The Less Noble Sex: Scientific, Religious, and Philosophical Conceptions of Woman's Nature
Indiana University Press, 1993 - 224 pages
This book looks at five major beliefs about woman's nature generally accepted by Western philosophers, theologians, and scientists from the classical period to the nineteenth century. These are that: woman is less perfect than man, woman possesses inferior rational capacities, woman has a defective moral sense, man is the primary creative force, and that woman is in need of control.
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While preparing the ritual sacrifice for the gods , Prometheus devised a plan to
deceive Zeus , the ruler of all . Prometheus took an ox , carved it , and divided the
parts into two piles . In the first pile he placed meat , entrails , and fat within the ...
Again , like Kronos , Zeus contrived to thwart the birth of his prophesied
successor by swallowing him . But he devised a plan that surpassed Kronos ' s :
Zeus swallowed Metis , the female principle herself , rather than the products of
In the third reversal , Zeus gives birth through the head rather than the womb .
This is a final , important reversal , since the head , associated with reason , is
seen as the opposite of the womb , associated with passion . 44 The birth
reversals of ...
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Tuana, a professor of the history of ideas, discusses classical through late 19th-century ideas of women, showing how scientific views and religious or philosophical views have influenced and ... Read full review
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