Errors from the Past

“Thus women’s entire education should be planned in relation to men.” Errors from the Past, by Rousseau

“Men and women are made for each other, but their mutual dependence is not equal. … We could survive without them better than they could without us. In order for them to have what they need … we must give it to them, we must want to give it to them, we must consider them deserving of it. They are dependent on our feelings, on the price we put on their merits, on the value we set on their attractions and on their virtues…  Thus women’s entire education should be planned in relation to men. To please men, to be useful to them, to wins their love and respect, to raise them as children, care for them; as adults, counsel and console them, make their lives sweet and pleasant: these are women’s duties in all ages and these are what they should be taught from childhood on.”

Jean- I Jacques Rousseau, Emile. I. By F. and P. Richard (Paris, 1939) p. 455

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