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    Cool The Great Arthur Schopenauer, on Women

    „In the West, the woman finds herself in a fausse position; for woman is by no means fit to be the object of our honour and veneration, or to hold her head higher than man and to have the same rights as he. The consequences of this fausse position are sufficiently clear. Accordingly, it would be a very desirable thing if this Number Two of the human species in Europe were assigned her natural position, and the lady-grievance got rid of, which is not only ridiculed by the whole of Asia, but would have been equally ridiculed by Greece and Rome.“ — Arthur Schopenhauer, On women (1851)


    "The European lady, strictly speaking, is a creature who should not exist at all; but there ought to be housekeepers, and young girls who hope to become such; and they should be brought up not to be arrogant, but to be domesticated and submissive. It is exactly because there are ladies in Europe that women of a lower standing, that is to say, the greater majority of the sex, are much more unhappy than they are in the East." — Arthur Schopenhauer, On women (1851)


    “In our part of the world, where monogamy is in force, to marry means to halve one’s rights and to double one’s duties. When the laws granted woman the same rights as man, they should also have given her a masculine power of reason.” — Arthur Schopenhauer, On women (1851)


    “When nature divided the human race into two parts, she did not cut it exactly through the middle! The difference between the positive and negative poles, according to polarity, is not merely qualitative but also quantitative. And it was in this light that the ancients and people of the East regarded woman; they recognised her true position better than we, with our old French ideas of gallantry and absurd veneration, that highest product of Christian–Teutonic stupidity. These ideas have only served to make them arrogant and imperious.” — Arthur Schopenhauer, On women (1851)


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    I think a lot of schopenhauers negative attitudes towards were formed by his interaction with women of his own time and class. That is to say the wealthy leisured class. Working class women were never so idle or arrogant.


    I suppose the rich, arrogant, self-entitled ladies of Schopenhauers day find their corollary in today's university gender studies students and lecturers.
    Close observation may result in feelings of horror, wonder and awe at world you find yourself inhabiting.

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