There has been much ongoing speculation about the nature of the siblings William and Dorothy Wordsworths literary symbiosis. In the heyday of feminist criticism and subsequent (less ideologically prejudiced) womens studies, numerous congress papers and periodical articles focused on the evident similarities in diction, imagery, and rhythm between William and Dorothys literary productions poetry as well as prose and jumped to the conclusion that brother had plagiarized sister. To bourgeois eyes, of course, women writing poetry instead of novels or conduct books was an affront to decency and nature itself, as was women undertaking study in classics, theology, philosophy, mathematics, natural science, or composing music instead of merely performing it. It was felt women were prostituting themselves by professionally writing or composing for money. Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, for one, strongly dissuaded his talented sister Fanny from composing music, let alone selling her compositions, and published them under his own name. As the numerous puns on pen and penis show, writing or composing was still largely considered to be a male prerogative.