Classical Feminism

I've always believed that classical feminism was different from modern feminism, in that classical feminists were fighting against genuine violations of women's rights, whereas modern feminism consists primarily of overhyping sexism and trying to secure new legal privileges for women. I stand corrected:

On Mount Cyllene in the Peloponnese, as Tiresias came upon a pair of copulating snakes, he hit the pair a smart blow with his stick. Hera was not pleased, and she punished Tiresias by transforming him into a woman....After seven years as a woman, Tiresias again found mating snakes; depending on the myth, either she made sure to leave the snakes alone this time, or, according to Hyginus, trampled on them. As a result, Tiresias was released from his sentence and permitted to regain his masculinity....

In a separate episode, Tiresias was drawn into an argument between Hera and her husband Zeus, on the theme of who has more pleasure in sex: the man, as Hera claimed; or, as Zeus claimed, the woman, as Tiresias had experienced both. Tiresias replied "Of ten parts a man enjoys one only." Hera instantly struck him blind for his impiety.

Treating as axiomatic the idea that women get the short end of every stick (no pun intended)? Check. Refusal to accept evidence contradicting her preconceived notions? Check. Flying into a blind rage at someone who dares to disagree with her? Check. It turns out that "modern" feminism goes back a lot further than I ever suspected.

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