Towards a Critical Theory of Patriarchy: Origins of Women’s Oppression – Part 2

Towards a Critical Theory of Patriarchy: Origins of Women’s Oppression – Part 2

Means, Motive and Opportunity

Not the true parent is the woman’s womb
That bears the child; she doth but nurse the seed
New-sown: the male is parent;

And proof hereof before you will I set. 

Birth may from fathers, without mothers, be:
See at your side a witness of the same,
Athena, daughter of Olympian Zeus,
Never within the darkness of the womb

– The Oresteia by Aeschylus, 408 BC

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