why did aristotle say that women have less teeth then men?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Like most philosophers and scholars up to Kepler, theory--not experience--was the source of truth, and what authorities had to say women's teeth was more reliable than looking in a woman's mouth.

    In his defense, oral hygiene wasn't a priority in his day, and many women (and men) lost many teeth.

    In short, Aristotle erred, because he never looked.

  • 1 decade ago

    Looking at the rest of the quote provided by the first answerer (thanks!), he meant that men are more violent than women (fighting, war) because of their differences like testosterone, etc. Women are more gentle (less teeth). Hope that helps.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    "Why have men more teeth then women?

    By reason of the abundance of heat and blood which is more in men than in women."

    clearly, his strong point wasn't in dentistry, or in feminism.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Come on folks lets tell it like it is,the old coot was being sexist.

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