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The Ladies' Complaint

The Ladies' Complaint

(p.101) The Ladies' Complaint
Apology for the Woman Writing and Other Works
University of Chicago Press

“The Ladies' Complaint” is an essay by Marie le Jars de Gournay that talks about the grievances of women, which she argues to be the sex to which one forbids everything of value, thereby depriving it of liberty. The essay is an outburst of temper based on Gournay's own experience, and one can sense the personal bitterness behind her treatment of male misogyny. As the sex to which one also forbids almost all the virtues, Gournay claims that women are denied of public duties, responsibilities, and functions—in other words, they are cut off from power.

Keywords:   Marie Gournay, Ladies' Complaint, women, misogyny, virtues, grievances

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