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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Craniologists were part of the science of physical anthropology that emerged in
the mid - nineteenth century . Influenced by the reports of missionaries ,
ethnologists , and other students of the diversities among races , physical
This premise has been largely responsible for the idea that woman ' s
reproductive organs play a more significant role in her physical and mental
health than do those of man . Classical scientists saw the uterus as having such a
major impact ...
Notice that by the sixteenth century , mental illness was as commonly associated
with hysteria as was physical illness . Like earlier theorists , Paré believed that
hysteria was , in part , the result of celibacy . Explaining that hysteria seldom ...
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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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