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The Woman Question

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Hélène Sauvé

on 12 January 2014

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Transcript of The Woman Question

Man must be pleased; but him to please
Is woman's pleasure; down the gulf
Of his condoled necessities
She casts her best, she flings herself.
How often flings for nought, and yokes
Her heart to an icicle or whim,
Whose each impatient word provokes
Another, not from her, but him;
While she, too gentle even to force
His penitence by kind replies,
Waits by, expecting his remorse,
With pardon in her pitying eyes;
And if he once, by shame oppress'd,
A comfortable word confers,
She leans and weeps against his breast,
And seems to think the sin was hers;
And whilst his love has any life,
Or any eye to see her charms,
At any time, she's still his wife,
Dearly devoted to his arms;
She loves with love that cannot tire;
And when, ah woe, she loves alone,
Through passionate duty love springs higher,
As grass grows taller round a stone.

Coventry Patmore,
The Angel in the House
, 1854
John Stuart Mill's petition calling for women's franchise is rejected
Parliamentary Act for the Better Prevention and Punishment of Aggravated Assaults upon Women and Children
Representation of the People Act

Women over 30 have
the right to vote
“A woman cannot live in the light
of intellect. Society forbids it. Those conventional frivolities, which are
called her 'duties', forbid it. Her
'domestic duties', high-sounding
words, which, for the most part,
are but bad habits (which she has
not the courage to enfranchise
herself from, the strength to break
through), forbid it.”

Florence Nightingale
"Killing the Angel in the House
was part of the occupation
of a woman writer"

Virginia Woolf
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