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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Energy expended for brain development , for example , is not available for other
types of development . Since fetal development and lactation were viewed as
requiring large amounts of energy , Spencer concluded that woman would have ...
He claimed that at the level of the cell , maleness is characterized by the
disposition to dissipate energy , or a “ katabolic ” habit of body , femaleness by
the disposition to conserve energy , or an “ anabolic " habit of body . Based on
this thesis ...
According to him , each body forms a closed system , which contains only a finite
amount of energy . Since the functioning of each organ requires expenditure of
energy , any undue demand placed upon one organ inevitably depletes some ...
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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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