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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For centuries prior to Descartes and for centuries after , woman was seen as
inescapably bound to the concerns of the body by her role in reproduction — her
pregnancies . her lacta . tions , and her menses . Given this conception of woman
' s ...
28 While rejecting Aristotle ' s view that the female provides no seed , Albertus
attributed to woman the same diminished role in conception as had Aristotle . “
The semen is twofold , namely effective and material . ” 29 The female semen ...
See also Gender differences ; Sex role differentiation Sex role differentiation , 34 ,
36 - 41 Sexism : in practice of science , ix ; and racism of Darwin ' s theory of
evolution , 38 ; craniology and , 46 ; association with racism , 178n . 10 Sexual ...
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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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