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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Laqueur , in his “ Orgasm , Generation , and the Politics of Reproductive Biology ,
" offers an excellent discussion of how the change in biology from a hierarchical
model of sexual differences to a model of the sexes as being different in kind ...
impede the final and perfecting stages when the substance , as well as the soul
of the alchemist , was to be transformed into its perfect masculine form . 41 .
Maier , Michael Maier ' s Atalanta Fugiens , p . 316 . An excellent discussion of
For a discussion of the influence of phrenology on physical anthropology , see
Russett , Sexual Science . 80 . An excellent account of these problems can be
found in Fee , “ Nineteenth - Century Craniology : The Study of the Female Skull .
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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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