Ways of seeing

“A woman is always accompanied; except when quite alone, perhaps even then, by her own image of herself. While she walking across a room, or weeping at the death of her father, she cannot avoid envisaging herself walking or weeping. From earliest childhood she is taught and persuaded to survey herself continually; she has to survey everything she is and everything she does, because how she appears to others and how she appears to men, is of crucial importance, for it is normally thought of as the success of her life.”

 

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