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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The creation myths of religion and the hierarchical ordering of existence in the
science of biology comprise the two primary sources in Western intellectual
thought for the belief in woman ' s lack of perfection . The second section of the
book is ...
ONE In the Beginning Creation myths have always been central to human
understanding . They delineate our role in a universe of mysteries . They embody
a culture ' s beliefs about the nature of humankind and the purpose of existence .
Once man embraces her , the deception is quickly uncovered , and woman is
revealed for what she is — “ a scourge for toiling man . ” 5 The Theogony depicts
woman ' s nature as inferior to that of man . Her existence is neither necessary
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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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