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Taught from infancy that beauty is woman's scepter, the mind shapes itself to the body, and roaming round its gilt cage, only seeks to adorn its prison.

Mary Shelley (1797-1851)
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Yeah. Mind with focus, what can be more beautiful, capable and lethal...
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Elegance is inferior to virtue.

- Mary Shelley
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Almost two hundred years have gone by and the those words still hold true for many woman today. An object of looks and nothing more. Beauty that fades over time. Desperately trying to hold on to what once was. Brick wall Ask any Plastic Surgeon!
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Pray the mind is shaped to the body is a fateful assumption!
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Pray the mind is shaped to the body is a fateful assumption!
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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
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Context from:A Vindication of the Rights of Woman. 1792.

Chap. III. The Same Subject Continued.


Such a woman is not a more irrational monster than some of the Roman emperors, who were depraved by lawless power. Yet, since kings have been more under the restraint of law, and the curb, however weak, of honour, the records of history are not filled with such unnatural instances of folly and cruelty, nor does the despotism that kills virtue and genius in the bud, hover over Europe with that destructive blast which desolates Turky, and renders the men, as well as the soil, unfruitful. 19
Women are every where in this deplorable state; for, in order to preserve their innocence, as ignorance is courteously termed, truth is hidden from them, and they are made to assume an artificial character before their faculties have acquired any strength. Taught from their infancy that beauty is woman's sceptre, the mind shapes itself to the body, and, roaming round its gilt cage, only seeks to adore its prison. Men have various employments and pursuits which engage their attention, and give a character to the opening mind; but women, confined to one, and having their thoughts constantly directed to the most insignificant part of themselves, seldom extend their views beyond the triumph of the hour. But was their understanding once emancipated from the slavery to which the pride and sensuality of man and their short-sighted desire, like that of dominion in tyrants, of present sway, has subjected them, we should probably read of their weaknesses with surprise. I must be allowed to pursue the argument a little farther. 20
Perhaps, if the existence of an evil being was allowed, who, in the allegorical language of scripture, went about seeking whom he should devour, he could not more effect

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Daemon wrote:
Taught from infancy that beauty is woman's scepter, the mind shapes itself to the body, and roaming round its gilt cage, only seeks to adorn its prison.

Mary Shelley (1797-1851)


Mary Shelley had not reached infancy, had no body yet for a mind that shapes itself to it, for the simple reason that the quotation preceded her existence by about five years.
Her mother on the other hand...could serve Daemon his just deserts, if she were to pitch in.
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Not so sure all minds are shaped to the body.
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