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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Alchemists depicted the female role in reproduction as that of nurturing and
providing sustenance for the seed placed in her by the male . This image of
generation is reflected in their texts in three areas : metaphysics — the
interactions of the ...
51 Despite Kant ' s protests , he based this “ right " on what he perceived to be a
natural liability - woman ' s role in reproduction . He claimed that , because of
woman ' s childbearing role , she will experience “ fear in the face of physical
See also Gender differences ; Sex role differentiation Sex role differentiation , 34 ,
36 - 41 Sexism : in practice of science , ix ; and racism of Darwin ' s theory of
evolution , 38 ; craniology and , 46 ; association with racism , 178n . 10 Sexual ...
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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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