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Originally published in 1529, the Declamation on the Preeminence and Nobility of the Female Sex argues that women are more than equal to men in all things that really matter, including the public spheres from which they had long been excluded.Rather than directly refuting prevailing wisdom, Agrippa uses women's superiority as a rhetorical device and overturns the misogynisOriginally published in 1529, the Declamation on the Preeminence and Nobility of the Female Sex argues that women are more than equal to men in all things that really matter, including the public spheres from which they had long been excluded.Rather than directly refuting prevailing wisdom, Agrippa uses women's superiority as a rhetorical device and overturns the misogynistic interpretations of the female body in Greek medicine, in the Bible, in Roman and canon law, in theology and moral philosophy, and in politics. He raised the question of why women were excluded and provided answers based not on sex but on social conditioning, education, and the prejudices of their more powerful oppressors. His declamation, disseminated through the printing press, illustrated the power of that new medium, soon to be used to generate a larger reformation of religion....

Title : Declamation on the Nobility and Preeminence of the Female Sex
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ISBN : 9780226010595
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 142 Pages
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Declamation on the Nobility and Preeminence of the Female Sex Reviews

  • Shari
    2018-09-24 11:11

    The excellent introduction and the exhaustive footnotes alone make this book worthwhile, but you have to be ready for some heavy reading and such an overload of information that your head spins. You come away with so many different avenues of possible inquiry and study it takes a while to sort things out. The footnotes do break up the narrative and require rereading of the tract itself, which is not all that long. Everything is qualified, quantified, and clarified in the footnotes, and the introduction provides a good short bio of Agrippa, plus a history of the similar works of his contemporaries and the feuds that erupted amongst them. Agrippa is the only one of these male writers writing in defense of women who separates himself from the usual "illustrious women in a patriarchal world" motif and finds the cause of women's plight to be in the social constructs of this world. In other words, not women's inferiority or weakness or sub-human status, but that they are held back and submission is required of them because they have been denied the same rights and humanity as men. Agrippa also held a doctorate in medicine so he is less reticent about talking about women and their bodies than most writers of that time, or indeed, of more recent times, but he does occasionally pull his punches and use euphemisms that do nothing to enhance his intent.

  • Mark
    2018-10-03 12:02

    See http://marklindner.info/blog/2007/02/... for some fairly extensive comments.

  • Lucas
    2018-09-29 14:00

    found the copy of the 1670 print on the net, old english and typo made it funky to read but really enjoyed it. It was advocating to a person who is already convinced but truly awesome.

  • Маx Nestelieiev
    2018-10-01 06:08

    ироническая речь про очевидное, но невероятное. жаль, в конце сбился на списки. интересны детали: оказывается трупы утоплениц всегда плавают стыдливо лицом вниз, тогда как утопленники всегда аморально лицом и прочими частями вверх. учёнейший человек был агриппа)