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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He believed that semen is derived from blood , although it is white , insisting that
its color was the result of heat . A substance is transformed by being concocted ,
he said , and heat is required for such concoction . On the basis of this , Aristotle ...
56 The blood of Medusa produces neither god nor mortal , but a crop of
dangerous snakes , for the creative power of ... holding long spears in their hands
, / and then she bore the Ash Tree Nymphs of the boundless earth . 57 Male
33 Similarly , Alessandro Achillini ( 1463 – 1512 ) , the Italian anatomist and
philosopher , maintained that the sperm for the generation of the female passes
through the left emulgent vein , which is “ full of watery blood ” that has yet to be ...
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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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