Notes on “the weaker sex”

“This inferiority is so obvious that no one can contest it for a moment; only its degree is worth discussion. …Without a doubt there exist some distinguished women … but they are as exceptional as the birth of any monstrosity, as, for example, of a gorilla with two heads; consequently, we may neglect them entirely.”

– Gustave Le Bon, French thinker and Social Darwinist on women’s intellectual inferiority  to men (Gould, 1981:104,105).

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