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Historical Geniuses And Nerds You Never Knew Were Misogynistic Jerks

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You can be the smartest, most intelligent, groundbreaking genius and still be a trash human. Just because someone has been gifted with unparalleled brains, it doesn’t mean they're not prejudiced, ignorant a*swipes. Just take a look at these historical figures who were misogynists – these philosophers, scientists and authors have said some pretty despicable things about woman. Others have done some really messed up stuff to their wives – looking at you, Albert Einstein!  

These misogynist historical figures may be brilliant but they are garbage people. Check out just how awful they are and be glad they're not alive.

  • Albert Einstein, remembered by many as a Nobel prize winning scientist, proves that just because you introduce the world to the theory of relativity, that doesn't mean you're exempt from being a sexist monster. Back in 1914, Einstein and his first wife Mileva Maric had hit a rough patch in their marriage. Einstein thought he could remedy this with a strict list of rules. Einstein thought wrong. Maric left him.  

    The list included rules such as "You will make sure that my clothes and laundry are kept in good order",  "you will not expect any intimacy from me, nor will you reproach me in any way", "You will undertake not to belittle me in front of our children, either through words or behavior" and "you will stop talking to me if I request it". For someone with such a capable brain it's pretty impressive - or perhaps the exact opposite - that he actually thought these would fly with his wife.

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  • Aristotle was a renowned Ancient Greek philosopher and scientist that taught Alexander the Great and wrote about a huge range of topics that included metaphysics, poetry and politics. And you would think a philosopher would be fairly progressive and open-minded when it came to gender. Well, think again. Aristotle was rude as hell about women and has said such gross things as "a proper wife should be as obedient as a slave" and "The female is a female by virtue of a certain lack of qualities - a natural defectiveness."

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    You know the old adage "do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself"? Most people could agree that living by those words would be far from the worst thing in the world. Well, what if you knew that the same guy that came up with that phrase, also said "one hundred women are not worth a single testicle" and "it is the law of nature that women should be held under the dominance of man". All three of those quotes can be credited to Confucius – the famous Chinese politician, philosopher and editor. If he wanted to be treated the way he acted, surely he shouldn't have been going around denigrating women? Oh, but he was a misogynist! He probably didn't even view women as people in the first place.

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    Most people are probably familiar with Nietzsche as the "god is dead" guy that a lot of would-be philosophers quote to make it sound like they get philosophy, when in fact that's the only philosophy book they've ever read. Nietzsche is lending credence to a newly developing theory that all philosophers seem to be raging misogynists. He seemed to be absolutely baffled by the thought of women learning anything and said this of any academically minded woman: "When a woman has scholarly inclinations there is usually something wrong with her sexuality."

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