These days I see everyone enthusiast about Greek Mithology. Don't get me wrong, this is rather flattering because, as far as I can say, in the past there was not so much recognition on social media for classicism, let alone making aesthetics about it.
I get it: it's a very fascinating world, especially for its mythology. But, as someone who's practically studying the subject for almost a decade now, and above all (allow me to say that) is actually living in a country that experienced Ancient Greece's domination at a time where the majestic Rome was a village of farmers (resulting in something sticking to our culture, morality, way of thinking, social life) I feel that people are kinda missing a very important point.
Guys, in a era like our, when feminism (and the majority of women through it) is really stricking a point, no longer having to be labeled as the expression of a deviant behaviour - alienated/nevrotic women, women that didn't live up to their gender's standards and all the other categories those who protested for their rights were put into -, we shall also re-think to the history of our culture to see what was wrong in the first place. What our society (mine, at least) dragged on throughout the centuriers. That is, greek myths. The most significant, sexist epic of the West.

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Iconic female deities?

I know that some female figures from Greek mithology may inspire you for their greatness, independence and general strenght.
Aphrodite is the goddess of love and lovers and many girls are appealing to the idea of her, which is ok. She was married to Ephaistos, the crippled god of Fire and Weapons, but she loved (as many others of course, but in general we can extend this affair troughout her immortal life) Ares, God of War. It was a very sexy and powerful combination indeed.

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Athena is often considered a feminist icon, too. Born from the head of Zeus, who devoured her mother [ - - > not ok] when she was pregnant with her because of a prophecy that destined him to fall by the hands of his latest unborn son (what a coincidence, a female), Athena is the epitome of intelligence. Like Ares she pleaded wars, but only those fought with cunning, not just weapons and brute force. As far as I can tell, she refused to get married and remained a virgin (this was considered by some mythographists like the iconic Robert Graves as a symbol of the inviolability of the city of Athens). But.

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Their freedom may inspire us -surely it wasn't meant to inspire pre-christian Greek women to behave accordingly. Those were aspects of the myths that people accepted without further questioning, like the whole War of Troy and all the deities/heroes/humans mess that it was; women were not supposed to learn from Aphrodite how to flirt with multiple males: they were supposed to apprehend the secrets of beauty in order to charm the husband who was chosen for them, (the Athena- option was out of question) and in general to always look presentable and feminine in the few occasions that required their attendance. (Noble) women were supposed to be pretty mannequins carefully hiding in their men's shadows.
Behaving like a God was not only unthinkable; it was a proper sin, in greek cultural system. Don't forget our beloved Athena turn young Aracne in a spider because she (and others) claimed she was bettere than her at weaving. Aphrodite too had this kind of troubles: remember Helen, anyone?

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Another girl who's often addressed as a symbol of proto-femminism is Persephone/Core, daughter of Demeter, goddess of the Earth. Persephone became, at some point in her life, queen of Hell. Here come the aesthetics.
Girls, she was practically abducted by her uncle Ades. She didn't want to be part of that tremendous world; she remains stuck in it when she makes the mistakes of eating in Hell, in violation of what Zeus has prescribed to Demeter in order to get the girl out of there. The story of Persephone is a violent story of male abuses on a female, weaker, younger (that is implied) subject. Something that was acceptable back in the Greeks' days, but surely isn't now.

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It's no wonder Zeus didn't do much to help his sister, he himself being a big fan of the art of imposing oneself on women. Along the legions of women he practically raped with one loophole or the other, there was one woman he probably hurt the most: his wife and sister Hera.
It's fun that when I read Hera's stories as I child, I thought she was a nasty woman always doing bad things to other girls. Now that I'm older I can still see said bad, not-feminist-all things, but I see also the nuances of this character. She was a wounded, betrayed, made fun of, wife. Zeus was the equivalent of a five years old with toys (and his women were toys indeed) when it came to girls: he simply couldn't stop himself. How we, women of the 21st century, may picture the impact that this thing had on Hera? How would it affect us?
It wasn't an open , equal relationship. They didn't get married unwillingly, they choose to be with each other soon after Zeus destroyed their father, being the God/hero that raised his family and the world from the brutality and Irrationality the Titans represented. He was civilization incarnate. And Hera was his wife and remained the epitome of the faithful (and faithfulness should never be one-sided) spouse and the mother, alongside someone who turned the average Alpha Male we so much despise these days.

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So, this wasn't meant to spoil the fun for anybody. You can still be interested in Greek Mythology as I am. But please, what I'm asking you is just to think twice to what you are reading/loving/making edits about. Some cultures at some points in history, for several reasons, justified abuses and sexism. We do not. Therefore it's true that all the things I've said must be contestualized and taken for what they are, that is to say metaphors - yet the metaphors inside every myth in every religion, no matter if you are a believer or not, are the spies of the true functioning of the society that has elaborated them. And Ancient Greek society was not, for the most part, a society made for women. It was not the kind of society we want our daughters to live in, although it has been. It has influenced our (male and female) way of seeing the world: in Italy honor killing ( when the husband/closest male relative assassinated the cheating wife/sister/daughter) has been statutory until the 70s - like in Ancient Greece. That is why it is important to understand where our culture and believes come from, in order to abandone the problematic ones. It is an operation everyone should do.

Hope I dind't annoy you. See you next time with Minor Deities/Mortal Women and their shameful stories.