Re: PHIL: Domination and Equality

E. Shaun Russell (
Mon, 24 Feb 1997 17:23:01 -0800 (PST)

On 23/02/97, Mark Grant wrote:

>> Until Mary Shelley
>> and Emily Dickinson came around in the nineteenth century, there had been
>> virtually no female notability (I'm excluding "nobility")

>Why? Elizabeth I wasn't exactly a retiring housewife, and Eleanor of
>Aquitaine seems to have got up to some pretty notable stuff (she may well
>be responsible for our whole modern idea of 'love').

I excluded nobility because women (as were men) were appointed and
conditioned to be noble. In other words, they didn't have to risk their
careers or lives to be was taken for granted that they were of
noble blood (which was allegedly God-chosen).

>Who was Sappho? I've heard her name mentioned a few times, but missed out
>on her somehow...

She was the first notable feminist in history. Though I myself
don't know a lot about her, I know that she was one of the first advocates
of gender equality. Needless to say, she was killed by men.

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