The myth of feminine evil

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In her article on battered women’s personal narratives and the pervasiveness of Adam and Eve’s story and its message of ‘woman as sinner’, Elaine Lawless quotes Mary Daly as saying:

“As long as the myth of feminine evil is allowed to dominate human consciousness and social arrangements, it provides the setting for women’s victimization.” (237)

Are there, then, I wondered, other gendered myths of evil (the masculine myth of evil for example)? What role do these myths play?

How have these myths influenced the development and popularity of urban fantasy?

Ref: Elaine Lawless (2003) ‘Woman as Abject: resisting cultural and religious myths that condone violence.’ Western Folklore. Fall 2003 62(4)Fall; 237-269

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