CEDAW would flip the architecture of international women's human rights to focus on gender, with women included under that rights umbrella.
Similarly, Wollstonecra ft's vindication of masculine women is connected to her unsexing
of the mind and reclaims the concept of the masculine woman for feminist purposes.
This short Article urges that, instead of unsexing
CEDAW, it should be super-sexed by expanding the convention to include sexuality, gender, and gender identity.
While it seemed permissible for male surgeons to use the scalpel heroically on women's pelvic organs, undeterred by the prospect of "unsexing
" their patients, few performed castration unless they confirmed symptoms of life-threatening disease.
The malignity of Lady Macbeth, for example, is blackened at the expense of the effort we are asked to make to understand the horror of her unsexing
. Adelman omits the early scene of Macbeth's letter, in which we see Lady Macbeth as a keen analyst of her husband's hypocrisy.
In 1844 Barrett's initial response used repetition to emphasize the word "unsex" at the close of the two sonnets: "Till God unsex thee on the spirit-shore; / To which alone unsexing
, purely aspire." (18) When she amended the lines for the 1850 edition, she eliminated the emphasis of repetition, but clarified a positive redefinition of the word: Beat purer, heart, and higher, Till God unsex thee on the heavenly shore Where unincarnate spirits purely aspire!