Ourselves; Essays on Women

Ourselves; Essays on Women

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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. 1884 edition. Excerpt: ... moral world which is to be under woman's undivided sway, when all the manly offices of the present are to be redistributed, and women are to rule and govern all things--the grave judicial bench presided over by a woman, all impulse and no balance, all excess and no golden mean, will be something for men and gods to see--and I fear for angels to weep at! Putting aside the patent nonsense about the handsome men getting all the votes and verdicts, and the pretty girls being invariably cast in their suits, the fact of partisanship, as a feminine characteristic, remains the same and the injustice of feminine judgment admits of no possible contradiction. Take a woman who is called on to decide between her own flesh and blood--her son or daughter, say--and the wife or husband belonging, and see whether she can hold an even balance, if troubles have come from the faults or follies of her own kith. Her heart pleads one way and justice declares for the other; and which does she obey? The woman who would be capable of seeing that the one she loved best had offended most would be capable of much more than this. But in most cases excess of love would carry it over just judgment; and while a loving father could decide righteously, uniting justice and love together, a loving mother could only decide with partiality, and for her own. Even the sentiment of sex, which makes her so doubly formidable as a man's mother-in-law, would be of no weight if the delinquent was her son and his victim only her daughter-in-law; and many a young household has owed the total wreck of its happiness to that feminine excess of love in the mother which could not do justice against its own. Many a mother might have set things straight in the beginning, if she would but have...show more

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  • Paperback | 78 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236850718
  • 9781236850713