Wow, thank you so much for your response jaden violet. I hope your comment gets more recommends so that it’ll be more towards the top — your points about rape culture are such an important supplement to this discussion. Read this, people^^
I’m glad you said what you said about how the analogies reduce women to objects. This was originally the fourth “main point” (actually I think it was the first!) and then I chickened out because I was worried that I would get a lot of comments saying “but analogies are supposed to simplify things!!!” and it could distract from the other points — but I actually agree with you 100%. Because it does more that just simplify, it de-humanizes an experience.
I’m also so glad that you included your note on the rape of the Sabine women. As a student of Classics (Latin, Greek, and Sanskrit, but I’ve been doing Latin for the longest) I can tell you it’s not just Pietro da Cortona. The artistic and literary tradition surrounding the rape of the Sabine women is LITERALLY THE WORST. There’s this weird romanticization of how the event (which probably didn’t really happen that way but w/e) was the foundation of all of Western civilization (ewe) and I’m like…. *cries forever ugh* how can we ever undo this?
I think because of internet discourse, a lot of people think that rape culture is somehow “new.” But it’s been around for longer than Rome itself ~
xo thanks again :)