Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 8863
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Thomasset , Claude.
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  • Title: The Nature of Woman [The author provides an overview of medieval representations of women and sexuality through medical treatises (texts concerning female anatomy and physiology) and related writings by theologians and physicians. Galen’s theory that the female internal organs were the inverse of the male sexual organ was very influential, but writers developed diverse and contradictory opinions on the nature of female sex organs, the function of menstrual blood, and the process of determining the gender of a fetus during pregnancy. Writers also expressed anxiety about the ways women shared sexual knowledge with each other, how women derived pleasures from sex, and what caused various illnesses in women. Title note supplied by Feminae.].
  • Source: A History of Women in the West. Volume 2: Silences of the Middle Ages.  Edited by Christiane Klapisch-Zuber.  Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1992.  Pages 43 - 69.
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  • Article Type: Essay
  • Subject (See Also): Body Eroticism Isidore of Seville, Theologian- Etymologiae Galen, Ancient Physician Gender Gynecology Medicine Menstruation Physicians Pleasure Pregnancy Sexuality Women- Biology Women's Nature
  • Geographic Area: General
  • Century: General
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  • Author's Affiliation: University of Paris IV
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  • Year of Publication: 1992.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 0674403711
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