A Feminist Perspective 2 Picture

A dialogue between the gods Artemis and Apollon, page two of three.

In case you don't know, Artemis chose to remain a virgin forever and she preferred to hang out with other girls who had made the same decision. But paradoxically, she was also a goddess of childbirth and protectress of infants. She generally didn't like men.

Ancient Greece was a quite misogynous place, though it of course varied over time and between different parts of Greece. In Athens during the classical period, the ideal for a respectable woman was to live a secluded life in which the only men she saw were her husband and her relatives. A group of women who lived pretty free lives, that Artemis doesn't mention, were the courtesans.
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