In her book
The Subject of Tragedy
, Catherine Belsey devotes separate sections to her discussion of ‘Man’ and her discussion of ‘Woman’. Her aim in this, she says, is to demonstrate that:
■ at the moment when the modern subject was in the process of construction, the ‘common-gender noun’ largely failed to include women in the range of its meanings. Man is the subject of liberal humanism. Woman has meaning in relation to man. And yet the instability which is the result of this asymmetry is the ground of protest, resistance, feminism.