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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To review briefly : by Aristotle ' s account , human semen is formed from blood .
Male semen , however , does not resemble blood . Aristotle claimed that semen '
s whiteness proved that it had been well “ cooked ” or concocted by the superior ...
And because of its impurity , such blood contains less heat , which will result in
production of imperfect seed . ... Galen ' s creative anatomy provides this
mechanism : the impurity of the blood out of which female seed is generated
accounts for ...
female seed is produced in the left testis , where the impurity of the blood corrupts
the seed , resulting in the imperfection of the new being . This imperfection is
manifested in the female organs of generation , de Laguna argued , for a woman
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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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