Posted by MB on June 01, 1998 at 15:16:40:
In response to On women, written by Kay on May 31, 1998 at 17:58:00
] Gaarder/Alberto talked about Hildegard of Bingen and Simone de Beauvoir. I recommend reading "A Room of One's Own," by Virginia Woolf to get some understanding of the reasons why more women weren't authors, philosophers, composers, etc. While I am very interested in the problems women had in the past (and especially the very gifted Clara Schumann), I really get impatient with those who would reject the whole western canon because women, aren't represented.
] I think the fact that the philosophy lessons were written for girls (Sophie and Hilde) shows that now it's women's turn to become philosophers.
I consider myself a feminist (occasionally a "raging feminist" according to some sources! ;-), but I have to say that I agree wholeheartedly with your opinion (in the former paragraph) and with your explanation (in the latter). We should judge the book based on what it is, rather than criticize it for what it is not. Sophie's World was the best book I read in all of 1997!
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