You wrote a book about the poet Sappho, which in the 7th century BC.BC lived. What were the sexual customs at that time of ancient Greece?
It is certain that the Greeks were bisexual in most cases, but this "norm" was much more accepted for the male gender than for the female.were heterosexual. Päerastie had an initiation function that should prepare adolescents for adult life and thus for their role as a citizen. On the other hand, romantic relationships in women in thiasis, this type of school, had no educational value.Could take the form of ritual marriages, but the women remained limited to their houses and had a much more recessed life that was controlled by their fathers than by their husbands and, if not succeeded, older brothers.
Are women watching?
Men were, so to speak, “keepers” of the chastity of women. They are afraid of an apparently limitless ability to intercourse. In men, ejaculation ends coitus. In women, the sexual act seems to be not ending. is therefore terrifying. The Greeks fear that the woman is only a wild animal that would like to give in to her nymphomaniac appetite without the compulsion of marriage. her destructive sexual appetite. Boy virgins pose a danger: their sexual appetite threatened the purity of Athenian blood. Connected with this supposed "wildness" of young women, the idea was that young girls in particular got out of control during puberty It is generally assumed that it is physiological. Soon a woman gets her period that menstrual blood could not flow easily if the opening of her vagina had not been opened by sex with a man. Life threw on the bottom of fountain to drown there. What does the medical literature of this time implies, it is advisable for a woman who is suffering from this kind of problems to marry because women who have women who have sex with men Have enjoyed a marriage. The man was therefore the answer to all the problems of the woman, whatever they were. In the Athenian family, the girl spent her short childhood with the absolute certainty that she would marry as soon as she reaches puberty.
How were girls prepared for marriage?
In order to prepare for marriage, all young Athenians had to visit a religious festival in Braorum, 38 kilometers from Athens. The girls, about ten years old, entered the sanctuary and hugged their favorite toys. To marry older men. I am convinced that this holiday symbolizes this idea that female sexuality has to be tamed. It is a way to commemorate the transition from childhood to adulthood with a rite. And the birth of citizens. It was therefore a way to formalize this transition. After Plato, the uterus is an animal that does not know calm because it is naturally dry and painful. The Greek medicine was convinced that women were desperate longed for male fruits, only marriage and pregnancy were able to breastfeed their thirst for uncomfortable breastfeeding. What during the Braorum cult It happened that the girls lose every degree, play the stupid and indulge in all formings before they are tamed and brought up by the marriage. The groom's actual wedding ceremony grabbed his young bride with a gesture that reminded of a kidnapping rather than a seduction. According to tradition, the young girl expresses his grief that she sees himself in this way, and after The wedding day was one of the saddest in the life of a woman.
From today's perspective, the fate of the Greek is not very encouraging. We can understand that this wedding day is sad.
When the young bride entered the threshold of her new home, it was excluded from the company, and their only function will be to produce males in the purest Athenian variety. For the sons of Athenian citizens, on the other hand, there was no restriction.that women are there for business and boys for the pleasure, which means that women are done for children and housework, boys for fun. The Athenians are expecting no love, friendship or permanent sexual enjoyment.Society of other men are fulfilled.
Women are mere genitals.
Marriage has only one goal: reproduction. If the man is looking for love, complicity and sexual pleasure, he has to turn to the same age. The philosopher Plato discusses his dialogue with the title Das Bankett the nature of love and sex. He considers the love between men and women to be a purely physical love that is subordinate to a higher love, which in turn only exist between two men If men turned to other men, then because the marriage was nothing other than a connection that was arranged and dictated by interest. Women Stimulation and a minimum of erotic experience. It essentially insisted that as many male citizens as possible a Uf to pull.
Have women never left their home?
Once a year, wives and mothers were allowed to leave their houses to take part in a religious holiday. It was an event reserved for women who celebrated the fertility of the earth, a kind of Thanksgiving. In the hope of promoting their own fertility. If we are told that the role of women in classic antiquity always played a marginal role, on the other hand there is an area in which they were really able to express themselves that the religion.The Demeter -Iligtum in Corinth, which was only reserved for women, consisted of several small dining rooms that resembled the male banquet halls, with benches on the walls that made it possible for them to lie down. In contrast to men but while sitting. This layers show that the women behaved like men for at least a few days. I think that's a hinw Ice on the sexuality of women. I think they stretched like the eraser to take on their role. Asked by what we know about Athenian manners, it is likely that they told each other dirty jokes and that they are not bored Should the opportunity to meet, chat, to exchange ideas with other women should be experienced as a blessed interlude that broke with male restrictions and domestic isolation, but this festival also has an important religious meaning. have used to regain control over your own body.
So all women were subject to male dominance?
There was another category of athenical women, women who could offer men love, the joys of sex and entertainment: these were the prostitutes. In ancient Greece, prostitution was legal. In Athens, they were considered in Athens as in other cities outside the city walls. This place was called Kerameikos. His name comes from the ceramic factories that were plentiful in this area. The quarter of the potter and prostitutes. Ssol you leave the city, you will find a brothel. This area was full of prostitutes, men and women who stood around in cowsters or so sparsely clothed that you could see through and most of the customers. Prostitutes were slaves or were taken in the war, but some came from families Mittello this citizen. The prostitutes had their rank and price to satisfy all budgets. were hired to make music or to talk to men, and above the appointed mistresses of important personalities who could be very rich and very powerful. This prostitute higher category, the equivalent of the Kurtisane, was called Hetaira. Leading his life at will and influencing his clients, his rank allowed him to show behaviors that were strictly forbidden to the wives of his clients.
Are the hetar the opposite of the wives?
Good wives were modest and silent, hetares were able to jokes, flirt and chat with customers, not as submissive concubine, but as a woman who owned both wealth and rank.For female intimacy to fill heterosexuals. With them you can flirt and talk. We can even devote you a real dedication. The true heterosexual amorous passion begins to be born with prostitutes.granted who enjoy the beetles.
Aurore Guillemette and Aurélien Clause are the authors of Sapphô, published by Belladone Editions.