Mythology and Feminism: The Connection Between Myth and Feminist Thought
How were concepts and ideas conveyed before the Internet, the printing press, or even written language? Through oral storytelling, which is how ancient myths were first shared before being written down. Mythology is an art form that was used in the ancient era to explain everything from the seasons to the origin of the universe to life and death. This includes ideas related to gender that we now study in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. This presentation discusses how myths from Greek, Roman, and other ancient mythologies from around the world represent women, gender, and sexuality and socialize audiences into the norms these express of that period. Each myth examined will be discussed in depth, with special emphasis on how it incorporates one or more beliefs about women, gender and sexuality. The talk concludes by drawing attention to how these beliefs relate to modern feminist views.
- Marisa Gorski, Behavioral Sciences, History and Philosophy, Purdue University Northwest