HIS102Y1 Lecture Notes - Feminist Technoscience, Thomas W. Laqueur, Lovesickness

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Hotter men, colder women, and the one-sex model. Constructing gender, scientific truth", and the practice of medicine. Epistemology and the body, feminist science studies and the real": medical truths" reinforce gender power relations, the sexed body as constructed, effects of medical truths" on gendered experience of the body. 3)medical practice and the female body, the social context of how medical truths" shape historically specific societies: the balanced humoral economy: gendering medicine, creating the sexed body, greek philosophical tradition, hippocrates and aristotle, galenic medicine. Men: drier, hotter, effect of heat on sexual physiology, external sexual organs. Women: colder, wetter, effect of lack of heat on sexual physiology, internal sexual organs. Plato: wandering womb, the timaeus, sexual physiology explained in terms of marrow, semen, blood, brain, and vital soul. Gendered meanings of sexual desire: women tied to reproduction. Hippocrates: health as balance, foetus (right side vs. left side) , pangenesis, seed. Hippocrates: female health as focused on menstruation and uterus.

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