Margaret Fuller: Apple as Apple, Woman as Woman

Are you sometimes drawn against feminism, presuming it declares equality and sameness between the sexes? Fuller in Context Listen then in this series of feminist philosophers to the American feminist Margaret Fuller who wrote Woman in the Nineteenth Century in 1844. Fuller was a Christian feminist. (Can these exist? Yes they can, did and do exist. She is for instance... Continue Reading →

Your body is YOUR body

Recently I read that Emperor Joseph II of the Austrian empire abolished serfdom `by royal decision' in 1781. Serfdom; I thought, what is that exactly? In Dutch it is called lijfeigenschap,in German Leibeigenschaft,in Spanish servidumbre and in French bondage servage. It means according to Wikipedia: `the situation that someone's body is considered as the property... Continue Reading →

Attributed Meanings of Masculinity and Femininity

I see gender more as a combination of two aspects: masculinity and femininity. I might have a particular percentage of masculinity and a particular percentage of femininity within me, even though I am  biologically spoken a woman and thus female.Back to the basics I: SexBack to the basics II: Gender  Still, here in my blogs I will use particular... Continue Reading →

Belle van Zuylen (Isabelle de Charrière) : “I have no talent for subordination” 1

Dutch feminist philosopher, writer, composer (Zuilen NL, 20-10-1740 - Colombier CH 27-12-1805)   Portret by Maurice Quentin de La Tour (1771) Castle There is a castle in Zuylen, near Utrecht in the Netherlands. In that castle lived Belle van Zuylen untill she was fourteen. Later she moved to Colombier near Neuchâtel in Switserland. At home she had private lessons in... Continue Reading →

Back to the basics II: Gender

  While sex is your biological make-up (female, intersex, male), gender refers to the social meanings and consequences of that  in a particular society and time. Gender is somewhat fluid, changeable and different in various societies and times. So, in some African countries women are expected to carry ceramic vases with water for miles. By contrast, in many... Continue Reading →

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