Women as Sources : Now and Yesterday

Reading Medea and Hippolytus I was struck by the opinions expressed by Jason and Hippolytus, that if “yea, men should have begotten children by some other source” (Medea, Jason). That if only man could find some other way to produce children, women would not be needed at all.

This perspective is prevalent in Sara Boboltz’s article, examining the familial structural and philosophical shift throughout the ages. What was interesting to me, is that even in this modern age, the argument of marriage for “responsible procreation”. Marriage for the sake of reproduction is still a prevalent mindset in today’s culture. According to the Boboltz’s article, ancient Greek women weren’t desired for sexuality, but only for their reproduction capabilities. For sexual pleasure, men sought outside the home.


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