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Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own, 1929

By thinking that other people are inferior to one self. By feeling that one has some innate superiority... it may be wealth, or rank, a straight nose, or the portrait of a grandfather by Romney... for there is no end to the pathetic devices of the human imagination... over other people. Hence the enormous importance to a patriarch who has to conquer, who has to rule, of feeling that great numbers of people, half the human race indeed, are by nature inferior to himself. It must indeed be one of the chief sources of his power.

Woolf, Virginia. A Room of One's Own. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Co., 1929. WorldCat [OCLC]. Web. 1 Apr. 2016.

This excerpt BEST reflects the principles of which 19th and 20th-century social movement?




Social Darwinism





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