Friar Benito Jerónimo Feijóo y Montenegro was a Spanish monk and scholar who led the Age of Enlightenment in Spain. He was an energetic popularizer noted for encouraging scientific and empirical thought in an effort to debunk myths and superstitions. Wikipedia
In an immense imbroglio I place myself. It is not only against
the ignorant commoner with whom I enter contest: to defend
all women comes to be the same as to offend almost all men,
since rare is he that is not interested in building up his sex at
the expense of the other.
Benito Jerónimo Feijoo y Montenegro, Defensa de la mujer