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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Classical scientists saw the uterus as having such a major impact on a woman ' s
physical health that any uterine disorder could endanger her seriously . This
womb / well - being correlation remained a part of medical theory well into the ...
The case of classical anatomical studies of the structure of the uterus is a good
example of how empirical investigations result in theory revision . The tenet that
the uterus was a free - floating organ was rejected because of careful
... of the uterus , for the left side of the uterus was believed to provide nourishment
that results in female characteristics . ... both by the testis from which the seeds
originate and by the side of the uterus in which the mixture of seeds implants .
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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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