A Vindication of the Rights of Woman | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Jenny Davidson

Mark Wollstonecraft
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Critical Essay by Jenny Davidson

SOURCE: Davidson, Jenny. “‘Professed Enemies of Politeness’: Sincerity and the Problem of Gender in Godwin's Enquiry Concerning Political Justice and Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Woman.Studies in Romanticism 39, no. 4 (winter 2000): 599-615.

In the following essay, Davidson compares Wollstonecraft's treatment of insincerity in politics and social life in A Vindication of the Rights of Woman with William Godwin's less gendered political arguments in An Enquiry Concerning Political Justice.

Wollstonecraft's Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) identifies dissimulation as a specifically female problem. Attacking modesty as the embodiment of insincerity, Wollstonecraft aligns femininity with deceptiveness and suggests that as a consequence, women have an obligation to be not less but more truthful than their male counterparts: this is the ultimate &#x...

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