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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If one focuses upon woman ' s role as helper , an argument can be made either
for the equal perfection of woman and man or for the metaphysical superiority of
man . Looking first at the material of woman ' s creation , an argument for her ...
13 He argued that inflammation of the uterus could result in hysterical suffocation
, causing seizures similar to those of epilepsy or apoplexy . Interestingly , he also
argued that frequent pregnancies , especially when fetuses are large , would ...
Some scientists thus discounted the attempts of women ' s rights activists by
arguing that the demands for women ' s ... 62 Others argued even more
vehemently that such efforts could result in the extinction of the entire human
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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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