The rights of women…(and men)

Many have attacked these imaginary rights of women; many more have defended them. But amidst all the eloquent verbiage that has aroused so many good souls and weak heads, no one has ever cited those principles of moral responsibility and world-wide truth upon which the concept of rights might depend, and about which a sensible controversy might at least have been carried on. … The real subject of the controversy…was not the rights of men and women, but their mutual responsibilities that determine their mutual rights, those responsibilities of women and men that are obvious to every sensible creature. But it is quite natural that they did not realize this, because of their habit of considering rights as something independent and because of their blind faith in the science of the immaterial.
Alexey Khomiakov

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