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What is the origin of the word feminist?

The feminists (excuse this neologism) say .... all the evil rises from the fact that we will not allow that woman is the equal of man.  Alexandre Dumas (fils) 1873

The author of The Three Musketeers is credited with coining the word in French, with a translation of his work by G Vandenhoff introducing the English version. Interestingly, Dumas was not a sympathiser with the emerging campaign for women's rights. Even by the standards of his time he had a particularly patrician view of life "as a battle between the woman and the man."  

He was very censorius about prostitution, for example, blaming the prevalence of prostitutes in Paris for the fall of the city to the Prussians in 1870. This did not prevent him from calling on their services from time to time - presumably in the interests of research

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