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Alexis de Tocqueville: “by thus attempting to make one sex equal to the other, both are degraded”

10 December 2015

Alexis de Tocqueville

“There are people in Europe who, confounding together the different characteristics of the sexes, would make man and woman into 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.”

– Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

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