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 chief distinction in the intellectual powers of the two sexes , ” according to
Darwin , “ is shown by man ' s attaining to a higher eminence , in whatever he
takes up , than can woman — whether requiring deep thought , reason , or ...
According to him , each body forms a closed system , which contains only a finite
amount of energy . Since the functioning of each organ requires expenditure of
energy , any undue demand placed upon one organ inevitably depletes some ...
The earth brought forth vegetation , plants yielding seed according to their own
kinds , and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed , each according to its kind .
And God saw that it was good . And there was evening and there was morning , a
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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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