By Denise Riley
An try and discover the concept that there are historic sedimentations of individuals into gendered different types, together with the asymmetrical distances of either "women" and "men" from altering principles of the human; the expanding saturation, from the overdue 17th century, of ladies with their intercourse; and the 19th century elisions among "the social" and "women". it truly is argued that feminism can't yet play out the inescapable indeterminacy of "women" no matter if consciously or now not, and that this is often made simple in its oscillations, because the 1790s, among options of equality and of distinction. the writer keeps complete acceptance of the paradox of the class of "women" isn't a semantic doubt, yet a for a good feminist political philosophy.
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Nevertheless, a sense of the tenacious vulnerabilities and uses of 'women' by all sides is also hugely important for suffrage history. <:'r? nlrencned by the end of the nindeentll i:entury. An early 71 women have no political interests apart from men. The public measures that are taken, the restrictions or taxes imposed on the community, do not affect them more than male subjects. In all such respects the interests of the two sexes are identical. As citizens, therefore, they are sufficiently represented, already.
When the housing needs of workers after 1918 were argued, it was on behalf of a body of fighting men who had returned home, to whom a just reward was due from an indebted nation. Shame would ensue if the g,enuine need of this working class were to be neglected, while any flickers of insuJTectionism would be doused by its satisfacti~. But 'working-class women' entered the housing debates not only as somewhat tarnished domestic angels, but also as the points where 'society' could best endeavour to meet the threatenint; and threatened class in its intimate fonn.
At the same time, he proposed that enfranchising women who might well behave dis similarly, would nevertheless ennoble the category of women as an abstraction: Meanwhile an unworthy stigma would be removed from the whole sex. : unn-orthy of regard, or: thing:; which mnc:em the"" equally with men, and on many things which conce01 them much more than men ... If only one woman in 20,000 used the suffrage, to be decla,red capable of it would be a boon to all women. Even that theoretical enfranchisement would remove a weight from the expansion of their facilities, the real mischief of which is much greater than the apparent.
Am I That Name?: Feminism and the Category of 'Women' in History by Denise Riley