The Weaker Seed. The Sexist Bias of Reproductive Theory

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Abstract

This history of reproductive theories from Aristotle to the preformationists provides an excellent illustration of the ways in which the gender /science system informs the process of scientific investigation. In this essay I examine the effects of the bias of woman's inferiority upon theories of human reproduction. I argue that the adherence to a belief in the inferiority of the female creative principle biased scientific perception of the nature of woman's role in human generation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-59
Number of pages25
JournalHypatia
Volume3
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1988

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gender Studies
  • Philosophy

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