History Main / DoubleStandardRapeDivineOnMortal

2nd Feb '16 3:42:18 PM alkistisioanna
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* Europa was ravished by Zeus in the form of a beautiful white bull before [[AbductionIsLove being whisked away to Crete]]. Ouch. Some sources say he just used the bull form to seduce her and carry her to Crete (don't ask how a bull can cross the sea from mainland Greece to Crete), and then turned into a more human form to do the deed; to modern audiences, of course, this just makes it creepier. They had three sons--whether as triplets or in succession is unclear--named Minos, Rhadamanthys, and Serpedon, who were adopted by the King of Crete; Rhadamanthys became king but was kicked out by or fled from Minos, who founded the Cretan royal line.
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* Europa was ravished by Zeus in the form of a beautiful white bull before [[AbductionIsLove being whisked away to Crete]]. Ouch. Some sources say he just used the bull form to seduce her and carry her to Crete (don't ask how a bull can cross the sea from mainland Greece Phoenicia to Crete), and then turned into a more human form to do the deed; to modern audiences, of course, this just makes it creepier. They had three sons--whether as triplets or in succession is unclear--named Minos, Rhadamanthys, and Serpedon, who were adopted by the King of Crete; Rhadamanthys became king but was kicked out by or fled from Minos, who founded the Cretan royal line.
2nd Feb '16 1:52:08 PM margdean56
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** Poseidon raped Caenis who swore to remains a virgin. As a reparation, he made her invulnerable and allowed her to make a wish. She begged him to turn her into a man so she will never suffer such humiliation again. She then changed her name to Caeneus
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** Poseidon raped Caenis who swore had sworn to remains remain a virgin. As a reparation, he made her invulnerable and allowed her to make a wish. She begged him to turn her into a man so she will would never suffer such humiliation again. She then changed her name to CaeneusCaeneus.

* Because of her insatiable lust, Eos kidnapped many handsome young men as her lovers. At least one object of her affection was married, when she snatched him away and was rather vocal about his desire to be returned to his wife.
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* Because of her insatiable lust, Eos kidnapped many handsome young men as her lovers. At least one object of her affection was married, married when she snatched him away away, and was rather vocal about his desire to be returned to his wife.

* Calypso keeps Odysseus as her lover for seven years, despite his clear desire to return to his wife to Ithaca. Ultimately subverted, when Zeus intervenes and forces Calypso to release her captive.
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* Calypso keeps Odysseus as her lover for seven years, despite his clear desire to return to his wife to in Ithaca. Ultimately subverted, when Zeus intervenes and forces Calypso to release her captive.
2nd Feb '16 1:33:19 PM margdean56
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* The ultimate fate of Medea, Jason's one-time lover, is not agreed upon, one version saying she was the only woman who successfully ''did'' say "No" to him and escape. Hera would reward her for this by making her immortal.
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* The ultimate fate of Medea, Jason's one-time lover, is not agreed upon, one version saying she was the only woman who successfully ''did'' say "No" to him Zeus and escape. Hera would reward her for this by making her immortal.

** Note, however, that Zeus's rapes of Persephone were played for drama and horror, the children resulting from them being disturbing and tragic, if not outright monstrous, rather than heroic, subtly deriding Zeus's incest. However, when Zeus did the same thing to other mortal women - some of whom were even his daughters and granddaughters - the trysts produce beautiful heroes. So the DoubleStandard was still in effect, but Persephone, as a goddess, was on a higher level than mortal women and was thus supposed to be above such treatment (and, indeed, Zeus often defended most of his immortal lovers and wives from rape by any other male but himself).
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** Note, however, that Zeus's rapes of Persephone were played for drama and horror, the children resulting from them being disturbing and tragic, if not outright monstrous, rather than heroic, subtly deriding Zeus's incest. However, when Zeus did the same thing to other mortal women - -- some of whom were even his daughters and granddaughters - -- the trysts produce beautiful heroes. So the DoubleStandard was still in effect, but Persephone, as a goddess, was on a higher level than mortal women and was thus supposed to be above such treatment (and, indeed, Zeus often defended most of his immortal lovers and wives from rape by any other male but himself).
2nd Feb '16 1:30:51 PM margdean56
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* Antiope was raped while she slept by Zeus in the form of a satyr. As she had been carried away shortly thereafter by the hero-king Epopeus of Syceon, she gave birth to two sons: Amphion, son of Zeus, and Zeuthos, son of Epopeus, who went on to found Thebes. * Semele, mother of Dionysus, was said to have been fed a potion by Zeus that impregnated her with a divine child. Shortly after the impregnation Semele was [[ItMakesSenseInContext incinerated]], Zeus took the Dionysus, sewed him into his thigh[[note]]Or possibly his scrotum. "Thigh" was a common euphemism for "ballsack" in the Eastern Mediterranean; Literature/TheBible uses it, too.[[/note]] and delivered him on term.
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* Antiope was raped while she slept slept, by Zeus in the form of a satyr. As she had been was carried away shortly thereafter by the hero-king Epopeus of Syceon, she gave birth to two sons: Amphion, son of Zeus, and Zeuthos, son of Epopeus, who went on to found Thebes. * Semele, mother of Dionysus, was said to have been fed a potion by Zeus that impregnated her with a divine child. Shortly after the impregnation Semele was [[ItMakesSenseInContext incinerated]], incinerated]]. Zeus took the Dionysus, sewed him into his thigh[[note]]Or possibly his scrotum. "Thigh" was a common euphemism for "ballsack" in the Eastern Mediterranean; Literature/TheBible uses it, too.[[/note]] and delivered him on term.
20th Jan '16 1:23:39 AM MuchAdoAboutNonny
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* Zeus's relationship with Persephone in some obscure myths is in interesting case, not least because she was the only one of Zeus's immortal daughters to have been on the receiving end of such actions. This is probably because most of Zeus's other immortal daughters were either Hera's daughters as well, and thus harder to get at without Hera knowing, or proficient enough fighters that they could have held him off, like Athena and Artemis. Persephone is impregnated at least two times by her father, at least once when she was still a young Kore on Olympus (because Zagreus was killed in the war against the Titans) and at least once after she had married Hades, using the BedTrick on her (and conceiving Melinoe, minor goddess of madness and night terrors, in the process). And Persephone was the one who was punished for Zeus's philandering, forced to watch Zagreus torn apart the once and smacked around by either Zeus or Hades (the pronouns make that bit unclear) the other time. Note, however, that Zeus's rapes of Persephone were played for drama and horror, the children resulting from them being disturbing and tragic, if not outright monstrous, rather than heroic, subtly deriding Zeus's incest. However, when Zeus did the same thing to other mortal women - some of whom were even his daughters and granddaughters - the trysts produce beautiful heroes. So the DoubleStandard was still in effect, but Persephone, as a goddess, was on a higher level than mortal women and was thus supposed to be above such treatment (and, indeed, Zeus often defended most of his immortal lovers and wives from rape by any other male but himself).
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* Zeus's relationship with Persephone in some obscure myths is in interesting case, not least because she was the only one of Zeus's immortal daughters to have been on the receiving end of such actions. This is probably because most of Zeus's other immortal daughters were either Hera's daughters as well, and thus harder to get at without Hera knowing, or proficient enough fighters that they could have held him off, like Athena and Artemis. Persephone is was impregnated at least two times by her father, at least once when she was still a young Kore on Olympus (because Zagreus was killed in the war against the Titans) and at least once after she had married Hades, using the BedTrick on her (and conceiving Melinoe, minor goddess of madness and night terrors, in the process). And Persephone was the one who was punished for Zeus's philandering, forced to watch Zagreus torn apart the once and smacked around by either Zeus or Hades (the pronouns make that bit unclear) the other time. time. ** Note, however, that Zeus's rapes of Persephone were played for drama and horror, the children resulting from them being disturbing and tragic, if not outright monstrous, rather than heroic, subtly deriding Zeus's incest. However, when Zeus did the same thing to other mortal women - some of whom were even his daughters and granddaughters - the trysts produce beautiful heroes. So the DoubleStandard was still in effect, but Persephone, as a goddess, was on a higher level than mortal women and was thus supposed to be above such treatment (and, indeed, Zeus often defended most of his immortal lovers and wives from rape by any other male but himself).
20th Jan '16 1:22:05 AM MuchAdoAboutNonny
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** A few more obscure stories actually make this one worse, in that the potion Zeus used to knock up Semele was made from the heart of his long-dead son, Zagreus. Zagreus, in turn, was conceived when Zeus seduced his own daughter Persephone by taking the form of a snake or a dragon or a [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs dragon-snake thing]], depending on the story. [[{{Squick}} Yeah...]]
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** A few more obscure stories actually make this one worse, in that the potion Zeus used to knock up Semele was made from the heart of his long-dead son, son Zagreus. Zagreus, in turn, was conceived when Zeus seduced his own daughter Persephone by taking the form of a snake or a dragon or a [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs dragon-snake thing]], depending on the story. [[{{Squick}} Yeah...]]

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\n\n* Zeus's relationship with Persephone in some obscure myths is in interesting case, not least because she was the only one of Zeus's immortal daughters to have been on the receiving end of such actions. This is probably because most of Zeus's other immortal daughters were either Hera's daughters as well, and thus harder to get at without Hera knowing, or proficient enough fighters that they could have held him off, like Athena and Artemis. Persephone is impregnated at least two times by her father, at least once when she was still a young Kore on Olympus (because Zagreus was killed in the war against the Titans) and at least once after she had married Hades, using the BedTrick on her (and conceiving Melinoe, minor goddess of madness and night terrors, in the process). And Persephone was the one who was punished for Zeus's philandering, forced to watch Zagreus torn apart the once and smacked around by either Zeus or Hades (the pronouns make that bit unclear) the other time. Note, however, that Zeus's rapes of Persephone were played for drama and horror, the children resulting from them being disturbing and tragic, if not outright monstrous, rather than heroic, subtly deriding Zeus's incest. However, when Zeus did the same thing to other mortal women - some of whom were even his daughters and granddaughters - the trysts produce beautiful heroes. So the DoubleStandard was still in effect, but Persephone, as a goddess, was on a higher level than mortal women and was thus supposed to be above such treatment (and, indeed, Zeus often defended most of his immortal lovers and wives from rape by any other male but himself).
20th Jan '16 12:43:09 AM MuchAdoAboutNonny
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** Zeus also pulled this trick on Persephone, appearing as Hades. When Persephone announced she was pregnant, she was punished severely for it, though pronoun confusion makes it unclear whether it was Zeus or Hades wounding her. Incidentally, the daughter that resulted from this escapade was Melinoe, minor goddess of madness and night terrors, [[SarcasmMode which isn't coincidental in the slightest]].
20th Jan '16 12:40:01 AM MuchAdoAboutNonny
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** Zeus also pulled this trick on Persephone, appearing as Hades. When Persephone announced she was pregnant, she was punished severely for it, though pronoun confusion makes it unclear whether it was Zeus or Hades wounding her. Incidentally, the daughter that resulted from this escapade was Melinoe, minor goddess of madness and night terrors, [[SarcasmMode which isn't coincidental in the slightest]].

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** A few more obscure stories actually make this one worse, in that the potion Zeus used to knock up Semele was made from the heart of his long-dead son, Zagreus. Zagreus, in turn, was conceived when Zeus seduced his own daughter Persephone by taking the form of a snake or a dragon or a [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs dragon-snake thing]], depending on the story. [[{{Squick}} Yeah...]]
13th Jan '16 7:10:36 PM Eagal
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13th Jan '16 7:10:10 PM Eagal
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* In Myth/NorseMythology, Odin raped Rindr so that she would give birth to Vali, who would avenge Baldur's death at the hands of Hoder. He tried to sleep with her the normal way, but she turned him down twice, so he cast a spell on her to drive her crazy, then disguised himself as a healer woman, tied her to the bed and had his way with her.

* This trope didn't skip over Myth/NorseMythology. ** Odin raped Rindr so that she would give birth to Vali, who would avenge Baldur's death at the hands of Hoder. ** Freyr, God of Fertility and Sexuality, got his Giantess wife Gerth by sending over a servant to threaten her loved ones until she consented. Joke's on him, though--during [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Ragnarok]], the sword he gave the servant so he could do his job turned out to be crucial, and without it, he forfeited his life. Schoolar Siguršur Nordal belived it was that very sword which Surtr will do him in with.
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* This trope didn't skip over Myth/NorseMythology. ** Odin raped Rindr so that she would give birth to Vali, who would avenge Baldur's death at the hands of Hoder. ** Myth/NorseMythology doesn't skimp on this version either. Freyr, God of Fertility and Sexuality, got his Giantess wife Gerth by sending over a servant to threaten her loved ones until she consented. Joke's on him, though--during [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Ragnarok]], the sword he gave the servant so he could do his job turned out to be crucial, and without it, he forfeited his life. Schoolar Siguršur Nordal belived believed it was that very sword which Surtr will do him in with.
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