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In college, I managed to get my math major self into a 300 level English class on this specific classic. It was a special favor given me by one of the professors teaching the class because I love books and she liked the way I think.
There were three professors of this upper-level course – one woman and two men… with 12 female students and maybe one male student.
I knew the story of Medea, and had formed my views and opinions of the tale in a vacuum of my own moral upbringing and found whatever Jason had done, murdering her children was unacceptable and vile.
It was a shock to discover I was the only student in the class that shared the male professors’ views on the story.
I ended up dropping the class because I had a lot going on and I think one of my major-specific professors wanted me to pick up something else, but my several weeks in that class were eye-opening on how depraved the feminist mindset was in the early ’00s.
What reminded me of this? Well, a mobile game with historical biographies of commanders recently added interactions with those commanders for rewards. And I clicked on Cleopatra to be regaled with how Medea was justified because men had oppressed them and she had been poorly treated. I was catapulted back 18 years to that classroom listening to young women justify infanticide with far more boldness and ferocity than any decent human being could possibly approve of. I was kind of surprised to see that view so innocently presented in a mainstream game instead of solidly ensconced in the depths of academic obscurity. Surely, if any “normie” knew that feminists justify the killing of their children as reasonable punishment for a man cheating on her, they’d run as far away from feminism as their poor feet could go?
And yet, feminists don’t even require that much to justify murdering their children. To them, children are a byproduct of an oppressive, patriarchal universe. They do not see them as desired blessings that bring beauty to a mother’s heart. Rather, they are tools to be used to suit one’s purpose or to dispose of if they wish.
I hardly think Euripides was providing an anthem to the oppressed women of his day. Far more likely, he was engaging in his own misogyny in portraying a woman capable of such villainy. For them to take it up as a defense more than vindicates him.Published in