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A woman’s job was to cook, clean, and care for the children. For centuries, women have had the stereotype of being kind, gentle and benevolent Yet, in Greek Mythology, the creators of these myths have made women look the complete opposite of their stereotype. Despite typical conventions, the portrayal of women in the myths are seen as weak, wicked, and manipulative. Whether victims or villains, Greek mythology both subordinates women and uses them to facilitate the pain and agony of mankind.
To begin, women in mythology share a characteristic of being ignorant and weak in comparison to their male counterparts. In the story Perseus, the female characters in the story are his mother, the nymphs, the gray sisters, and Medusa which all share a level of powerlessness. For example, Perseus’s mother, Danae, has her fate decided by her father and she is sent away with no remorse. The nymphs are always being watched by their father which implies that they are weak as they cannot watch over themselves. The gray sisters are old and only have one eye, they are defenseless when Perseus takes their only eye. Medusa was cursed for literally being powerless since she could not escape Polydectes from raping her. Due to their impairments, these women are viewed as weak. In addition the women from Genesis and Pandora (Eve and Pandora) are victims of their curiosity as they lack the ability of being strong-willed enough to resist eating the fruit and opening the box. Both stories blame women for the negativity in human kind like curiosity and sickness. The women in these stories are all displayed as feeble and helpless which translates to readers viewing women as too ignorant and weak to fend for themselves.
In addition, these women are shown as “psychologically dangerous” and are also portrayed as seductive, cunning, and manipulative. In the story Perseus, the Nymphs of the West are seductresses with the sole purpose of tricking men and leading them off a cliff. The Nymphs coerce the men through manipulation rather than physically throwing them off the cliff. In the book of Genesis, Adam and Eve were told they were not allowed to eat fruit, Eve disobeyed and manipulated Adam into eating the fruit. Once again, these women are portrayed with the sinful trait of manipulation in the myth tales.
Lastly, these women are portrayed as heinous. They are perceived as scheming and deceitful. For example, in the tale Pandora, because Prometheus steals fire from Olympus, Zeus created the first woman—Pandora. She was specifically created to inflict punishment on mankind. Pandora was provided with a locked box and was told to never open it, Pandora opened the box and ugly creatures came out. These ugly creatures were death, famine, disease, war and many other afflictions. The blame was solely put upon Pandora which made her image look evil. Similarly, in the Book of Genesis, God created Adam and Eve who were given a set of instructions on not to eat the forbidden fruit. Once Eve ate the forbidden fruit, their innocence died and life became a struggle of pain and affliction for mankind. The tale of Pandora and the book of Genesis strive to vilify women and it is evident that Greek Mythology wants to make women look vile and immoral.
In conclusion, the creators of Greek Mythology had a negative perception towards women and wanted others to know that women are the reason for the punishment of man. Today, in media women are constantly portrayed as powerless and wicked while men are portrayed as the “good guy” or hero. Both Greek Mythology and the media misrepresent women. Young girls can consume these images and believe they are only capable of being weak or evil. The authors made these tales to maintain the idea that men are superior to women. When women attempt to control the power structure, they are manipulative and evil. So, according to these myths, only men can be in power because they know how to used their power for “good.”

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