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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Since the functioning of each organ requires expenditure of energy , any undue
demand placed upon one organ inevitably depletes some other . The organs of
the body were thus seen as competing for limited resources . The central battle ...
But any attempt on her part to defy her “ nature , ” perhaps by striving for an
education equal to that of man , will also bring about a mental breakdown . The
diseases caused by such imbalances of woman ' s sexual organs were believed
to be ...
45 Meigs also held the popular view that the nervous system of woman is direct
connected to her sexual organs . The power of these organs is well illustrated in
his explanation of the consequences of the infamous bath : The uterus and the ...
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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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