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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Woman ' s social role also handicaps her . The vast majority of Western
philosophers , theologians , and scientists writing both before and after Descartes
have accepted the Aristotelian view of the natural role of “ civilized ” woman as
that of ...
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Diane , and Pauline Bart . “ A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Orifice :
Women in Gynecological Textbooks . " American Journal of Sociology 78 ( 1972 )
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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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