Treatment Of Females In The Odyssey And Now

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Throughout the course of history, society had stereotyped women, making it merely impossible for a woman to achieve her goals and desires in life. This had weighed them not as equals, and for this, they were given different standards by which to live. At this day and age, and during the ancient Greek times, women have always been treated as second best by biased men, although today’s society has started to understand this inequality better as time progresses further into the future. Even with society becoming more equal for women, females are still treated similar as to time of the ancient Greeks. Women still don’t have as much power as men, are still “blamed” for wrong doings and thought as untrustworthy, and are still used as “currency” or are taken advantage off.
Across the globe, women are starting to gain more political power and are able to have other jobs and rights, but this was only achieved recently, as women have always been second best. To start with, women were technically considered “slaves” or just above the standards of a slave. The main purpose of a woman was to cook, clean, raise a family, and to have sex or sometimes be raped, to please a mans needs. In Greece, they were seen as an object or property of a man, and were not given full rights, and in America, women were just given “all” rights not even fifty years ago. Plus, for women in power today or those who want to be, it’s still challenging to have the people vote for them, as people think that it’s different from the norm to vote for a female than a male. During the 2008 presidential election, Hillary Clinton ran against Barack Obama for the Democratic Party nomination, and it seemed that the country was more ready for the possibility of a black president, instead of a women. After the war of Troy, Odysseus’ wife Penelope, also the Queen, still believed that he was alive and didn't want to remarry, while the people of Ithaka didn’t want just a women to rule the kingdom. Even though the Queen was royalty, the people still wanted a man to rule over them, not a woman. From this, it showed that no matter what position women may be in, they were still beneath their fellow man for jobs, rights, and for powerful positions of power.
For as long as history has been recorded, women have been seen as the ones to blame for wrongdoings throughout the world and have been seen as untrustworthy. For instance, they had been the “cause” of why there were sins, chaos, pain and other devastations in the world. Pandora, the first woman, opened a box and all of the terrible plagues flew out, and the gods had said that women were to be a burden to men. In the same light, Eve was shown in a similar same way, tempting Adam to eat the apple, as she had given no thought of the consequences, with the message saying that women weren’t the brightest and could lead the men away from doing the right thing. Another way women are blamed, is when a man might have an affair while...

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