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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When a scientist measures actual brain weight , a number of factors are relevant
to later comparisons . Since the brain loses weight with age , the age of the
individual at death must be part of the calculation . If female brains are , on the ...
women that their brains are smaller than men ' s . ... the smaller animal , woman
would have the smaller brain , while it would be quite possible that all the same
her brain endowment might in proportion be equal , or even ampler than man ' s .
We are therefore permitted to suppose that the relatively small size of the female
brain depends in part upon her physical inferiority and in part upon her
intellectual inferiority . " 94 Other measurements were numerous and imaginative
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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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