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60What Aquinas Never Said About Womenhttps://www.firstthings.com/article/1998/11/003-what-aquinas-never-said-about-women
Sun, 01 Nov 1998 00:00:00 -0500 If the first casualty of war is the unwelcome truth, the first tool of the discontented is the welcome lie. Such lies cluster freely around Thomas Aquinas. Here I want to engage two frequently encountered in feminist literature: that he claims women are defective males and that he claims that the male human embryo receives a rational soul earlier than does the female. Aquinas nowhere makes the second claim, and as for the first, not only does he not assert it, he denies it no fewer than six times.
The Myth of Soulless Womenhttps://www.firstthings.com/article/1997/04/002-the-myth-of-soulless-women
Tue, 01 Apr 1997 00:00:00 -0500Josh Billings remarked profoundly that “the trouble with people is not that they don’t know but that they know so much as ain’t so.” There are those who know John Chrysostom said that “the image of God is not found in Woman.” (Actually, he said that “the image of God is not found in Man or Woman.”) There are those who know that Thomas Aquinas said that a woman is a defective male. (Actually, he explicitly denies this no fewer than five times.) There are those who know that Aristotle said that a woman is a deficient male—a description based on an appalling mistranslation.