Constitutional Equality a Right of Woman (1871)
by Tennessee Claflin Cook (9780217698924)

Constitutional Equality a Right of Woman (1871)
 
Tennessee Claflin Cook
Release Date: 10 December 0140
Format: Paperback
Pages: 56
Category: Civil Rights
ISBN: 9780217698924
ISBN-10: 0217698921



Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: WOMAN AS A SOCIAL ELEMENT. ARE WOMEN A PART OF SOCIETY HAVE THEY ANY RIGHTS WHO SHALL DEFINE THEM THE CONDITION OP SOCIETY BEHIND RESPECTABILITY?THE DIFFERENCE. The larger portion of the human family is female; the disparity comes from death in battle and from casualties, arising from man's peculiar employment, rather than from difference in numbers born. Society is male and female. The science of society?sociology?teaches the relations that should exist between them, and the special sphere of each in them. One of the legitimate, because natural, results of these relations, is offspring; these, it is woman's mission to bear, as it is so determined by the order of nature, everywhere. The ultimate earthly end attained by the creation?evolution?of man, was the elimination of spirit?life?from matter; the individualization of souls, from the homogenious mass of life existing in the material universe. Whatever other parts the human family play in earth life, the one of reproduction is that upon which they hinge. But is this all that is allotted to man and woman to perform? Do their duties begin and end in the purely domestic ? From childhooa, unless compelled by the pecuniary circumstances of her parents, woman does little else than eat, drink, sleep and flirt, and prepare for the marriage market So far as practical utility is concerned, she is a mere cipher in value to society. Married, she assumes the onerous (?) duties of the household; and thus one half the human family are born, live and die, reaching nothing beyond this. Allowing that, on an average, five years of woman's life are necessarily withdrawn from all other duties by those of maternity, what becomes of the remainder ? Are the remaining thirty to be spent innothingness because these five must be so devoted ...

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