London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1911. First UK edition. First published by Charlton Co. in New York earlier the same year. Binding is attractive despite some minor edgewear. Ink signature dated 1911 to front flyleaf. Bookplate of the Co-Operative College J.J. Worley Memorial Library, dated 1946, to front pastedown. Light occasional foxing. A very good, tight copy. Publisher’s green cloth stamped in gilt. Octavo. 269, [2, publisher’s ads] pp. Item #17117
In Gilman’s words, the Androcentric Theory supposes that men are the true form of humanity and women developed from men (e.g., Eve from Adam’s rib). In contrast, Gilman proposes the “Gynæcocentric Theory,” which supposes that “the female is the race type, and the male, originally but a sex type, reached a later equality with the female, and, in the human race, became her master for a considerable historic period,” (pp. 7-8). Gilman writes, “When we learn to differentiate between humanity and masculinity, we shall give honor where honor is due,” (p. 8).
Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860 - 1935) was one of the most important feminist voices and one of the most widely read woman authors of her day. Gilman’s best-known literary work is a short story entitled The Yellow Wallpaper, which portrays a woman’s psychological breakdown after she is unwillingly confined to her home (supposedly for her own wellbeing) after a difficult pregnancy. Her non-literary works are characterized by a wit and clarity that is more frequently associated with poets and fiction writers. (Lester F. Ward said she had a “cosmological perspective on society”). Her other works include Women and Economics (1898), Human Work (1904), and Concerning Children (1910). ANB. Blain, Feminist Companion, 427. Dictionary of American Biography. Flexner, Eleanor. Century of Struggle: The Woman’s Rights Movement in the United States (Harvard University Press, 1968).