A Twitter thread by @Dr_Kate_Newey
1/ Your thread reminds me of a striking passage in J S Mill & Harriet Taylor’s Subjection of Women: “The masters of women wanted more than simple obedience, and they turned the whole force of education to effect their purpose.
2/ All women are brought up from the very earliest years in the belief that their ideal of character is the very opposite to that of men; not self-will, and government by self-control, but submission, and yielding to the control of others.
3/ All the moralities tell them that it is the duty of women, and all the current sentimentalities that it is their nature, to live for others; to make complete abnegation of themselves, and to have no life but in their affections.
4/ And by their affections are meant the only ones they are allowed to have—those to the men with whom they are connected, or to the children who constitute an additional and indefeasible tie between them and a man.
This is 1869; pertinent 150 years later
It’s a striking analysis of female conditioning into femininity, to serve men and masculinity.