The Morality of Marriage and Other Essays on the Status and Destiny of Woman

The Morality of Marriage and Other Essays on the Status and Destiny of Woman

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ...colour to popular fears. Anyone who imagines that he can destroy a social fact by attacking its figure-head, is hopeful rather than wise. It is not marriage per so, but the whole-, social drift with which it is at present co-related, that constitutes the evil. We must look not for destruction, but for re-birth. The essential wrongs on which I have been insisting--being wrongs of thought and sentiment--are destined to give way before a vigorous moral Renaissance, which has already begun. Few close observers can have failed to recognise, amidst the remarkable tumult of thought during the last few years, signs and wonders which seem to herald an awakening of this nature. These new ideas--like waves on an iron-bound coast--create not a little clamour as they beat upon the granite of age-long creed and custom. That clamour attests their reality and their strength. That this change should be hotly opposed for a season is not a matter for regret. Ideas on which the fate of humanity may depend, could not be safely admitted without at least some preliminary processes of threshing, by which one may hope the chaff may be separated from the grain. The majority still believe, and must continue 'to believe for a long time to come, that there is nothing but danger in any doctrine which disturbs, by one hairsbreadth, the present conceptions of the conjugal relations. That majority will continue their work on the threshing-floor, perhaps helping rather than hindering that which they desire to oppose. The new ideal must submit to the process for the appointed years of its probation. The changes suggested here, involve an immense increase of complexity, a widening of the human horizon. We are, in fact, contemplating a stupendous step of racial more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 150g
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236783913
  • 9781236783912