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Look Inside The Morality of Marriage

The Morality of Marriage
And Other Essays on the Status and Destiny of Woman


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - British and Irish History, 19th Century

  • Date Published: October 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108021999

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  • Mona Caird (1854–1932) was a British novelist and early radical feminist social critic who insisted on maintaining her independence after marrying. Her 1888 article 'Marriage', in which she criticised marriage for limiting and subordinating women and called for equality between partners, sparked a furious controversy, and brought her widespread recognition. This volume, first published in 1897, contains a collection of Caird's feminist essays. She analyses the indignities marriage caused for women, both historically and contemporaneously, and advocates both equality in marriage (including in domestic duties) and women's economic independence. Caird also examines and criticises contemporary ideals of motherhood, discussing legislation and changes in social attitudes which would improve the lives of mothers. This volume presents a detailed account of controversial late-Victorian radical feminist views and criticisms. For more information on this author, see

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    • Date Published: October 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108021999
    • length: 258 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.33kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Emancipation of the Family:
    1. Early history of the family
    2. The Patria Potestas
    3. The end of the patriarchal system
    Part II. Marriage:
    1. The pioneer of civilisation
    2. Marriage before and after the reformation
    3. The lot of woman under the rule of man
    4. A moral renaissance
    Part III. The Future of the Home
    Part IV. The Morality of Marriage:
    1. Motherhood under conditions of dependence
    2. Married life, present and future
    3. Children of the future
    Part V. A Defence of the 'Wild Women'
    Part VI. Phases of Human Development:
    1. Suppression of variant types
    2. Sons of bondswomen
    3. The tyranny of instinct
    4. The human element in man.

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    Mona Caird

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