the former: She calls out women who purposely hide behind...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2018 9:27 pm UTC

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A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

Although Wollstonecraft's Vindication was considered radical in its time, it seems less so today, but its lessons are still relevant. Wollstonecraft argues for better education and moral training...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2019 5:53 pm UTC

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A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

In Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, she applies "vindication" in the introduction in several ways. First, "vindication" is defined as... ...to uphold or justify by...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2012 9:41 am UTC

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A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

In the Vindication, Wollstonecraft argues that women need to be better educated so they can become partners and actual helpers to their husbands, as well as better parents. Instead of a rational...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2017 11:31 am UTC

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A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

A Vindication of the Rights of Woman is, in fact, heavily influenced by Enlightenment ideas. Wollstonecraft was deeply read in the Enlightenment, and this work was written to challenge the highly...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2015 1:12 pm UTC

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A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

The audience for Mary Wollstonecraft's essay, "A Vindication of the Rights of Woman," is much disputed. The essay is addressed to the French diplomat, Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, who...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2020 3:20 am UTC

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A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

In her A Vindication of the Rights of Women, Wollstonecraft argues that society is harmed because women are inadequately educated. She states that the emphasis in middle-class and wealthier homes...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2020 3:13 pm UTC

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A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

British proto-feminist writer Mary Wollstonecraft (1759–1797) wrote A Vindication of the Rights of Women: With Strictures on Political and Moral Subjects (1792) in quick reaction to Charles Maurice...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2019 5:48 pm UTC

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A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

In the opening chapter of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman Mary Wollstonecraft argues that it is in his capacity for reason that man's pre-eminence over the animals ultimately resides. Despite...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2020 11:42 am UTC

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A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

According to Wollstonecraft, those distinctions between men and women that she deems as unnatural are those that have been constructed by patriarchal society. That is to say, they arise out of...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2020 10:14 am UTC

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A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

If you are operating out of a course syllabus, class text, and/ or instructor notes, I would refer to those in answering a multiple choice question. In terms of the options available, I think that...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2013 12:48 pm UTC

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A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

As one might expect of a feminist tract, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman is highly critical of patriarchal society, how it stifles, restricts, and infantilizes women. Men have created a social...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2020 10:06 am UTC

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A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

The quote presented is from Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Women. In this passage, Wollstonecraft examines assertions in Jean-Jacques Rousseau's Emile: Book V. Here is...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2020 11:00 pm UTC

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A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

Although many women's situations have changed radically since Wollstonecraft's time, some of the themes she addresses are still relevant to women today. Wollstonecraft wrote her book to push back...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2021 11:47 am UTC

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A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

One of Mary Wollstonecraft's strongest condemnations of women can be found in the second Vindication where she accuses women of having weak characters, a feature that is evident in those...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2017 7:26 pm UTC

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A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

Your question seems to indicate that Mary Wollstonecraft was American and wrote in an American context. In fact, she was English and wrote this powerful essay based on her experience of being a...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2011 6:41 pm UTC

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A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

Austen knew and shared Wollstonecraft's sentiments as expressed in A Vindication of the Rights of Women. Despite being perceived as a radical document in its day, Wollstonecraft's Vindication is...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2018 6:06 am UTC

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A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

You might like to consider the Introduction of this brilliant essay to see Woolstonecraft's main concerns and criticisms of the education system which she argues is to blame for so much of the...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2011 7:26 pm UTC

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A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

Rousseau in Emile insists that women are "naturally" given to such behaviors as being obsessed with their looks and playing with dolls. He also asserts that women want to be subjugated by men...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2019 7:10 pm UTC

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A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

One of the key areas of “rights” on which Wollstonecraft focuses is education. While her essay is concerned with the “rights of woman,” the title was chosen partly in response to earlier writings...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2019 7:44 pm UTC

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A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

One of the fundamental authorities that Wollstonecraft challenges is the social construction that places women in roles that embody stratification. Wollstonecraft refutes the authority of social...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2014 1:16 am UTC

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A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

Probably not. Although Wollstonecraft had plenty to say about marriage in "A Vindication of the Rights of Woman," you won't see her saying (or even hinting) that marriage should be avoided...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2016 8:36 pm UTC

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A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

Wollstonecraft cannot be seen as anti-feminist, because she counsels women not to be soft-spoken. She does not have an "extreme hatred" for soft-spoken women, but she does say in her Vindication of...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2017 11:39 pm UTC

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A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

A Vindication of the Rights of Woman is not a satire. It is a straightforward exposition of ideas which present-day scholars would usually regard as "pre-feminist" or "proto-feminist." In some ways...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2018 4:12 am UTC

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A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

As an old television commercial once exclaimed, women have come "a long way, baby" in terms of gender equality since Mary Wollstonecraft's day. In fact, the way women lived then in eighteenth...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2018 12:29 pm UTC

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A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

Wollstonecraft's Vindication argues that women need to be properly educated so that they can be better helpmates to their husbands, better managers of their households, and better parents to their...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2019 5:31 pm UTC

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A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

Part of Bakhtin's basic idea is that there is an interplay that exists within all construction of language. Nothing, Bakhtin would argue, simply exists on its own. Rather, it is a construction of...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2012 1:17 pm UTC

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A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

I would have thought that the biggest implication out of the choices you list would have been social, as this treatise calls for a massive reassessment of the role of women in society and how they...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2011 6:46 pm UTC

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A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

Mary Wollstoncraft's objective was to prescribe a way that women's "manners" might be modified in order to raise them from the societally oppressed position of being considered nothing more than...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2013 5:31 pm UTC

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