Errors from the Past

“Mentally, socially, spiritually, a woman is more inferior than man (…).” Errors from the Past, 19th Century

“Mentally, socially, spiritually, she is more inferior than man. She herself is an inferior part of man, and her love and life are always something inferior and incomprehensible to him. . . . Woman is to deal with domestic affections and uses, not with philosophies and sciences. . . . She is priest, not king. The house, the chamber and the closet are the centers of her social life and power, as surely as the sun is the center of the solar system.”

Smith-Rosenberg, C., and Rosenberg, C. The female animal: medical and biological views of woman and her role in nineteenth-century America. Journal of American History, 1973, p. 337

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