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By Matthew Kramer, N. E. Simmonds, Hillel Steiner

ISBN-10: 019826853X

ISBN-13: 9780198268536

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This number of essays kinds a full of life debate over the basic features of criminal and ethical rights. The essays learn no matter if rights essentially safeguard contributors' pursuits or whether or not they as a substitute essentially let participants to make offerings.

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In most countries, the majority of feminists insisted that the evolution of the family should not lead backward toward matriarchy, but lead forward toward equality. The earliest example of a full-fledged debate on this subject occurred in the Netherlands, where (as we shall see in chapter 2) the rights of unmarried mothers and their children became a heated topic of discussion in the 1890s. ”64 But Wilhelmine Drucker, leader of the major Dutch feminist organization, the Free Women’s Association (Vrije Vrouwenveriniging) and editor of the periodical Evolutie, decisively rejected all such fantasies.

Bust of Nelly Roussel and her daughter, Mireille Godet, by Roussel’s husband, Henri Godet, 1911. The original is in the Bibliothèque Marguerite Durand, Paris.  “A       W     ” : M        P           H     T M-A Ibsen’s heroine, Nora, aspired to emerge from her sheltered “doll’s house” and to become an autonomous human being as well as a wife and mother. But was such a thing possible? Scholars looked to the past for answers to this question—often with dismal results, for history and prehistory seemed to show that woman’s subordination was universal throughout time and space.

But like any body of theoretical knowledge, the history of the family had complex and ambiguous implications. If patriarchy was an evanescent family structure, then what should replace it: a family headed by a mother, or an egalitarian male–female couple? And what would be the consequences of patriarchy’s demise? This question aroused enough anxiety to set off an anti-feminist backlash. This chapter will first look at the intellectual context in which this new knowledge was produced and then at these feminist and anti-feminist interpretations.

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