Thursday, September 15, 2022
Feminism at the League of Nations - Janice Fiamengo
Feminism Between the Wars, The 1920s Lesbian Scene in Paris - Janice Fiamengo
Feminism Between the Wars: The Self Pity of Virginia Woolf - Janice Fiamengo
Sex Insanity Amongst Early Feminists - Janice Fiamengo
Objectification or Adoration, Love Poems in the English Renaissance Tradition
If it were true that the history of the west were the history of men oppressing women, we would expect to find some significant evidence of such oppression—of male entitlement to women’s bodies, sexual violence, or indifference to women’s pain—in the literature that privileged men wrote.
We would expect that some of the most culturally influential men of their time would at least occasionally reveal their contempt for women and their pleasure in controlling them.
What we encounter instead is a massive body of love poetry stretching back through the centuries in which extended adoration of the woman and expressions of dedicated or hopeless yearning form a major component, and in which the commission of violence is presented as the height of mental malady, as in Robert Browning’s sinister dramatic monologue “My Last Duchess” (1842).