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Elizabeth Hand

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I'm sure one reason that so many Greek myths deal with terrifying, powerful women Medea, Electra, the Erinyes, the Bacchae, is that at some point in the misty past, women held a power that was terrifying terrifying not because they were women whom men felt threatened by, but because they wielded that power in terrifying rituals that almost certainly involved human sacrifice.
This would not be a popular platform on which to base a feminist agenda.

 
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