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3.0 out of 5 stars Anecdotal, 24 May 2012
This review is from: Bluestockings: The Remarkable Story of the First Women to Fight for an Education (Paperback)
This book reveals much of the reactionary attitude of men towards women's university education - but not other types of education. It is anecdotal, and it does not analyse the effect of educating women, nor does it look into the future. It presents the arguments against the education of women (many of them by clergymen) but I remember no assertive statement of the benefits. It is British in scope, and none the worse for that, but I should have relished a comparison with the struggle of women for education in other countries. I was disappointed with some of the words that the author uses. How for example can the removal of a bed be a prophylactic? (p177) On p129 Robinson writes, "A descendant of that meat pie van exists in Oxford still." Is this witty? When I had finished reading, I was aware of the struggle of women to gain a university education, but I felt curiously dissatisfied with the ingredients; I found that the more I read of the book, the more lukewarm my enthusiasm. Perhaps the author aimed only for a lightweight and anecdotal presentation, in which she succeeds, rather than a more deeply analytical and academic exegesis, which this book is not.
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