MRA’s never read up on the things they post on their site. This week I got to read the writings of Vernon Lee aka Violet Paget, a staunch feminist, on A Voice for Men.
Even the most cursory search of her brings up her wikipedia page stating quite clearly that she’s a lesbian feminist. Peter Wright Tawil, an MRA, reprinted some her work on A Voice for Men under ‘Gynocentrism’, which is a popular MRA conspiracy theory that the government is really run by women trying to enslave men.
Indeed, the clip he copy/pasted was from Paget’s ‘Euphorion Being Studies of the Antique and the Mediaeval in the Renaissance – Vol. II.’ It’s a book about aesthetics and in particular, the passage pasted, was about how love was viewed by certain poets. It has absolutely nothing to do with ‘worshipping women’ as the paranoid MRA’s cackle about over and over on AVFM. It was an aesthetic critique of poets.
Paget mocked men who thought women were lesser beings and knew clearly that women were culturally raised to perform ‘femininity.’ In other words, she knew that gender roles were socially constructed and faulty. Some of her critics do refuse to call her a feminist but recognize that her ideas and the way she lived her life as a feminist represents today’s liberal feminist thinking.
Thanks MRA’s for that wonderful introduction to a Victorian feminist!