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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... her life is confined to the private realm . She is to “ remain indoors ” and care
for the children , rule over the maidservants , receive what is brought in and
distribute it , make clothes , fix food , and tend sick servants . 14 The
domestication of ...
Just as in man ' s soul there is one part which rules by taking thought and another
part which is subject to obedience , so for man , also corporeally , a ... 23 For
correct order to reign , woman requires external governance — the rule of man .
He supported the subjection of woman to man , basing his argument on an
interpretation of the Genesis story of Eve and Adam . Locke , like Luther ,
emphasized God ' s punishment of woman for her disobedience ; the rule of man
over woman ...
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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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