The Spell of Sensibility

654 Words Feb 19th, 2018 3 Pages
To be clear, this was mainly the assumption that women were dominated by their ‘specially configured’ and ‘delicate’ senses, rather than reason and intellect. Authors like Edmund Burke passively promoted these fragilities in his verbosely titled piece A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful. While this point of view retained popularity, there were thankfully those who sought to tear it to shreds. The author Mary Wollstonecraft, widely lauded as "the first Feminist", actively addressed sensibility and more in her political and polemic treatise “Vindication of the Rights of Woman”. She cites deprivation of quality education for women, as well as their condescending treatment in society as reasons for this sort of behavior. But to better understand why women were seen this way in the first place, it will help to briefly to define what "Romanticism" really is, in a cultural and literary context. And while it is no longer as potent as it once was, the spell which tricks society into believing women are a secondary and frail sex, is one that still has power today, and it is a spell which should be permanently broken.

Regarding women and their so-called sensibility, Edmund Burke writes:
Among animals, the greyhound [dog] is more…