The Natural Superiority of Women

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Rowman Altamira, Jan 1, 1999 - Social Science - 335 pages
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Among the central issues of the modern feminist movement, the debate over biology and culture over sex and gender, over genetics and gender roles has certainly been one of the most passionately contested. Making revolutionary arguments upon its first publication in 1953, The Natural Superiority of Women stands as one of the original feminist arguments against biological determinism. An iconoclast, Montagu wielded his encyclopedic knowledge of physical anthropology in critique of the conventional wisdom of women as the "weaker sex," showing how women's biological, genetic, and physical makeup made her not only man's equal, but his superior. Also a humanist, Montagu points to the emotional and social qualities typically ascribed to and devalued in women as being key to just social life and relationships. Subsequent editions of this book have provided additional support for Montagu's arguments, examining both biological and social scientific data of the late 20th century. One of the most broadly renowned and read scholars of our century, Montagu brings out this fifth edition with up-to-date statistics and references. A lengthy foreword by Susan Sperling contextualizes the book within the intellectual histories of feminism and anthropology, noting the huge social and intellectual changes that are spanned in Montagu's life and writing. Montagu's foundational book is an important addition to the library of all gender scholars.
  

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User Review  - Maelanie - Goodreads

I strongly urge all women to read this book, and men to. Do not let the title mislead you. It is not at all what you think. I found it very informative, empowering and gave me ammunition to deal with ... Read full review

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User Review  - Valerie - Goodreads

I haven't seen this edition, and would like to, but I have an older edition. A lot of people don't know that 'Ashley Montagu' was actually his surname. Not sure what the first names were--the initials ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
43
The Natural Superiority of Women
47
The Subjection of Women
63
The Social Determinants of Biological Facts and Social Consequences
89
Who Said The Inferior Sex?
109
When X Doesnt Equal Y
125
The Sexual Superiority of the Female
139
Are Women More Emotional Than Men?
149
Women and Creativity
201
The Genius of Woman as the Genius of Humanity
227
Mutual Aid
239
Changing Traditions
255
Womans Task
277
United Nations Declaration on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women
289
On the Origins of My Views on the Natural Superiority of Women
295
Notes
301

Was It True About Women?
179
The Intelligence of the Sexes
185
Index
323
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Page 17 - The chief distinction in the intellectual powers of the two sexes is shewn by man's attaining to a higher eminence, in whatever he takes up, than can woman- whether requiring deep thought, reason, or imagination, or merely the use of the senses and hands.

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About the author (1999)

Ashley Montagu is a writer, editor, and anthropologist. He was born in London, England, on June 28, 1905. Montagu studied psychology and anthropology at the University of London and the University of Florence For nearly twenty years, Montagu taught anatomy at New York University, Hahnemann Medical College, and Rutgers University. He became the chairman of the anthropology department at Rutgers. Montagu is the author or editor of more than 60 books. He has written articles for such magazines as The Ladies Home Journal and The Saturday Review. Montagu received numerous awards and honors, including the Distinguished Achievement Award of The American Anthropological Association and the Darwin Award of the Society of American Physical Anthropologists.

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