Detail of Frederic Leighton’s 1869 painting, “Elektra at the Tomb of Agamemnon.” Theatre in ancient Greece was made by and for men. Yet, many of the plays we have from then display interestingly almost-feminist qualities—at least when viewed through a modern lens. The example usually […]
Author: Annie Jo Baker
Some male classicists do this thing where they try to be edgy by explaining that Sappho might not have actually liked women. I view this as a prime example of a prototypical privileged man being unable either to fathom a woman not attracted to men or to distinguish the regular violence committed against women (not just occasionally or even necessary physical, but subtly and continually): the denial of their identities, their humanity.