Female superiority  

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Aristotle and Phyllis, c. 1485, from the medieval legend Lai d' Aristote, illustrated by the Master of the Housebook

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Tracts on the notion of female superiority can be traced to the 15th century and form an antidote the antifeminism of the Middle Ages.

Brantome notes in Les Vies that "Cornelius Agrippa hath writ a brief Treatise on the virtue of women, and all in panegyric of this same Marguerite. The book is a right good one, as it could not but be on so fair a subject, and considering its author, who was a very notable personage."

Early feminist tracts

  1. Johan van Beverwijck, Van de wtnementheyt des vrouwelicken geslachts (1639)
  2. Juan Rodríguez de la Cámara, Triunfo de las donas (1445)

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