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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controlled by her passions . Woman ' s coldness thus accounts for her relative
lack of moral ability . Aristotle reinforced this image of woman , for his biology
predicated woman ' s nature upon her defect in heat . Not only was woman ...
81 is unable to control her passions . In the Western tradition , lust has beer
powerful and dangerous passion . Behind this Christian view is a Pandora - like
im . age — a woman controlled by her sexual desires , a sexual trap for man .
Woman ' s biological , spiritual , and moral weaknesses were all seen as making
her far more prone to acts of injustice , particularly those resulting from the
passions and desires . A woman uncontrolled was one of the greatest dangers to
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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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