Feminine traits are called weaknesses. People joke about them; fools ridicule them; but reasonable persons see very well that those traits are just the tools for the management of men, and for the use of men for female designs.
Immanuel Kant, Anthropology, p. 217
The quest for abstract and speculative truths, principles, and axioms in the sciences, for everything that tends to generalize ideas, is not within the competence of women… Nor do women have sufficient precision and attention to succeed at the exact sciences. Woman, who is weak and who sees nothing outside the house, estimates and judges the forces she can put to work to make up for her weakness, and those forces are men's passions.
Jean Jacques Rousseau, Emile, pp. 386-7
As nature has given man the superiority over woman, by endowing him with greater strength, both of mind and body; it is his part to alleviate that superiority, as much as possible, by the generosity of his behavior, and by a studied deference and complaisance for all her inclinations and opinions.
David Hume, Essays, p. 133
In post-World War II Britain and North America, with the analytic paradigm for philosophy in full sway, philosophers' views on women were seldom a subject of discussion. Kant's Anthropology was considered peripheral,