My position on date rape is partly based on my study of The Faerie Queen, as detailed in a full chapter in Sexual Personae: in 1590, the poet Edmund Spencer already sees that passive, drippy, naive women constantly get themselves into rape scenarios, while talented, intelligent, alert women, his warrior heroines, spot trouble coming and boldly trounce their male assailants. My feminism stresses courage, independence, self-reliance, and pride.
Let us then enunciate the functions of a state and we shall easily elicit what we want: First there must be food ; secondly, arts , for life requires many instruments; thirdly, there must be arms, for the members of a community have need of them, and in their own hands , too, in order to maintain authority both against disobedient subjects and against external assailants....Book VII, 1328.b4
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