Women : At The Bottom Of The Grecian Man Pyramid

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Women: At the Bottom of the Grecian Man-Pyramid Listening and reading a great deal of Greek Mythology I often found myself asking what about the ladies? Well, re-reading these myths and looking past the epic heroes, I at first did not see how Greek mythology certainly undermined women and as a society were very misogynistic. Women were forcefully resting at the bottom of their man-pyramid due to the Greeks patriarchal way of thinking. In the Grecian myths women were pushed down the power hierarchy as seen in the creation story of the Greeks, and they were also seen as temptresses that ran heroic men off the path of a righteousness and destroyed their potential to glory as evident to the portrayal of women in examples such as the Sirens and the creation of Pandora. In analyzing Hesiod’s Work and Days, his creation myth, presents how woman are secondary to men throughout his poem. For example, mother Earth was once equal to Heaven, if not more powerful because she was the first thing that emerged from the void known as Chaos (Thury and Devinney 31). As the story progresses, Mother Earth is pushed away from that authority and power due to the fact that she does not punish insolent Heaven herself. Earth asks her children, specifically Kronos one of the great Titans who volunteers, for assistance. Earth is lowered on the man-pyramid and her male son, Kronos rises above. Kronos rips his father’s masculinity and power right from him by cutting off his genitals, the symbol of

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