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On "A Woman without Talent Is Virtuous"
Source:Chinese Women's Research Network | Release Date:2010-8-19
Keyword: "A Woman without Talent Is Virtuous", reject talents, erect morals
Author: LIU Li-juan

A true meaning of the saying that "A Woman without Talent is Virtuous" was not to "reject talents", but to "erect morals". If there could be intent to "reject talents" indicated by the saying, it could have been resulted from a Confucian tradition of "despising talents" exhibited by women, contrary to the Confucius teaching. The reason that it had been disseminated and had drawn attention as a widely-known saying was not because of its relative relationship with the Confucian tradition, but out of the conflict between a growing recognition of "women's talents" and its challenge to the Confucian gendered cultural tradition.


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