How I Write by Russell Bertrand

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Particularly ²⁵ Ernst Brandes was Therese Heyne-Forster-Huber’s uncle, and well aware of her intellectual pursuits. Either he is guilty of hypocrisy here, in that he exempts his own family from these remonstrations, or he is in fact complaining about young girls precisely like his niece. , Geschichte der Mädchen- und Frauenbildung, i. Vom Mittelalter bis zur Aufklärung (Frankfurt am Main: Campus, 1996), 525 n. 527. ²⁶ Brandes would have been familiar with the attentions required of a lover, as he had had an affair with Lotte Kestner (Werther’s Lotte) three years prior to the publication of Ueber die Weiber.

Beeinträchtigung, ja [. ] Subjektzerstörung’ (see above) seems therefore to be misguided. Women themselves did not passively receive these ideas, but reflected on the implications of the gender model proposed by the likes of Humboldt and Fichte. In 1799, Charlotte von Kalb graphically expressed how this ideology looked to a woman: Das Testament der Männer an die Töchter lautet ungefähr so: Ihr habt kein Recht [an]s Leben, keine Liebe giebt’s für euch, ihr werdet verachtet oder genossen. ⁶⁸ ⁶⁵ Amalia Holst, ‘Über die Bestimmung des Weibes zur höhern Geistesbildung (1802)’, in Die Frau ist frei geboren: Texte zur Frauenemanzipation, i.

Ackermann’s goal was to determine all anatomical differences between the sexes except the purely sexual. ’⁵⁰ Sexual difference was no longer a superficial phenomenon affecting the sexual organs, but an organizing principle of the human body. As a result, human sexuality was radically reconstituted in the eighteenth century, and, as ever, reconstitution was more radical for women than for men. For thousands of years it had been a commonplace that women had the same genitals as men [. ] except [women’s] are inside the body and not outside it [.

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