telegony


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telegony

(tɪˈlɛɡənɪ)
n
(Genetics) genetics the supposed influence of a previous sire on offspring borne by a female to other sires
[C19: from tele- + -gony. Compare Greek tēlegonos 'born far from one's homeland']
telegonic, teˈlegonous adj

telegony

the supposed transmission of hereditary characteristics from one sire to offspring subsequently born to other sires by the same female. — telegonic, adj.
See also: Heredity
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As Ritvo 1997 shows, belief in telegony was persistent through the end of the nineteenth century (no).
Telegony was first applied to the Greek gods who were thought to be able to work their wiles with human women and later affect future children produced by these women even when their next husbands were mere mortals.
Weininger's comments on what biology has to say on gender identity are pertinent, and his views on homosexuality even progressive, while his inversion of Freud's model for hysteria and his attempt to back up the abandoned scientific theory of telegony by reference to literary texts as evidence are informed, as Sengoopta plausibly argues, by his intention to prove Woman as worthless.