La roulotte de Montfée

Woodturning Bowl Gouges

At 17 she was married to Louis-Yves Aubry, a much older business associate of her father. She gave birth to a son, Pierre Aubry,the same year that Louis-Yves died in a flood. It has been suggested, however, that de may have fled the marriage and invented this story as a cover.


Men’s tyranny over women, for, is clearly contrary to nature, not in sync with it. Her use of “social contract” in the postscript to the Declaration is a direct appropriation of Rousseau. Her social contract proclaims that the right in marriage to equal property and parental and inheritance rights is the only way to build a society of “perfect harmony.” As with Beauvoir a century and a half later, Gouges calls women to take responsibility for their condition, and demand equality.

Wood Finishes

But he did not question the right of the sovereign over the governed and, despite her monarchism, does at times do so with vigor. Earlier, in 1789, the pamphlet Le Bonheur primitif de l’homme also gives hints of a political philosophy. Gouges imagines a society where women were granted an education and encouraged in the development of their agency. Individual happiness depends on collective happiness, but collective happiness comes from the natural qualities found within families (Beckstrand’s “theme of the global family”). While agreeing with Rousseau that civilization corrupts, she parts ways with him on the education of females.

  • Browse through and learn what happened during different wine vintages.
  • The English usage of the word gouge for damage does not translate easily into other languages.
  • The Pompignan family had longstanding close ties to the Mouisset family of Marie Gouze’s mother, Anne.

Like men who could not pay the poll tax, children, domestic servants, rural day-laborers and slaves, Jews, actors and hangmen, women had no political rights. In transferring sovereignty to the nation the constitution dismantled the old regime, but argued that it did not go far enough. In November 1788 she published her first political brochure, a manifesto entitled Letter to the people, or project for a patriotic fund. In early 1789 she published Patriotic remarks setting out her proposals for social security, care for the elderly, institutions for homeless children, hostels for unemployed, and the introduction of a jury system.

Olympe De Gouges, The Declaration Of The Rights Of Woman September

The difference between the Carter and Son gouge and my previous version of the same tool was immediately apparent. Using the gouge is a pleasure, easily taking on everything I’ve thrown at it. It’s truly a fine instrument that’s been created by people who care about turning tools. Having re-invented herself, de became a fixture of the fashionable, libertine circles of pre-revolutionary Paris society of the 1770s. She held salons and began composing poetry, novellas, pamphlets and plays.