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“The male provides the ‘form’ and the ‘principle of the movement’, the female provides the body, in other words the material… If the male is the active partner, the one which originates the movement, and the female qua female is the passive one, surely what the female contributes to the semen of the male will not be semen but material.”

Aristotle, Generation of Animals, trans. By A. L. Peck (Loeb Classics, Harvard University Press, 1943), Bk. I, pp. 101, 103, 109, 113

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