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Franziska Von Reventlow

Franziska Gräfin zu Reventlow or Fanny Reventlow (18 may 1871, Husum - 26 july 1918, Locarno) was a German novelist.

Reventlow is best known as one of the most unorthodox voices of the early women's movement in Europe. While many of her peers were pressing for improved social, political, and economic rights for women, Reventlow argued that ardent feminists, whom she labelled "viragoes," were actually harming women by attempting to erase or deny the natural differences between men and women. Reventlow maintained that sexual freedom, and the abolition of the institution of marriage, were the best means by which women could hope to achieve a more equal social standing with men.

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