The First Sinners
Pandora’s Box: Week #3, The Negative Aspect
The fabric is torn. When women are seen as the lesser of the sexes, instead of as different but equal, society is weakened and suffers discrimination. When it is taught that men are more logical, inventive, mathematical, and scientific and the stronger and brighter of the species, society is negating half of its people. In the story of Pandora’s Box or Eve and the Garden of Eden, the woman is cast in the role of the gullible, devious, nonsensical, illogical, stupid, disrespectful and naïve instigator.
The difference between Instigator and Initiator is intent. An instigator is someone who starts trouble, or something destructive, while the person who is the initiator is someone who causes something important to begin. In both stories the woman is an initiator.
In Timothy 1. 2:11-15 Paul gives as his rationale for directing that a woman should learn in quietness and full submission and she is not permitted to teach or assume authority over a man, she must be quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not the one deceived, it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner. He gives the women the major part of the blame. I think he was a misogynist.
In my collage, we see Pandora being lectured by the heavenly angel. The Angel is telling Eve/Pandora that all women are marked of her sins, hereditary sin is the punishment. This darkness is symbolized by the Crow. Because Eve tempted Adam to eat the fruit from the tree of knowledge and Pandora opened the box lid and let all the evils into the world, the two women are branded First Sinners. Now humankind is born into sin. The Angel says, “It’s all your fault.” I hope Pandora isn’t buying into this bogus crap.
I think all of this is nonsense. These are stories to keep women subordinate to men. It is an attempt to blame women for all the evils of the world. In the case of Zeus, he is the one that put all the evils into the box in the first place. Who gives a beautiful box as a wedding present with a caveat? Here is the key but “what ever you do, do not open the lid.” wink, wink! Zeus was the instigator. He knew Pandora would open the box, Zeus made sure Pandora had the quality of curiosity.
In the case of Eve and the Tree of Knowledge, God puts the forbidden tree right in the middle of the garden. Then he has the tree produce tasty eatable fruit. Everyday Adam and Eve see the Tree of Knowledge and are tempted. The Snake, probably a woman, seduces Eve into taking the apple. God could have put the tree in an out-of-the-way corner, or the tree could have bared bitter berries, or cones or hard nuts. But God was the tempter, the instigator. The woman was set-up. The Gods use women to get back at men. These stories suggest that the Gods need to get in touch with their feminine side and stop tricking women into doing their dirty work. Ever notice that these stories always make the woman beautiful, picturesque and hard-working? And if Paul has his way, all women would be compliant and quiet. “Good Luck with that!”