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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He insisted that Eve was “ similar to Adam so far as the image of God in
concerned , that is in justice ... 34 Yet in a later passage , Luther insisted that if
Eve had not listened to the serpent and sinned , “ she would have been the equal
of Adam ...
Galen insisted that upon dissection of the genitals of the two sexes , one would
realize that all the parts that man has , woman has too . Woman ' s genitals ,
however , are contained within the body , whereas man ' s are outside the body .
66 Over twenty centuries later , Arthur Schopenhauer ( 1788 – 1860 ) echoed
Aristotle ' s attack by insisting that it was the ... 68 He insisted that these women
not only gave birth to " the healthiest , the most robust , the most well - built men
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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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