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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Towards a Critical Theory of Patriarchy: Part 2

Means, Motive and Opportunity

Not the true parent is the woman’s womb
That bears the child; she doth but nurse the seed
New-sown: the male is parent;

And proof hereof before you will I set. 

Birth may from fathers, without mothers, be:
See at your side a witness of the same,
Athena, daughter of Olympian Zeus,
Never within the darkness of the womb

– The Oresteia by Aeschylus, 408 BC

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