The Merits of Women

The Merits of Women You Would As Well Look For Blood In A Corpse As For The Least Shred Of Decency In A Man Without Help From Their Wives, Men Are Just Like Unlit Lamps Just Think Of Them As An Unreliable Clock That Tells You It S Ten O Clock When It S In Fact Barely Two A Man Without A Woman Is Like A Fly Without A Head These Are But A Small Selection Of The Quips Bandied About At This Lively Gathering Of Women The Broad Topic At Hand Is The Relative Pros And Cons Of Men, And The Cases In Point Range From Pick Up Artists To Locker Room Talk, And From Double Standards To Fragile Masculinity Yet This Dialogue Unfolds Not Among Ironically Misandrist Millenials Venting At Their Local Dive Bar, But Rather Among Sixteenth Century Women Variously Married, Widowed, Single, And Betrothed Attending A Respectable Venice Garden Party Written In The Early 1590s By Moderata Fonte, Pseudonym Of The Renaissance Poet And Writer Modesta Pozzo, This Literary Dialogue Interrogates Men And Men S Treatment Of Women, And Explores By Contrast The Virtues Of Singledom And Female Friendship As The Women Diverge From Their Theme Discussing Everything From Astrology To The Curative Powers Of Plants And Minerals A Remarkable Group Portrait Of Wisdom, Wit, And Erudition Emerges A New Introduction By Translator Virginia Cox And Foreword By Dacia Maraini Situate The Merits Of Women In Its Historical Context, Written As It Was On The Cusp Of Shakespeare S Heyday, And Straddling The Centuries Between The Feminist Works Of Christine De Pizan And Mary Wollstonecraft Elegantly Presented For A General Audience, This Is A Must Read For Baby Feminists And Nasty Women Alike, Not To Mention The Perfect Subtle Gift For Any Mansplaining Friend Who Needs A Refresher On The Merits Of Women And Their Superiority To Men. Without help from their wives, men are just like unlit lamps Exceptionally witty dialogues in the manner of Boccaccio with a splendid introduction and short bio of Fonte, who deserves to be better known University of Chicago Press
If the stars adorn the heavens,So too women adorn the world,With all that is lovely and pleasant in it.And just as no mortal can liveWithout a soul and a heart,So men cannot get by without women,For woman is man s heart, soul, and life. p 96 A note from the translator This was entertaining insofar as it shows how the things change the they stay the same Written in the style of a dialogue, Fonte s main purpose to warn women of the dangers men pose while attempting to persuade those men who fail to behave as they should toward women to mend their ways and become better Her characters spend an extended period bemoaning the various ways fathers, brothers, husbands and lovers deceive and abuse the women in their lives to the point of being a literary encapsulation of the Crazy ex girlfriend song, Lets Generalize About Men There are several tangents on unrelated subjects in the second half, but these served to prove that women were capable and interested in talking about things that most men of the time would not have guessed Although there is also an attempt to prove women s superiority, much of the logic is based on outdated ideas about astrology and the male vs female body On the whole, it s an
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  • 99 pages
  • The Merits of Women
  • Moderata Fonte
  • English
  • 26 May 2019
  • 9780226550633