Quotation by Sarah M. Grimke

Fashionable women regard themselves, and are regarded by men, as pretty toys or as mere instruments of pleasure; and the vacuity of mind, the heartlessness, the frivolity which is the necessary result of this false and debasing estimate of women, can only be fully understood by those who have mingled in the folly and wickedness of fashionable life ...
Sarah M. Grimke (1792–1873), U.S. abolitionist and feminist. Letters on the Equality of the Sexes and the Condition of Woman, letter #8: dated 1837 (1838).

Grimke, born into a wealthy Southern family, wrote: "During the early part of my life, my lot was cast among the butterflies of the fashionable world." She moved north and, with her sister Angelina, became active on behalf of African Americans and women.
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