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Paris, Capital of Modernity by David Harvey

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CHAPTER TEN

THE CONDITION OF WOMEN

The change in an historical epoch can always be determined by women’s progress towards freedom.

—MARX

“The worst destiny for a woman,” wrote Michelet in La Femme (published in 1859), “is to live alone.” He cites the disproportionate number of young women whose bodies were never reclaimed from the public hospitals as grisly support for his thesis on the inevitable fate of a woman who lived outside the protection of the family.1 He used this distressing fact of life in Second Empire Paris as a basis for moral judgment. But he also thereby gave expression to a pervasive fear in bourgeois circles; that of the unsubmissive, independent woman. For the bourgeois, the term femmes isolées signaled “the domain of poverty, ...

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