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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The central battle , according to this theory . was between the brain and the
reproductive organs — two of the most powerful ... This theory was then applied
to the traditional view that reproduction is central to woman ' s biological life ,
In The Sexism of Social and Political Theory : Women and Reproduction from
Plato to Nietzsche . Eds . Lorenne M . G . Clark and Lynda Lange . Toronto :
University of Toronto Press , 1979 . " Rousseau and Modern Feminism . ” Social
See also Reproduction Emotion : Plato ' s Timaeus as creation myth , 6 – 7 ;
Descartes ' s conception of rationality , 61 - 62 . See also Passions Energy :
woman and reproduction , 46 - 50 , 75 Enuma Elis , 113 , 115 – 18 , 185n . 24 .
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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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