“Mademoiselle Arria Ly Wants Blood!” The New Woman and the Debate over Female Honor

  • Andrea Mansker
Part of the Genders and Sexualities in History book series (GSX)


Braving an intense heat wave, a large crowd crammed into the auditorium of the former Faculté des Lettres in Toulouse on the evening of September 2, 1911. The audience, estimated by the local press to number anywhere from 1,000 to 1,500, had gathered to hear a resident speaker refute the theories of a young feminist named Arria Ly.1 A successful journalist and lecturer in the Midi region, Ly was well-known to the citizens of Toulouse for her passionate and combative rhetorical style and her uncompromising positions on feminism and sexuality. She elaborated these opinions in a variety of provincial newspapers and public lectures in the prewar decades. Most recently, she had run a memorable campaign as a Toulousain candidate (illegal) for the 1910 legislative elections.2


Militant Feminist Honor Code Woman Writer French Woman Midi Region 
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  • Andrea Mansker
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  1. 1.Sewanee: The University of the SouthUSA

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