Monday, February 24, 2014
Declaration of the Rights of Women
As Professor Vaught shared in class, the purpose of feminism should not be to achieve equality, but in actuality, inequality from men. I agree with this thought because I see the point of feminism as a movement for women to fight for rights that will position women above the status quo, and a truly successful feminist movement will have women above men in certain rights. Thus, I find The Declaration of the Rights of Women somewhat flawed because Gouges essentially is seeking a revolution where women will will attain rights and liberties in order to be equal to men. Furthermore, in the postscript, Gouges states that "[she] leave it to men to attain glory for dealing with this matter..." This statement confused me because it gave off the vibe that even though she is passionately trying to stir the hearts of women, she mentions that it is the men's action and support women need to gain more rights in society. Not sure, if I misread that portion but it did make me question Gouges.