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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60 These or erations were seen as particularly important , for such surgery was
believed to “ control ” woman ' s unlimited sexual appetite , as described by
Gardner and other physicians . The surgery was performed on women whose
Religious cosmogonies postulate the male as the essential creative force , while
biological theories assign a greater importance to the male role in generation —
another example of the way in which religion and science are mutually ...
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seen as the opposite of the womb , associated with passion . 44 The birth
reversals of Zeus were popular images of classical mythology . The story of
Athena was ...
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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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