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The Man-Made World; or, Our Androcentric Culture

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .rn days, women are freer, in some countries freer than in others; here in modern America freest of all; and the result is seen in our improving standards of health and beauty.

Still there remains the field of inter-masculine competition, does there not? Do not the males still struggle together? Is not that as of old, a source of race advantage?

To some degree it is. When life was simple and our activities consisted mainly in fighting and hard work; the male who could vanquish the others was bigger and stronger. But inter-masculine competition ceases to be of such advantage when we enter the field of social service. What is required in organized society is the specialization of the individual, the development of special talents, not always of immediate benefit to the man himself, but of ultimate benefit to society. The best social servant, progressive, meeting future needs, is almost always at a disadvantage besides the well-established lower types. W. . . Read More

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Charlotte Perkins Gilman was a genius.
Perhaps there are many things she missed (how could she really believe that housework and child-rearing could be turned into industries, just because making clothes and shoes had been turned into industries? well, there is a logic, but it is oddly flawed...)

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A feminist essay written by the author of "The Yellow Wall Paper," I was surprised and delighted to learn that one of my favorite authors was also active in women's rights. "The Man-Made World" has a number of strong points: my favorite was Gilman's fashion commentary. The following is an excerpt fr


“Advocates of football, for instance, proudly claim that it fits a man for life. Life–from the wholly male point of view–is a battle, with a prize. …This is an archaism which would be laughable if it were not so dangerous in its effects. … The valuable processes today are those of

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تتناول جيلمان ملامح العالم الذي يسيطر عليه الرجال اليوم، وتناقشه في ضوء التفرقة بين الخصائص الجنسية والخصائص البشرية، فالخصائص الجنسية هي تلك التي يختص بها جنس الذكور وحدهم، أو جنس النساء وحدهن، أما الخصائص البشرية فهي

La pensée de Charlotte Perkins Gilman, bien qu'elle soit féministe, sociologique et socialiste, ne manque pas d'avoir des angles morts très très importants. Ses deux fictions Herland et With Her in Ourland nous permettait de jeter un coup d’œil à ses théories à l'aide d'une fiction utopiste et des s

Perkins Gilman, you son of a gun. This book is Christian apologist, heteronormative, gender essentialist, and way too uncritical of racist anthropology, and I've read enough turn of the century leftist writings to know that yeah, this is a comparatively conservative take from someone who runs with t

Before "Phallocentrism" and Freudian inspired feminism, there was the word "Androcentrism" used here by Perkins Gilman. Those words are basically the same, that the world and its systems are made and favored for men leaving women as second-class citizens.

Because this is a totally wrong starting poin

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