«Natural Law & Sexual Ethics» @ Princeton, by Prof. Ed Feser
In the Greek conception, women were defined more by emotion and bodily life than men, who were understood as possessing superior rational faculties that made governing sexual continence more feasible. Female sexuality was conceived as something potentially threatening, through seduction, and married women were largely confined to private life in the household, in part due to anxieties over adultery. Female sexuality was also seen as potentially pathogenic, leading to hysteria when not sated. Through the sexual act, and pregnancy, a woman's womb could be anchored firmly in place, so it would stop crashing around inside her body, colliding with other organs, which causes erratic thought and behavior.

It was routine for men to marry later, generally expected to refrain from intercourse longer, whereas women were married at much younger ages.


It is interesting that Ligouri seems to have a view of women that anticipates the modern or Victorian one, one that became rooted in evangelical Protestantism.

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