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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Zeus not only enveloped within himself female wisdom : by swallowing the
pregnant Metis , he also acquired the expressly female power to give birth . Zeus
bore his gray - eyed daughter , Athena , “ from his head . " 43 Thus the male
This gives us good reason to believe that the male ejaculate alone is not
sufficient for conception ; otherwise , we would expect a pregnancy every time a
man ejaculated into a woman ' s vagina . Aristotle failed to mention this anomaly .
The purpose of the male sperm is to give form in the likeliness of that from which
the sperm comes ; the purpose of the ... rather than Aristotle ' s carpenter to
describe the mechanism by which man ' s sperm gives form to woman ' s sperm .
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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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