Misogyny in Ovid's "Art of Love"
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The paper discusses how Ovid's "Art of Love" is certainly misogynistic in the first two books; in Book III, however, Ovid turns to giving advice to women, and clearly signals that his earlier tone was satirical. The paper provides several examples of this shift in Ovid's mentality towards women and also points out the disparaging comments about men that fully balance any issue of sexism in the work as a whole. The paper concludes that though his tone is irreverent and even condescending, Book III makes it clear that the "Art of Love" is not nearly as misogynistic as it has often been interpreted.
From the Paper:"The text's surface is certainly misogynistic in the first two books within the Art of Love. Whether Ovid meant this misogyny in earnest or as a satirical comment on the unfairness of gender divisions and perceptions is certainly debatable, but the language itself implies certain attitudes towards women that are not burdened with any sense of respect. These first two books deal with the seduction of women, and it makes some sense (though can still reasonably seen as in poor taste, if not worse) that women would be dealt with in a somewhat derogatory manner as objects rather than subjective individuals. In Book III, however, Ovid turns to giving advice to women, and clearly signals that his earlier tone was satirical."
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