We are currently undergoing maintainence, please come back soon. Please forward this error screen to host. I Sex education essays often thought of it as one of the most barbarous customs in the world, considering us as a civilized and a Christian country, that we deny the advantages of learning to women.
I am confident, had they the advantages of education equal to us, they would be guilty of less than ourselves. Their youth is spent to teach them to stitch and sew or make baubles. This is too evident to need any demonstration. But why then should women be denied the benefit of instruction? But besides this, they should be taught languages, as particularly French and Italian: and I would venture the injury of giving a woman more tongues than one.
Women, in my observation, have little or no difference in them, but as they are or are not distinguished by education. Tempers, indeed, may in some degree influence them, but the main distinguishing part is their Breeding. The whole sex are generally quick and sharp. If a woman be well bred, and taught the proper management of her natural wit, she proves generally very sensible and retentive.
Creation, the glory of Her Maker, and the great instance of His singular regard to man, His darling creature: to whom He gave the best gift either GOD could bestow or man receive. A woman well bred and well taught, furnished with the additional accomplishments of knowledge and behaviour, is a creature without comparison. Her society is the emblem of sublimer enjoyments, her person is angelic, and her conversation heavenly. She is all softness and sweetness, peace, love, wit, and delight. She is every way suitable to the sublimest wish, and the man that has such a one to his portion, has nothing to do but to rejoice in her, and be thankful. If her temper be good, want of education makes her soft and easy. Her wit, for want of teaching, makes her impertinent and talkative.
Her knowledge, for want of judgement and experience, makes her fanciful and whimsical. If she be passionate, want of manners makes her a termagant and a scold, which is much at one with Lunatic. And from these she degenerates to be turbulent, clamorous, noisy, nasty, the devil! And herein it is that I take upon me to make such a bold assertion, That all the world are mistaken in their practice about women. Stewards of our Houses, Cooks, and Slaves. Not that I am for exalting the female government in the least: but, in short, I would have men take women for companions, and educate them to be fit for it. A woman of sense and breeding will scorn as much to encroach upon the prerogative of man, as a man of sense will scorn to oppress the weakness of the woman.