Lewis Lapham: Drunk Lout, Teen Wife Enraged Irish Aristo
Everyone should have the same opportunities to get ahead in business, the professions and politics. It’s not happening because men reserve power and privilege for themselves.
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To keep women down, men perpetuate the notion that the female sex is less intelligent, more emotional and essentially passive.
This view of gender inequality was expressed by William Thompson, a privileged and well-educated Irishman, in “Appeal of One-Half of the Human Race, Women, Against the Pretensions of the Other Half, Men, to Retain them in Political, and Thence in Civil and Domestic Slavery.”
Thompson wrote the work in 1825, inspired by the fate of Anna Wheeler. She was married at 15 and bore six children before fleeing to France from her drunken husband.
I spoke with David Cannadine, author of “The Undivided Past: Humanity Beyond Our Differences,” on the following topics:
1. Religious Conflict
2. Class Struggle
3. Racial Division
4. War Between the Sexes
5. Shared Humanity
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