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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87 Weismann argued that the combination of these two substances is the cause
of hereditary individual characteristics , and that these individual differences in
turn form the material out of which natural selection produces new species .
THE CONTOURS OF A WOMAN ' S BRAIN In addition to developing
explanations of evolutionary mechanisms to account for mental differences
between the sexes , scientists expended an amazing amount of energy
attempting to document ...
58 Feminism : absence metaphor and Levin ' s attack on , 170 ; concepts of
difference and , 172 , 191n . 11 . ... See Gender differences ; Sex differences
Doell , Ruth , ix Domesticity , 164 Dunn , Robert , 73 Ecker , Alexander , 44 , 46
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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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