YMMV: The Learned Ladies

  • Fair for Its Day: Although the play satirizes learning, especially women learning, and the idea of women being in charge of the household, the object of the jokes is not so much the women's "emancipation" but the ridiculous extremes they take it to, and how easily their knowledge turns into pretention and ridiculousness. Trissotin, the male poet, is laughed as just as much as the pretentious women.
  • Values Dissonance: All the talk about Chrysale taking his rightful place as head of the household. Martine's speech about a woman's place being beneath her husband is especially cringe worthy.