Errors from the Past

“Nature placed the female testicles internally. (…)” – Errors from the Past, 1564

“Nature placed the female testicles internally. … Woman is a most arrogant and extremely intractable animal; and she would be worse if she came to realize that she is no less perfect and no less fit to wear breeches than man. … I believe that is why nature, did so in such a way as to keep her from perceiving and ascertaining her sufficient perfection. On the contrary … to check woman’s continual desire to dominate, nature arranged things so that every time she thinks of her supposed lack, she may be humbled and shamed.

Borgarucci, Delia contemplatione anatomica sopra tutte le parti del corpo umano, (Venice, 1564), ch. 23.

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