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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... reason and emotion , masculinizes rationality . A woman who wishes to follow
Descartes ' s method must reject her culturally prescribed roles ; she must see the
skills and thought processes associated with those roles as devoid of reason .
Her feet go down to death ; / her steps follow the path to Sheol ” ( Proverbs 5 : 3 -
5 ) . Not only is woman less moral than man , she poses the greatest threat to
man ' s morality . This theme , that the wickedness of woman is the result of her ...
Aretaeus believed that the womb , being like an animal , would delight in and
follow fragrant smells , and be repelled by fetid smells . Thus , he advised that if a
woman ' s uterus had traveled upward , rubbing fragrant oils , like cinnamon , into
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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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