Our Androcentric Culture, Chapter One, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Woman decorated with peacock feathers
“she blooms forth as the peacock and bird of paradise, in poignant reversal of nature’s laws, even wearing masculine feathers to further her feminine ends.”

The author introduced the idea of anthrocentrism in 1911 with this book. I found this chapter to be amusing as the author explored the ideas of masculine and feminine practices and characteristics being inborn, natural, and unique to each sex. She emphasizes that we are all more human than we are either masculine or feminine.

Our Androcentric Culture, Chapter One, read by Grace Buchanan for LibriVox.

Read the entire book “Our Androcentric Culture; Or, The Man-Made World” at Project Gutenberg.

This chapter is Track 12 in the LibriVox First Chapter Collection 7.

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Image credit:
Beautiful Peacock Woman, illustration by T V Kelly, 1914, Public domain, via PublicDomainPictures.net

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