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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Various “ proofs ” of greater differentiation between the sexes in the more "
CIVilized ” races became abundant in ... In a variation of Aristotle ' s image 01 an .
gotten man , the female came to be seen as the basic race type from whic male
ment of race , so that the male European excels much more the female than the
negro the negress . . . . Women preserves in the information of the head , the
earlier stage from which the race or tribe has been developed , or into which it
There were , indeed , many theorists who held that women of certain races or
classes were even more lacking than ... For studies on the intersections of gender
, race , and class in science , see Brace , “ The Roots of the Race Concept in ...
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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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