serflike


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Adj.1.serflike - like someone in servitude
unfree - hampered and not free; not able to act at will
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Without naming Wollstonecraft, he protests her project of demanding equal social treatment between the sexes, which he portends will destroy femininity: "to talk men emphatically and loquaciously out of their notion that women must be maintained, taken care of, protected and indulged like a more delicate, strangely wild, and often pleasant domestic animal; the awkward and indignant search for everything slavelike and serflike that has characterized woman's position in the order of society so far and still does (as if slavery were a counterargument and not instead a condition of every higher culture, every enhancement of culture)--what is the meaning of all this if not a crumbling of feminine instincts, a defeminization?
In this they symbolized for Anglo Californians the serflike fate that awaited them too if they failed to act.