Thursday, 6 April 2017

1789 Rights of "Man"

Bonjour mes belles,

I purchased this affiche on Sunday and I had a lot of fun during the negotiation process.

As a firm believer in woman's rights,after all  I was born in New Zealand which was the first country to give women the right to vote, I started up an interesting conversation with a couple of male dealers who could not believe that I thought that this was sexist as it is called "the Declaration of the rights of the man and the citizen".

Fortunately French Boyfriend was out of earshot as I am not sure that he would have agreed and no doubt put me in my place.
  
Thanks to wikipedia, you can read all about it here.
 
The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen (French: Déclaration des droits de l'homme et du citoyen), passed by France's National Constituent Assembly in August 1789, is a fundamental document of the French Revolution and in the history of human and civil rights.

The Declaration was directly influenced by Thomas Jefferson, working with General Lafayette, who introduced it.Influenced also by the doctrine of "natural right", the rights of man are held to be universal: valid at all times and in every place, pertaining to human nature itself. 

It became the basis for a nation of free individuals protected equally by law. It is included in the preamble of the constitutions of both the Fourth French Republic (1946) and Fifth Republic (1958) and is still current. Inspired in part by the American Revolution, and also by the Enlightenment philosophers, the Declaration was a core statement of the values of the French Revolution and had a major impact on the development of freedom and democracy in Europe and worldwide.
The Declaration, together with Magna Carta, the American Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights, inspired in large part the 1948 United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


It is available to purchase, you will find it here.


à demain, Leeann x

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