In Chapter 5 of Virginia Woolf’s “A Room of One’s Own”, Woolf mentions how women writers should be just that. She highlights the “creative powers” that women posses and men don’t. She is telling women to be women, write like women, and live like women.
“But this creative power differs greatly from the creative power of men. And one must conclude that it would be a thousand pities if it were hindered or wasted,for it was won by centuries of the most drastic disipline, and there is nothing to take it’s place. It would be a thousand pities if women wrote like men, or lived like men, or looked like men. (59)”
Although she highlights the positive outcomes that come from being a women writer, she also warns women writers not to consider sex and gender while writing.
“It is fatal for anyone who writes to think of their sex (67)”
I think when she says this, what she means is that women can’t think inside the box that they have been placed into. In the first and second chapters, Woolf talks so much about gender roles and how women were not allowed to do certain things like go into the library, be on the grass, eat the good food, and even eat off of the good dishes. Women were look on as inferior and as a whole, they were seen to be beneath men. When she says not to think of gender I think she is saying not to write weak and timid and not to fall in line like they were expected to do back then. I also think she meant not to be so closed minded. On page 72 she mentions how diverse reality is. That means that even though people wanted to believe that women fall in love with men, had kids, and lived happily ever after, that is not how things really were. There were women who loved other women but it wasn’t as public as it is today because people could have gone to jail or even been killed for things like that.
Yes. Woolf did believe that everyone should be equal and she was not affraid to point out how men were looked on as superior to women. Some have argued that Woolf is a feminist. And I would have to agree with that, She put her own freedom and life in danger to make others aware of how women were treated and looked down upon. In a book entitled “Virgina Wool as a Feminist” By Naomi Black, Woolf’s feminist ways are studied. Black reviews Woolf’s life, books (including A room of One’s own) and letters that she had written to show the inequalities between men and women. In the following video, Virgina Woolf’s feminist theory is highlighted.
Another thing that is highlighted by Woolf is how men and women should work together to create the best outcome.
“And I went on amatueurishly to sketch a plan of the soul so that each of us two powers preside, one male, one female; and in the man’s brain, the man predominates over the women, and in the women’s brain, the women predominates over the man (64)”
In this passage Woolf is explaining how the best way to write in a well rounded fashion is to equally think like a male and a female but not to let one dominate the other. When a man writes he will naturally appeal to people who thinks like him and the same thing with a female. Woolf is saying act like a women and think like a man http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3eS4FYJBAxg I also think she finds it wery important to hold true to the essense of what makes a women writer because they hold a power that men don’t. (59)
To conclude, I think Woolf wants women writers to be as sensitive and creative as they are known to be, but demand the respect as a writer from men and women alike.