The proof sheets of essay on woman, an obscene parody on alexander popes essay on man, which had been written by wilkes and thomas potter years before. Wilkes had commenced, but not completed, printing 12 copies, probably for the monks.
By john wilkes and thomas potter 1763 carefully edited and proofread by this editor, martirwithacause, from the scanned original available at archive.
Her an essay on woman, in which a feminine creature, half skeleton and half flesh, represents women as a whole, is regarded as one of early examples of feminist poetry. Some critics consider it to be a response to alexander popes of the characters of women an epistle to a lady, where he described women as unserious and helpless human beings.
in this essay im going to outline a few things women can do to make themselves a better catch in the sexual marketplace. So, yes ladies, this is finally a rational male post directed at you. If you read the the six simple directives rich cooper enumerated in his tweet from the last essay youll already be ahead of the curve.
An essay on woman by thomas potter and possibly john wilkes (written about 1755) is an obscene parody on alexander popes essay on man. It is famous as it was used to expell john wilkes from parliament.
more fatefully, apart from politics, potters other hobby was the young wife of a dr william warburton, who owned the rights to alexander popes essay on man. A combination of beer and loathing inspired potter to begin an obscene parody, an essay on woman, including mock footnotes to satirise warburtons pompous annotations to the original.
See also arthur cashs an essay on woman by john wilkes and thomas potter a reconstruction of a lost book, with an historical essay on the writing, printing and suppressing (2001) and his excellent biography of wilkes, john wilkes the scandalous father of civil liberty (2007), for which he was nominated for a pulitzer prize.
In his essay the subjection of women he calls for the social and legal equality for women. He writes about women having equal rights as men and implies that if women were given the same opportunities as men then they would feel as human as the rest of mankind.