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Brave Men and Women

Brave Men and Women

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Published by: Dharmsen Soni on Jan 26, 2011
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All good men feel, of course, that any distinctive separation of the sexes, all
those separate gatherings and marks which would divide woman from man,
and set her upon a separate pedestal, are as foolish as they are really
impracticable. You will find no one who believes less in what certain
philanthropists call the emancipation of women than a happy mother and
wife. She does not want to be emancipated; and she is quite unwilling that,
instead of being the friend and ally of man, she should be his opponent. She
feels truly that the woman's cause is man's.

"For woman is not undeveloped man, But diverse. Could we make her as
the man, Sweet love were slain, whose dearest bond is this-- Not like to
like, but like in difference."

The very virtues of woman, not less than her faults, fit her for her
attachment to man. There is no man so bad as not to find some pitying
woman who will admire and love him; and no man so wise but that he shall
find some woman equal to the full comprehension of him, ready to
understand him and to strengthen him. With such a woman he will grow
more tender, ductile, and appreciative; the man will be more of woman, she
of man. Whether society, as it is at present constituted, fits our young
women to be the good wives they should be is another question. In lower
middle life, and with the working classes, it is asserted that the women are
not sufficiently taught to fulfill their mission properly; but, if in large towns
the exigencies of trade use up a large portion of the female population, it is
no wonder that they can not be at the same time good mill-hands,
bookbinders, shopwomen, and mothers, cooks, and housewives. We may
well have recourse to public cookery, and talk about working men's
dinners--thus drifting from an opposite point into the coming
socialism--when we absorb all the home energies of the woman in gaining
money sufficient for her daily bread. Yet these revelations, nor those yet
more dreadful ones which come out daily in some of our law courts, are not
sufficient to make us overlook the fact that with us by far the larger portion
of marriages are happy ones, and that of men's wives we still can write as
the most eloquent divine who ever lived, Jeremy Taylor, wrote, "A good
wife is Heaven's last, best gift to man--his angel and minister of graces
innumerable--his gem of many virtues--his casket of jewels. Her voice is

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