Natural Superiority of Women

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Having made revolutionary statements 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 wields his encyclopedic knowledge of physical anthropology to show how women's biological, genetic, and physical characteristics make her not only man's equal, but his superior. Also a humanist, Montagu points to the emotional and social qualities typically ascribed to women and devalued as being central ...
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Having made revolutionary statements 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 wields his encyclopedic knowledge of physical anthropology to show how women's biological, genetic, and physical characteristics make her not only man's equal, but his superior. Also a humanist, Montagu points to the emotional and social qualities typically ascribed to women and devalued as being central to the attainment of equitable and just social relations.. "One of the most broadly renown and read scholars of our century, Montagu brings out this fifth edition with up-to-date statistics and references. A lengthy introduction by Susan Sperling contextualizes the book within the intellectual histories of feminism and anthropology, assessing the huge social and intellectual changes that are spanned in Montagu's life and writing.
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<:st>New edition of Montagu's classic study (a previous edition of which is cited in Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Midwest Book Review
This 1999 fifth edition contains significant new material compared to the previous 1992 release, and includes Montagu's new preface, an insightful introduction by Susan Sperling which explains Montagu's ideas in the context of current feminist theory....The noble ideas in this work will provide insight, courage and inspiration. The Natural Superiority of Women will help every thinking man to better appreciate the true essence of women, and help every woman to gain the vision and confidence to fulfill herself, nurture her family, stand up for her rights and make the world a better—a more equal and a more loving—place to live.
— Michael Pastore
Women's International Network News
Reading this book is a journal of discovery as Montagu sheds light on so many myths and customs that societies take for granted, including women.
— Fran Hoskens, Editor
Midwest Book Review - Michael Pastore
This 1999 fifth edition contains significant new material compared to the previous 1992 release, and includes Montagu's new preface, an insightful introduction by Susan Sperling which explains Montagu's ideas in the context of current feminist theory....The noble ideas in this work will provide insight, courage and inspiration. The Natural Superiority of Women will help every thinking man to better appreciate the true essence of women, and help every woman to gain the vision and confidence to fulfill herself, nurture her family, stand up for her rights and make the world a better—a more equal and a more loving—place to live.
Women's International Network News - Fran Hoskens
Reading this book is a journal of discovery as Montagu sheds light on so many myths and customs that societies take for granted, including women.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780020960805
  • Publisher: Macmillan Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/13/1974
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 268

Table of Contents

About the Author 8
Foreword 11
Preface to the Fifth Edition 41
Preface to the First Edition 43
Prologue 45
1 The Natural Superiority of Women 49
2 The Subjection of Women 65
3 The Social Determinants of Biological "Facts" and Social Consequences 91
4 Who Said, "The Inferior Sex"? 111
5 When "X" Doesn't Equal "Y" 127
6 The Sexual Superiority of the Female 141
7 Are Women More Emotional Than Men? 151
8 Was It True About Women? 181
9 The Intelligence of the Sexes 187
10 Women and Creativity 203
11 The Genius of Woman as the Genius of Humanity 229
12 Mutual Aid 241
13 Changing Traditions 257
14 Woman's Task 279
App. A United Nations Declaration on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women 291
App. B On the Origins of My Views on the Natural Superiority of Women 297
Notes 303
Index 325
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