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Refashioning the Mind: The Revolutionary Rhetoric of Voltairine de Cleyre

Refashioning the Mind: The Revolutionary Rhetoric of Voltairine de Cleyre Eugenia DeLamotte Arizona State University A revolution means some great and subversive change in the social institutions of a people, whether sexual, religious, political, or economic. The movement of the Reformation was a great religious revolution; a profound alteration in human thought,--a refashioning of the human mind. Voltairine de Cleyre, "The Mexican Revolution" (302) It has often been said to me, by women with decent masters, who had no idea of the outrages practiced on their less fortunate sisters, "Why don't the wives leave?" Why don't you run, when your feet are chained together? Why don't you cry out when a gag is on your lips? Why don't you raise your hands above your head when they are pinned fast to your sides? Why don't you spend thousands of dollars when you haven't a cent in your pocket? Why don't you go to the seashore or the mountains, you fools scorching with city heat? . . . "Why don't the women leave!" Will you tell me where they will go and what they shall do? . . . [T]here is no refuge upon earth for the enslaved sex. Right where we are, there we must dig our trenches, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Legacy University of Nebraska Press

Refashioning the Mind: The Revolutionary Rhetoric of Voltairine de Cleyre

Legacy , Volume 20 (1) – Nov 18, 2003

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Eugenia DeLamotte Arizona State University A revolution means some great and subversive change in the social institutions of a people, whether sexual, religious, political, or economic. The movement of the Reformation was a great religious revolution; a profound alteration in human thought,--a refashioning of the human mind. Voltairine de Cleyre, "The Mexican Revolution" (302) It has often been said to me, by women with decent masters, who had no idea of the outrages practiced on their less fortunate sisters, "Why don't the wives leave?" Why don't you run, when your feet are chained together? Why don't you cry out when a gag is on your lips? Why don't you raise your hands above your head when they are pinned fast to your sides? Why don't you spend thousands of dollars when you haven't a cent in your pocket? Why don't you go to the seashore or the mountains, you fools scorching with city heat? . . . "Why don't the women leave!" Will you tell me where they will go and what they shall do? . . . [T]here is no refuge upon earth for the enslaved sex. Right where we are, there we must dig our trenches,

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Published: Nov 18, 2003

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