Sexism in Ovid's "The Art of Love"
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This paper describes and explores the constant sexism and misogyny present in Ovid's three books of "The Art of Love." It argues that the third book, directed toward women, does not challenge any of the advice given in the first two books for men, but instead reinforces the sexist language and methods for finding and attaining heterosexual love described earlier in the text.
From the Paper:"Ovid's 'The Art of Love' is a text that gives Greek men and women love advice in three sections. The first two books were written to advise men on finding and capturing their female love; the third book focuses on how women might do the same in their search for men. The first two books describe to men what to look for in a mate, how and where to find a willing lover, and how to treat her in order to keep her responsive to one's desires. Book Three does not teach women these tricks about men, but instead focuses on how women should present themselves and behave in order to find and please male lovers. While in the third book Ovid purports to..."
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