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Woman, Church & State

Matilda Joslyn Gage

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .gainst the general libidinous character of the age.[12] Her opposition to the debasing theories of the “Romance” marks the later period of woman’s entrance into literature, and is an era from which dates the modern intellectual development of Europe.[13] Efforts to utterly crush the moral rectitude of women through the adoption of those base ideas of phallic origin, having been the systematic course of the Church, the State and society through many hundred years, it is a most notable proof of her innate disbelief in this teaching, that woman’s first literary work of[Pg 52] modern times was written in opposition to such a powerfully sustained theory as to her innate depravity. Christine asserted the common humanity of woman, entirely repudiating the sensual ideas of the times.

To the credit of mankind it must be recorded that the laity did not unresistingly yield to priestly power, but made many attempts to take their temporal concerns from . . . Read More

Community Reviews

I loved all the lessons of "Herstory" to be read here. What an under rated pioneer for women, Matilda was and no one even seems to know. A friend of mine gave me this fine copy. I have difficulty loaning it. Although, I am semi renting it out. People loan me five of their faves for this one. Because

I am currently re-reading in PDF downloaded from Google Books Woman, Church and State by Matilda Joslyn Gage on a tablet computer.

Matilda Joslyn Gage was raised in an Abolitionist home that was a stop on the Underground Railroad. A mother of four, she was a founding member of the National Woman Suf

A classic of feminist theory, from that all-important "first wave" -- a must-read for all women.


Interesting but quite outdated in some ways.

I recently read "White Women's Rights: The racial origins of feminism in the United States" by Louise Newman and wanted to review suffragist writing through Newman's lens. My friend had a copy of "Woman, Church, and State" and let me borrow it. I'm about half way through and I must admit that while

Insanely good and a must read for women especcially.