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I have not read the book yet so cannot comment on it but it sounds interesting. For a research project
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3.0 out of 5 stars Feminist essay/novel
This novel tells the story of a woman, Herminia, striving to live according to the beliefs of her own version of feminism. Published in 1895, it manages to be particularly interesting given the different conventionalities of women’s rights at that time, whilst still providing a lot of thought that could be relevant to women’s rights today. It gives the...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Feminist essay/novel, 11 Jun 2014
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This novel tells the story of a woman, Herminia, striving to live according to the beliefs of her own version of feminism. Published in 1895, it manages to be particularly interesting given the different conventionalities of women’s rights at that time, whilst still providing a lot of thought that could be relevant to women’s rights today. It gives the impression that the author shares his main character’s views, and takes the opportunity to lay down various arguments throughout the book, which, particularly near the end, become a little excessively long, reading more like a feminist essay than a novel.

It contains original ideas, and the characters and their relationships are interesting for this reason. The book suffers from its skirting round the issue of sexual intercourse – we learn that Hermina is strongly against marriage, co-habitation with a romantic partner, the sharing of a partner’s finances, and practically every other major aspect of a conventional marital relationship, viewing all these as heinous crimes against women, and we are given detailed arguments of her reasons for being so, incorporating social, political and moral elements, centering on how these institutions covertly ensure men’s dominance over women. Yet she finds nothing objectionable at all in sex or in the relations that sex necessitates between men and women – on the contrary, we are told she views celibacy as even more evil than marriage (which, for this character, is saying something) – yet we are given no explanation for this exception, other than the occasional vague allusion to the possibility of motherhood resulting from sex as being what nature intended. The time at which the novel was written and published probably meant any more details be given on this subject, yet it stands out as a glaring omission from Herminia’s and the author’s feminist theory.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sorry, 26 April 2014
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I have not read the book yet so cannot comment on it but it sounds interesting. For a research project
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2.0 out of 5 stars A woman who did ??, 24 Jan 2013
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rapidly lost interest, gave it up as a bad-job...almost fell asleep,have read better books of theis period,wouldn't recommend this book
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