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 female . . . in the formation of her skull is said to be intermediate between the
child and the man . " 53 “ It is generally admitted that with women the powers of
intuition , of rapid perception , and perhaps of imitation , are more strongly ...
exhibits permanently the imperfect brow , projecting lower jaw , and slender bent
limbs of a Caucasian child some ... 68 Similarly , demonstrating that adult women
had traits that men possessed only when they were children would prove that ...
59 Zeus ' s child is honored by the gods ; Hera ' s child is laughed at . Angered by
all of this , Hera decided to bear another child parthenogenetically . “ And now , I
shall contrive to have born to me / a child who will excel among the immortals .
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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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