Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Mary & Bea

Today is Monday, 27 April 2009.

Remember the ‘70s bumpersticker: “Womyn are people too”?

Though, given the likes of Richard Nixon, Curtis LeMay, W., and Prick Cheney, I always thought it should read, “Might males be people too?”

Today is the 250th anniversary of the birth of Mary Wollstonecraft, author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792). To compress: Wollstonecraft asserted that females and males are equal and equally human, therefore all are obligated to pursue lives of virtue, and therefore society should be organized so that all might equally pursue same.

A fitting day on which to mourn the passing of Bea Arthur, thespian extraordinary. All honour.

I’m proud to have been, as was Ms. Arthur, a student of drama at The New School for Social Research, though, alas, in different decades.


Anonymous rtr said...

Mary Wollstonecraft (later Godwin), not to be confused with Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley (daughter of Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin) for whom an aspiration to a life of virtue may be considered somewhat ironically idealized in the Romantic sense.

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