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Victorian Feminists$
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Barbara Caine

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198204336

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198204336.001.0001

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Frances Power Cobbe

Frances Power Cobbe

(p.103) 4 Frances Power Cobbe
Victorian Feminists

Barbara Caine

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the contribution of Frances Power Cobbe to the feminist movement in Victorian England. Cobbe's feminist ideas have been widely received in comparison to those of Emily Davies. This is because while Davies' feminism stressed equality Cobbe's centres on sexual difference. Her activities that gained the most attention were her discussions of marital violence and of women's domestic subordination on the one hand, and her defence of celibacy and of female domestic companionship on the other.

Keywords:   Frances Power Cobbe, feminist movement, Victorian England, sexual difference, marital violence, domestic subordination, celibacy, domestic companionship

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