From Feminism

Abuse of Power/ Pluto & Mars/ Virginia Woolf

Further, if as I suspect, because of social constraints against power being actively used by women during Woolf’s lifetime (i.e. her ability to set boundaries and protect herself against predators was thwarted), we might expect her writing to contain hints of abuse of power, especially power used by men against women.

Original Thinking

it’s 22 March 1921,
final day of the Cairo Conference,
last chance to determine the postwar future of the Middle East,
members of the British delegation have stopped for a photo-shoot,
to the amusement of all, Colonial Secretary Winston Churchill has just fallen off his camel…

Feminism and Jane Austen

However if we look to the basic premise underlying Enlightenment feminism – that women, not having been denied powers of reason, must have the moral status appropriate to ‘rational beings’, formed in the image of a rational God – we must reach a different conclusion. At least two of the three of Austen’s heroines examined were apparently presumed by the men in their lives as capable not of forging their own moral code, but only of regurgitating that of their lovers.

if you were a literary agent …how would you respond?

Dear Ms Agent, In the aftermath of The Great War when Europe is cloaked in social disillusionment, twenty-four year old, newly widowed, Sophie de Belcoupe returns home to Paris. With conventional ideals of the feminine thwarted, she determines it’s through art that she will forge her future. Complications arise when, by accepting a job on a design project directed by her beloved, Uncle Maurice, she reencounters Andrew John Hancock, the young American artist with whom she’d once been in love. As the project prospers so does Sophie and Andrew’s relationship. But both crash to a halt when, to cover his…