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I find the connection between the Greeks and misogyny very interesting. Before taking the classics in school I had just assumed that men and women were almost equals due to their powerful goddesses such as Athena, but I was soon proven wrong. In the story of Pandora, she was the god’s punishment to men for fire (who before this time were somehow procreating asexually… no questions asked.) She was beautiful, weak and encompassed everything that a woman should be except for the fact that she was curious. She let loose terrors except for hope onto the world by opening a jar that she was specifically told not to and women were forever blamed for the misfortunes that the world. 

Athena, the huntress and goddess of wisdom, wasn’t really a goddess at all or at least she was occasionally but also had male features as well that made her more level headed and less womanlike. Although she was a woman she rarely acted like one or was even kind to them in some stories. This applies to the story of Medusa; Medusa was a mortal woman who was courted by Poseidon. She refused his advances and ran to the temple of Athena for protection but was raped by Poseidon when she go there. Instead of taking pity on Medusa, Athena considered her weak and gave her a head full of snakes and a gaze that would turn any man who looked her in the eyes to stone. So much for women sticking together. 

Same goes for myths that include Hera; Zeus was not what would be concluded as the most faithful husband/brother and often had affairs with other immortals and even mortal women. Instead of getting mad at her unfaithful husband she would often take it out on the women who he was with as it couldn’t possibly be HIS fault… 

 

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