The Subjection of Women

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: John Stuart Mill

Narrated By: Robert Bethune

Publisher: Freshwater Seas

Date: November 2015

Duration: 4 hours 46 minutes


English society in the 1860's was on the brink of enormous change, and some of the biggest

changes coming to birth in that time were tremendous changes in the status of women--

changes affecting politics, economics, law, government, business, education, psychology,

religion and sexuality, and the list goes on. The changes John Stuart Mill foresaw in 1861

as he wrote The Subjection of Women were just beginning to surface in his own time and yet

have not yet run their full course in ours. Indeed, changes happening today and yet to come

in the relationship between women and men remain some of the most important developments of

our own time.

Mill was a militant visionary, far in advance of the thinking of most people of his time,

both men and women. Yet, as we listen to his words, one cannot help noticing that in many,

many ways, he remains a quintessential Victorian gentleman with many of the habits of

thought characteristic of such men remaining in full flower. We may well smile at his

unconsciously patronizing attitudes towards women's cultural achievements. His concepts of

the lives of women not of his own high social class seem drawn more from Victorian

melodrama than Victorian reality. His blind spots are strikingly obvious. For example, when

defending women's abilities to carry out long-term projects, it never occurred to him to

point out that raising a child is a twenty-year endeavor.

In other words, Mill was a human being, and even the extraordinary vision articulated in

this book was that of a fallible man. That being said, his book remains strikingly relevant

to our own times. Anyone with any sensitivity to social justice cannot help but be struck

by the fact that were Mill to come to life today, he would see that many of his most

trenchant criticisms still apply, and that many of his best visions remain to be realized.



Subjection of Women

by John Stuart Mill

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