Hail Hera, Mother of Monsters! Monstrosity as Emblem of Sexual Sovereignty

  title={Hail Hera, Mother of Monsters! Monstrosity as Emblem of Sexual Sovereignty},
  author={Jessica Elbert Decker},
  journal={Women's Studies},
  pages={743 - 757}
Misogyny and the oppression of women are not only manifest in visible symptoms like income disparity and the prevalence of rape; these outcomes are kept alive through the symbolic manipulation of human beings within patriarchy. There are multiple ways of confronting this situation. While there are concrete strategies for political action in addressing unjust policies and violence against women, these visible manifestations of patriarchy are symptoms of a symbolic structure that encodes… 
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