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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In conception , the woman provides the raw material , just as the tree provides the
wood . But it is the man who , like the carpenter , determines the function of the
object to be produced and gives it its form . The female body becomes the ...
Galen ' s anatomical error provides the explanation , missing from the Aristotelian
account , of why woman is deficient in heat . Although Aristotle based all of
woman ' s imperfections on this defect , he failed to provide any account of the ...
Even as late as 1794 , Erasmus Darwin ( 1731 – 1802 ) held that the male
provides the form or rudiment of the embryo ... Since the female provides food
and oxygen , she could not also provide part of the embryo , or her contribution
would be ...
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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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