By Arcangela Tarabotti

Sharp-witted and sharp-tongued, Arcangela Tarabotti (1604-52) yearned to be officially proficient and revel in an self sustaining lifestyles in Venetian literary circles. yet as a substitute, at 16, her father compelled her right into a Benedictine convent. To protest her confinement, Tarabotti composed polemical works exposing the numerous injustices perpetrated opposed to girls of her day.

Paternal Tyranny, the 1st of those works, is a fiery yet rigorously argued manifesto opposed to the oppression of ladies via the Venetian patriarchy. Denouncing key misogynist texts of the period, Tarabotti indicates how despicable it was once for Venice, a republic that prided itself on its political liberties, to deprive its girls of rights accorded even to foreigners. She accuses mom and dad of treating convents as dumping grounds for disabled, illegitimate, or differently undesirable daughters. eventually, via compelling feminist readings of the Bible and different spiritual works, Tarabotti demonstrates that girls are in actual fact men's equals in God's eyes.

An avenging angel who dared to talk out for the rights of girls approximately 4 centuries in the past, Arcangela Tarabotti can now ultimately be heard.

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