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Let’s Talk about Myths, Baby! heißt der Podcast von Liv Albert. Darin erzählt sie Geschichten der griechischen Mythologie nach, gibt ihnen einen feministischen, super lustigen Dreh und lässt am Ende kein gutes Haar am Männerbild der Antike.  Für unsere Jubiläums-Ausgabe zum Thema „Glauben“ hat sie sieben „Mini-Myths“ geschrieben. Die erste könnt ihr hier lesen.

Pandora & the Origin of Misogyny

First, the gods create men with the help of Epimetheus and Prometheus, Titan brothers. For a while there are only men. But Zeus loves to watch human drama, and there just isn’t enough with only one gender. So Zeus has the god Hephaestus sculpt a piece of clay with all the faculties the men have, but this one will be female—and beautiful like a goddess.

The goddesses teach her grace, allure, and womanly skills. But they also make her a conniving bitch (the Greeks thought very highly of women). Zeus gives her life and he names her Pandora which means “All-gift”. Her gift is to ruin the lives of the men on earth, who up until this point, had never experienced emotions or real issues. They lived without crime, work, or sickness … No human problems.

Prometheus has his own problems and Epimetheus is alone with the gods, so Zeus offers him Pandora as his wife. He eagerly accepts, and he and Pandora go to live with the humans.

Before they leave, Pandora is given a jar but told not to open it. The jar is full of all the bad things that befall humans. It’s full of all emotions: good, bad, and useless. Pandora also has a new human trait, something intended to be just for her gender: curiosity. In her curiosity, Pandora opens the jar. When she opens the jar, everything within escapes and floods the world… All except Hope, which stays trapped in the jar. Everything bad in the world is attributed to this moment, when a curious woman opens a jar.

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