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January 15, 2014

"Weak men and disorderly women."

There are people in Europe who, confounding together the different characteristics of the sexes, would make of man and woman beings not only equal but alike.
They would give to both the same functions, impose on both the same duties, and grant to both the same rights; they would mix them in all things – their occupations, their pleasures, their business. It may readily be conceived, that by thus attempting to make one sex equal to the other, both are degraded; and from so preposterous a medley of the works of nature nothing could ever result but weak men and disorderly women. Democracy In America Alexis De Tocqueville

Posted by gerardvanderleun at January 15, 2014 9:21 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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That French guy had us all figured out. Maybe we should go back and reread what he said so we can go back to what we were meant to be.

Posted by: Don Rodrigo at January 16, 2014 8:26 AM

De Tocqueville and the other French guy, Bastiat, they knew. They tried to tell us.

Posted by: mushroom at January 16, 2014 9:58 AM

He wrote in great detail of the reasons why democracy was not a horror in America, and of the seeds present that would cause it to be lost. Democracy In America is the bible of understanding human nature as it is.

Posted by: james wilson at January 16, 2014 11:22 AM

The Toquester. He was always out there on the edge.

Posted by: Ralph Kinney Bennett at January 16, 2014 12:18 PM

The Toquester. He was always out there on the edge.

Posted by: Ralph Kinney Bennett at January 16, 2014 12:18 PM

"disorderly women"

I'm better that De Tocqueville was using "disorderly" in the sense of "prostitute" as in "Mrs XYZ was charged with operating a disorderly house."

Posted by: pst314 at January 16, 2014 1:43 PM

Posted by: Fat Man at January 16, 2014 2:52 PM

So that explains all the beta men and chix with dix. We're all becoming the same, even though we ain't. So we pretend. Just like children. Lovely.

Posted by: ghostsniper at January 16, 2014 7:09 PM

So, women wish to be exactly equal to the men they accuse of being clueless moronic brutes? I'm still confused a bit about how this is all going to work out.

Posted by: Denny at January 18, 2014 7:47 AM

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