WOMEN ARE TREATED AS IF THE TYPE OF THEIR
PERFECTION LAY IN PERFECT INNOCENCE. EVILS
RESULTING FROM THIS ERROR.
01.–The principle followed in the treatment of women at
present appears to be, to consider them as creatures, the type
of whose perfection lies in perfect innocence. The utmost
care is taken to make them happy, since unsullied innocence
merits that all its days should be pure and cloudless; and, be-
cause they are frail, obnoxious to falling from their type of
perfection, to place them in a position where no temptation
shall beset them; where, particularly, they shall not be incited
to yield to so boisterous a passion as personal ambition.
Were I to undertake to prove that woman is a corrupted
creature, I should only employ arguments to sustain a propo-
sition, the truth of which is not questioned by any human
being : notwithstanding that a contrary principle is, apparently,
followed in practice, there is not any one who doubts that wo-
man partakes of the sinful nature of man.