A FEMINIST DISCIPLE OF NIETZSCHE
The feminist movement has evolved its ‘superwoman’ or, rather, the superwoman is the ultimate expression of that new philosophy of feminism preached by the very latest prophetess, Dora Marsden, in her daring “humanist review,” the London Freewoman. With its mid-October issue, The Freewoman ceased temporarily to exist,, but we shall probably witness its reappearance shortly in a still more arresting form as a “significant and compelling sign of new developments taking place within the woman movement.” John Galsworthy and Francis Grierson contributed to its columns. H. G. Wells was not only a contributor, but a “constant reader.” The editorials won the applause of Havelock Ellis and the respectful attention of Bernard Shaw. The extraordinary young editor, Mrs. Bjorkman, remarks, “shot into the philosophic firmament as a star of the first magnitude. Although practically unknown except as a settlement worker and a suffragist before the advent of The Freewoman in November, 1911, she speaks always with the quietly authoritative air of the writer who has arrived.” Her amazing staff reviewer Is a girl of eighteen.
The Freewoman has voiced a philosophy as egoistic and undemocratic as Nletzche’s. It discards the ordinary. The difficult and dangerous creed by reason of which It exists will be rejected today, says Dora Marsden, by three women out of every four.