Sunday, March 4, 2007

Pedestal Puzzler

Guess: (a) which government elite expressed each of the following keep-her-on-a-pedestal sentiments, and (b) in what century:
(1) "The claim ... is based upon the supposed right of every person, man or woman, to engage in any lawful employment for a livelihood. ... The natural and proper timidity and delicacy which belongs to the female sex evidently unfits it for many of the occupations of civil life. ... The paramount destiny and mission of woman are to fulfil the noble and benign offices of wife and mother."
(2) "If you say they are equal in rights and responsibilities, that's unfair for both. ... Why do we let women have jobs that turn them into men? A pregnant woman or a breast-feeding woman, how can she drive the train or work in a factory? Unless we want to change them into men they have different biological composition that doesn't allow them to take responsibilities of men."
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