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Malleus Maleficarum, 1484

Other again have propounded other reasons why there are more superstitious women found than men. And the first is, that they are more credulous; and since the chief aim of the devil is to corrupt faith, therefore he rather attacks them... He that is quick to believe is light-minded, and shall be diminished. The second reason is, that women are naturally more impressionable, and more ready to receive the influence of a disembodied spirit; and that when they use this quality well they are very good, but when they use it ill they are very evil.

Sprenger, Jakob, and Heinrich Institoris. Malleus Maleficarum. Speyer: Peter Drach, 1491. Print.

What common misconception about gender does this excerpt demonstrate?

A

Women lacked the same access to education, but were believed to be more intellectually able than men.

B

Women were more apt to believe what they were told.

C

The devil did not prefer women to men.

D

Men were trying to keep women out of the church.

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