Gabbler Recommends: ‘Taking Flight, The Throne, Or The Spellbook: The Ways We Process Anxiety Over Women In Power’

“I think women are held to the impossible standard of having to be perfect, not being allowed to make mistakes,” Miller said of her giving more voice to the inner life of Circe. “The ancient Greek heroes made horrendous mistakes all the time — Odysseus and Achilles are full of flaws, as much as they’re full of virtues and strengths. So I wanted Circe to make mistakes, and be flawed, and to not have the answers. Women should be allowed to be just as messy and complicated as the male heroes have been by right for centuries.”

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See also:

ON ANGELS AND GENDER FROM ‘WOMEN WHO FLY: GODDESSES, WITCHES, MYSTICS, AND OTHER AIRBORNE FEMALES’ BY SERENITY YOUNG

EMILY WILSON: “STYLISTIC POMPOSITY IS ENTIRELY UN-HOMERIC.”

EMILY WILSON’S TRANSLATION OF APHRODITE’S AFFAIR & HEPHAESTUS’S SNARE – THE ODYSSEY, BOOK 4, LINES 265-367:

 

We’ve quoted this before, but…

“It is significant that in Homer the smith of the gods is lame, and the poet among men is blind. That may be how the thing began. The defectives, who are no use as hunters or warriors, may be set aside to provide both necessaries and recreation for those who are.”

– C.S. Lewis, “Good Work and Good Works.”