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Written by Reeba
(5/1/2010 6:57 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Charlotte's choice, Austen's feminism?, penned by Heather Leigh
She shows that those women who have *Rights* like Lady Catherine and Mrs Ferrars, tend to misuse these rights.
A woman (Emma) is made to learn to respect a man regardless of his situation in life - Robert Martin (not a gentleman even).
Of course women were allowed to work or choose who they wanted to marry!!
I see JA attemping at *balancing things out*, where a Mrs Goddard could run a school, and if Mr Bennet thinks all girls and Mrs Bennet are silly, JA is happy to come up with a silly man.
I see JA showing what was wrong in society - *regardless of the gender*.
I also feel that if JA was being revolutionary in P&P by coming up with feminist ideas she wouldn't have called P&P too light and too sparkling.
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