Myth Understood

Myth Understood

Sirens Are Actually Bird-Bodied Messengers of Death, Not Sexy Mermaids

Over time, artists transformed these morbid songstresses from horrific bird women into seductive femme-fatales.
Christobel Hastings
2.11.19
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The Queen of Sheba Was One of the Earliest Iconic Women Politicians

A gracious queen, eloquent politician, and expert theologian, the Queen of Sheba is an ancient representative of women's leadership.
Christobel Hastings
11.28.18
Myth Understood

How Female Vampires Sucked the Patriarchy Out of Pop Culture

From 19th century Irish literature to "Buffy," the vampiress has been redefining "acceptable womanhood" for centuries.
Christobel Hastings
10.31.18
Myth Understood

The True Story of Tituba, the Slave at the Center of the Salem Witch Trials

Rather than deny accusations of witchcraft, the enslaved woman spun a rich tale of sorcery that ultimately saved her life.
Christobel Hastings
10.15.18
Myth Understood

How Onna-Bugeisha, Feudal Japan's Women Samurai, Were Erased From History

While most Japanese women were subject to rigid social expectations of domesticity, onna-bugeisha women warriors who were known to be to be every bit as strong, capable, and courageous as their male counterparts
Christobel Hastings
9.24.18
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God Has Been a Woman Since the Beginning of Time

"God is a Woman," the single on Ariana Grande's new album, is a reminder that archeologists believe God was considered female for the first 200,000 years of human life on earth.
Christobel Hastings
8.17.18
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The Kickass Legacy of Chun-Li, the First Playable Woman in 'Street Fighter'

In an early video game industry designed, developed, and dominated by men, Chun-Li defied expectations for female characters entirely.
Christobel Hastings
5.29.18
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How Nefertiti, Ancient Egypt's Revolutionary Queen, Became a Global Icon

Now known for her beauty, in ancient times, Nefertiti kickstarted religious reform, presided over a cultural revolution, and may well have ruled Egypt in her own right.
Christobel Hastings
4.30.18
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The Timeless Myth of Medusa, a Rape Victim Turned Into a Monster

Since Ancient Greece, the snake-haired Gorgon has been a sexualized symbol of women's rage.
Christobel Hastings
4.9.18