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Men and the Making of Modern British Feminism$
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Arianne Chernock

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804763110

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804763110.001.0001

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Becoming Champions of the Fair Sex

Becoming Champions of the Fair Sex

(p.11) Chapter One Becoming Champions of the Fair Sex
Men and the Making of Modern British Feminism
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This chapter explores the late British Enlightenment as a launching point for discussion of why some men took it upon themselves to explore women's rights. Women in late-eighteenth-century Britain lacked access to education, control (once married) over their property, and political representation. Like radicalism, feminism was marked by a sociability that defies easy categorization. Opposition to feminism came from Loyalists, from readers of the reactionary Anti-Jacobin Review, and from other reformers, male and female alike. Feminism also served as a badge of enlightened radicalism, a sign of a man's willingness to push late-Enlightenment precepts to the limit. Philosophical impulses mixed with religious beliefs, family dynamics, and personal encounters to convince certain men that feminism had to be bundled with their other reformist programs.

Keywords:   British Enlightenment, women's rights, Britain, feminism, radicalism, religious beliefs, family dynamics

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