What is now called the nature of women is an eminently artificial thing—the result of forced repression in some directions, unnatural stimulation in others.

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Original Citation

Mill, John Stuart. The Subjection of Women. London: Longmans, Green, Reader, and Dyer, 1869, ch. 1.

Current Citation

Mill, John Stuart. "The Subjection of Women." On Liberty, Utilitarianism and Other Essays, edited by Mark Philp and Frederick Rosen. Oxford University Press, 2015, ch. 1.