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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47 A Spencer argued that sex differences could be accounted for by the “ som
earlier arrest of individual evolution in women than in men , necessitated ha
reservation of vital power to meet the cost of reproduction . ” 84 The premis
derlying this ...
the role of sexual reproduction as the source of individual variation , a theme that
played only a minor role in Darwin ' s thinking . “ The hereditary substance of the
child is formed half from the paternal , half from the maternal hereditary ...
Supporting Darwin ' s view of woman evolved than man , Spencer , like Darwin ,
pointed to an “ earlier arrest of individual evolution in women than in men , ”
designed to conserve energy needed for re . production , to account for woman ' s
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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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