Philosophical Topics 46 (2):183-208 (2018)

Authors
Christia Mercer
Columbia University
Abstract
In this paper, I examine the arguments offered by prominent ancient philosophers and medical theorists to justify the view that female bodies are imperfect or “mutilated” compared to male bodies from which it is supposed to follow that women are morally inferior to men. These arguments rendered men superior to women and justified the need for women to subjugate themselves to their procreative powers and to the wisdom of their superiors. Western sexism and misogyny has its roots here. It is unsettling to witness the ease with which a few men writing millennia ago laid the groundwork for centuries of sexism and depressing to realize that many of our contemporaries embrace the residue of these ancient ideas. But it is important for us to understand how these sexist attitudes arose, how they maintained themselves, and how utterly contingent they are.
Keywords Analytic Philosophy  General Interest  Philosophy of Mind
Categories No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
DOI 10.5840/philtopics201846218
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 72,607
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Christianity, Misogyny and Women.Nzeyo Gabriel Eteng - 2019 - Lwati: A Journal of Contemporary Research 16 (3):115-130.
Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny by Kate Manne. [REVIEW]Audrey Yap - 2019 - Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 29 (1):10-17.
Masculine Foes, Feminist Woes: A Response to Down Girl.Briana Toole - 2019 - APA Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy.
The Philosophical Roots of Western and Eastern Conceptions of Creativity.Weihua Niu & Robert J. Sternberg - 2006 - Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology 26 (1-2):18-38.
Toxic Misogyny and the Limits of Counterspeech.Lynne Tirrell - 2019 - Fordham Law Review 6 (87):2433-2452.
Marie de Gournay and the Engendering of Equality.Douglas Lewis - 1999 - Teaching Philosophy 22 (1):53-76.
Challenges of Local and Global Misogyny.Claudia Card - 2014 - In Jon Mandle & David Reidy (eds.), A Companion to Rawls. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell. pp. 472-486.
Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny.Kate Manne - 2017 - Oxford University Press.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2020-09-09

Total views
36 ( #320,152 of 2,533,648 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
9 ( #81,375 of 2,533,648 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes