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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Rather than bringing into being out of nothing , the gods bear their offspring .
They do not impose a form upon unformed matter , as in the craftsperson image
of Genesis , but rather generate beings out of their own bodies . This image is
one of ...
In this myth , creation results from a god giving form to an already existing
substance . The Enuma Elis opens with , “ when ... Tiamat , angry at the loss of
Apsu , planned to avenge his death by killing the young gods . And Tiamat ,
mightier than ...
gifts of the two male gods thus provide Pandora with all that is essential to her
being . Her body and its shape and strength , her face and its countenance , her
voice , her mind , and her nature were all crafted by male gods . Although there
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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
Between Man and Animal
The Weaker Vessel
The Hysteria of Woman
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