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Thoughts on Merchandise and Mary Wollstonecraft

If I go to a new theatre, and they have shirts, I buy one.  If I go to a new city or university, mary_wollstonecraft_by_john_opie_c-_1797I’m buying a shirt.  Whenever I go somewhere new, I like to buy a shirt.  I have shirts from a variety of adventures, but I have very few that actually help to document a mental transformation.

I recently read A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft, which pretty much threw open the doors of my mind and did some premature spring cleaning.  As soon as I finished, I went to Etsy to see if there were any Mary Wollstonecraft shirts to document the event.  There were a few (and a leather purse with a passage burned into it)   the rest of the slim selection was actually dedicated to her daughter, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, the author of Frankenstein.  So I moved on to the broader Internet and found a few really neat ones on RedBubble.

On one hand, it was wonderful to know that I’m not alone   that, somewhere in the world, there are others who have read Wollstonecraft and love her   but it’s a little disheartening that there’s so little merchandise.  This means   that out of an entire world of people who call themselves “feminists,” and who are talented when it comes to design   they either haven’t seen the need for more Mary Wollstonecraft merchandise or they haven’t read her.

But there are those who have, and OH WHAT IT WOULD BE TO BE THE AUTHOR OF A BOOK READ FOR CENTURIES AFTER PUBLICATION.

I just feel that more of those who call themselves feminists should read A Vindication, if only to see how far we’ve come, and how far we have left to go, to recognize the struggle of the women who came before us and how much we take our basic freedoms for granted.

Bless the women who had to fight.

We must never forget.  But make more shirts.

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