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The Once and Future Sex: Going Medieval on Women's Roles in Society (edició 2024)

de Eleanor Janega (Autor)

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A vibrant and illuminating exploration of medieval thinking on women's beauty, sexuality, and behavior. What makes for the ideal woman? How should she look, love, and be? In this high-spirited history, medievalist Eleanor Janega turns to the Middle Ages, the era that bridged the ancient world and modern society, to unfurl its suppositions about women and reveal what's shifted over time-and what hasn't. Enshrined medieval thinkers, almost always male, subscribed to a blend of classical Greek and Roman philosophy and Christian theology for their concepts of the sexes. For the height of female attractiveness, they chose the mythical Helen of Troy, whose imagined pear shape, small breasts, and golden hair served as beauty's epitome. Casting Eve's shadow over medieval women, they derided them as oversexed sinners, inherently lustful, insatiable, and weak. And, unless a nun, a woman was to be the embodiment of perfect motherhood. In The Once and Future Sex, Janega unravels the restricting expectations on medieval women and the ones on women today. She boldly questions why, if our ideas of women have changed drastically over time, we cannot reimagine them now to create a more equitable future.… (més)
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Títol:The Once and Future Sex: Going Medieval on Women's Roles in Society
Autors:Eleanor Janega (Autor)
Informació:W. W. Norton & Company (2024), 272 pages
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Not a terrible book, and actually quite interesting at some points, but there are absolutely no new conclusions here and the author’s tone can be so silly at times. When an author purporting to write a book on women’s roles in history has to explain to her audience what the three waves of feminism are, I just can’t take it too seriously, you know?

Basically, it’s a good audiobook to put on in the background. ( )
  Eavans | Jan 14, 2024 |
An enlightening and acerbic look at the roles of women and how they were seen during the Middle Ages. Janega deftly weaves history with wit in this whirlwind primer on the many misconceptions of and about medieval-era women, their sources, and how they are still influencing us today.

There is much work left to do.... ( )
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A vibrant and illuminating exploration of medieval thinking on women's beauty, sexuality, and behavior. What makes for the ideal woman? How should she look, love, and be? In this high-spirited history, medievalist Eleanor Janega turns to the Middle Ages, the era that bridged the ancient world and modern society, to unfurl its suppositions about women and reveal what's shifted over time-and what hasn't. Enshrined medieval thinkers, almost always male, subscribed to a blend of classical Greek and Roman philosophy and Christian theology for their concepts of the sexes. For the height of female attractiveness, they chose the mythical Helen of Troy, whose imagined pear shape, small breasts, and golden hair served as beauty's epitome. Casting Eve's shadow over medieval women, they derided them as oversexed sinners, inherently lustful, insatiable, and weak. And, unless a nun, a woman was to be the embodiment of perfect motherhood. In The Once and Future Sex, Janega unravels the restricting expectations on medieval women and the ones on women today. She boldly questions why, if our ideas of women have changed drastically over time, we cannot reimagine them now to create a more equitable future.

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