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Sociology and Anthropology
SOAN 2111
Linda Hunter

October 15, 2012 Astell continued… Equality for Women - ‘A serious proposal’ – critique of male privilege – especially in education - Asked, “why – since God had given women as well as men intelligent souls, they should be forbidden to improve them?” - feminist and royalist influence, as well as religion influence - She was committed to reason over passion, but she allowed the passions a much greater role than idealists would have - Passions are natural and unavoidable, but we need to govern them - ‘Some reflections upon a marriage’ – Astell warned women of the risky consequences of their choice of ‘a monarch for life’ = she advised the single state o comments on spousal abuse o the Bible is for us, not against us - the whole word = a single women’s family - committed to reason and intellect over passion – passion is natural and avoidable, we need to calm and control our passions – maintain empire of reason and freedom of will – should not be enslaved by any appetite (sex) - “If all men are born free, how is it that all women are born slaves…” o ‘some flection upon marriage’ drew an analogy between a husband’s domination over his wife and that of human’s over nature o environmental consciousness was a rare strain of though in 17 th century Europe o Astell sought for the establishment of a college for women Politics: Utility Theory Toryism a) obey
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