Abstract / Synopsis
In this short article, I claim that Teiresias, the blind prophet of Apollo, in order to answer the question of whether “in sexual intercourse the woman had a larger share of pleasure than the man did”, measured the abstract concept of sexual pleasure and acted as a present-day scholar. With the help of numerical, not geometrical, proportions, he ended up with the conclusion “a man enjoyed one-tenth of the pleasure and a woman nine-tenths”.
Spyros Missiakoulis, "Teiresias, Proportions, and Sexual Pleasure," Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, Volume 12 Issue 1 (January 2022), pages 118-129. DOI: 10.5642/jhummath.202201.08. Available at: https://scholarship.claremont.edu/jhm/vol12/iss1/8
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