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Prufrock: Southern Names, Sexist Wollstonecraft, and a History of Ireland

You remember Edmund Burke’s condescending and sexist response to poor Mary Wollstonecraft’s measured and rational defense of the French Revolution, right? Well, of course not, because it was other way around—Wollstonecraft responding to Burke (of course), and Wollstonecraft presenting the establishment argument (most British initially supported the Revolution) in sexist language—as Katherine O’Donnell reminds us: “Presenting herself as the rationalist answer to Burke’s emotionalism, Wollstonecraft played on masculine, British sentiment to impugn the Catholic, Irish – and therefore suspect – character of her opponent. Burke had also famously argued against criminalising sodomy, ‘an argument he hadn’t won’, O’Donnell recalls. Whether or not Wollstonecraft was trying to remind her readers of this ‘effeminate’ or ‘sodomitical’ stance by the Irishman, O’Donnell says: ‘Wollstonecraft uses a sexist and nationalistic rhetoric to announce her vo…
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