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A Married State

Publication Date: July 28, 2011

Chapter: English Literature in the Early Seventeenth Century

This strip didn't really exist until I saw this picture of Katherine Philips on Wikipedia. The comic kinda snowballed from there.

Sadly, the work in question isn't available online, as it wasn't published until the 20th century. As such, it's copyrighted by whoever the hell finally printed the stupid thing. In any event, it's your standard feminist tract, albeit with a 17th Century bent. "Marriage ties you down \ There's more to life than making babies \ Men can make their own damn pie" etc. Not that there's anything wrong with that, mind you, it's just that you've heard it all before at this point.

On the other hand, in her own time, such statements were actually rather bold. While it's true that Kat got married herself, it was out of social necessity. She didn't really love the poor dope she ended up with, preferring instead the company of her lady friends. Her relationships with these women were particularly intense, prompting many scholars to drop her neatly into that "Dude, She Was TOTALLY Gay" category alongside Emily Dickinson.

Author: Katherine Philips • Year: 1646 • Info: Wikipedia

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