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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She gave birth to the tall mountains , enchanting haunts of the divine nymphs
who dwell in the woodlands ; and then she bore Pontos , the barren sea ... In this
birth image of creation , all that exists issues forth from the body of the creators .
Again , like Kronos , Zeus contrived to thwart the birth of his prophesied
successor by swallowing him . But he devised a plan that surpassed Kronos ' s :
Zeus swallowed Metis , the female principle herself , rather than the products of
birth to Athena : the child now issues from the male rather than the female . In the
third reversal , Zeus gives birth through the head rather than the womb . This is a
... 44 The birth reversals of Zeus were popular images of classical mythology .
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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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