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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Women and Men, I. Introductory. (search)
vely masculine. But among them there is one great exception, one who for non-theological purposes is more readable than all the rest put together; and he it is, Clement of Alexandria by name, who introduced to the world in his discourses the phrase men and women, or women and men, for he uses both forms. The truth is that ClemClement was a very learned Greek philosopher, who had gone through a conversion. Tie dearly loved the Greek mythology, in which women take a part so conspicuous; and though he felt bound to preach against that mythology all the time, he could not help dwelling on its picturesque details. To him every woman was a sort of reformed Artend again he says in a passage often quoted, The virtue of man and woman is the same. Wilson's translation, I., 121, 318, 328. It was long after the days of Clement of Alexandria when it became a common thing to unite the two sexes for the purpose even of scolding them conjointly. Gradually the habit arose of putting these a