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Christine de Pizan and the Nature of Men


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By Lloyd Hawes

Christine de Pizanís 1405 work, The Book of the City of Ladies, is frequently lauded by modern authors as a manifesto against the misogynist writings of medieval times. Some modern authors call de Pizan the first feminist and claim she changed the perception of women in her time. Others assert de Pizan was no feminist. The debate about de Pizanís significance on womenís rights during the Middle Ages remains unsettled. However, Christine de Pizan did condemn male authors for what she perceived as the debasing of and dehumanization of women. Yet, in modern analysis over de Pizanís works, her position on the nature of men is often overlooked. Did she consider men by their very nature as evil? Or, was it that men were just more susceptible to evil influences, making many to act against their nature?

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