The Mother of All Questions Setting & Symbolism

Rebecca Solnit
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The Angel in the House

This is an idea coined by Virginia Woolf to describe the voice that women hear in their own minds discouraging them from speaking out directly and telling them to be indirect and plying. Woolf boasts of having killed this Angel in herself.

The Female Body

One of the problems of misogyny that Solnit deals with the most often is the feeling of entitlement men feel towards women’s bodies. For example, sex with a woman is imagined as a man’s right, rather than something that also involves the woman’s own choice, as in the case of affirmative consent. Solnit also takes issue with the antiabortion narrative as depriving woman of control over their own bodies.

Emma Sulkowicz' Mattress

Columbia Student Emma Sulkowicz carried the mattress on which she was raped as a symbol of protest, to make public her own suffering...

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