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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ception of these differences as “ defects . ” Because woman has less heat she
smaller and weaker than man . “ The male is larger and longer - lived than the fe .
male . . . the female is less muscular and less compactly jointed . ” 2 Woman ' s
4 Yet he noted that males are more often born defective than females . It would
seem logical here to con that such higher rates of mutations in males are due to a
defect in heat , thus arguing against the premise of male physiological superiority
Since a fe . male fetus was due to a defect in heat , physicians believed they
could predict the sex of a fetus based on the health of the pregnant woman . If the
woman was pale or sickly , this was a sign that she was carrying a female fetus .
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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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