This is (in an oblique way, perhaps) my point ; -)
Posted by Carolyn B on April 21, 1998 at 21:44:14:
In response to The Vote -- not very good example (try education), written by The Mysterious H.C. on April 20, 1998 at 22:34:23
] Carolyn -- the question of women voting was barely even in consideration in Jane Austen's time (except among a very few advanced speculative thinkers), since only a small minority of adult males had the vote in England then.
] So what I'm saying, is that I think that asking whether Jane Austen would have supported giving women the vote is almost meaningless, since wouldn't have seemed to be much of a real question or issue in the social environment in which Jane Austen lived (as opposed to abstract radical speculation).
HC, you've actually just kind of proved (you may disagree) what I'm trying (perhaps not very well) to say, which is that the term "feminist" when read/heard/used by most people today embraces many issues that would not necessarily be issues of importance to those people in the past whom we today might want to label feminists.
(who should never argue over semantics anyway because it just makes her brain hurt ; P)
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