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‘Insulting to her’: Mary Wollstonecraft sculpture sparks backlash

Critics suggest naked figure is a missed opportunity but artist Maggi Hambling defends her work

  • Why I hate the Mary Wollstonecraft statue: would a man be ‘honoured’ with his schlong out?

It took 200 years to get a statue honouring the life of pioneering philosopher and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft, but its creators have faced criticism from almost the moment it was unveiled.

The new sculpture was met with dismay and bafflement by some when it was unveiled on Tuesday, with critics asking why it did not directly depict Wollstonecraft and why the “mother of feminism” had been celebrated with a naked female form.

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