The original suffragette: the extraordinary Mary Wollstonecraft by guest contributor Bee Rowlatt


 

Mary by Bee Rowlatt

Source: The original suffragette: the extraordinary Mary Wollstonecraft

In Search of Mary by Bee Rowlatt (Alma Books) is out on 15 October. Further information:http://www.maryonthegreen.org.A portrait of Mary Wollstonecraft.img_179121121411131113312112341122212211121111111112211111111211121

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  1. Reblogged this on Mark Geoffrey Kirshner and commented:

    her reputation was killed in the scandal following the revelation of her unconventional life and loves. Overnight she became toxic. The shockwaves were massive, and lasting. Wollstonecraft’s enemies couldn’t contain their glee: here was proof irrefutable that she was a whore, a “hyena in petticoats” as Horace Walpole described her.

    Scurrilous poems did the rounds, including an exceptionally unpleasant piece of work called The Un-sex’d Females. This was poetry functioning as an 18th-century Twitter: mocking Wollstonecraft as a “poor maniac” a “voluptuous” victim of “licentious love.” The author also crowed that “she died a death that strongly marked the distinction of the sexes, by pointing out the destiny of women, and the diseases to which they are liable.” In that oldest of misogynistic chestnuts: she was asking for it. She was a trouble-maker, and she died a woman’s death. Take note, ladies!

    Source: The original suffragette: the extraordinary Mary Wollstonecraft

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