What does Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz mean when she says, "What wisdom may be ours if not the philosophies of our kitchen?"    

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Sor Juana reclaims the space of the kitchen as equally suitable for intellectual pursuits. A life of religious devotion and contemplation must be lived everywhere, and no aspect of daily life should be excluded. While women may feel—as she herself had felt at times—that they are confined to the kitchen, that does not render the kitchen unsuitable for religious pursuits. Sor Juana includes matters of the intellect in her approach to devotion. There were times when she was forbidden access to her books, but she maintains that the stuff of real life is just as stimulating as the ideas found in books, or even more so. Consideration of practical matters is useful in helping one understand the limits of the material world. She also expresses the opinion that Aristotle would have written more if he had been a cook.

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This quote from Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz is a common argument point for the feminist and women’s rights movements. Particularly in prior decades and centuries, women were...

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