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Eve's Role in Women's History & The Damnation of Her Sex
According to the story of creation in the Christian Bible, Eve was the first woman created by God, and Adam was her husband.
As the Biblical story goes, Eve was created from a rib of Adam's cage, and her husband gave her the name "Woman," because she came from man.
Adam and Eve lived together in the Garden of Eden, and during that time Adam walked with God.
During one of their proverbial walks, God warned Adam to steer clear of the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.
Eventually, Eve was approached by a serpent (representing the devil) and he coaxed her into tasting the fruit.
Shortly thereafter, she presented her husband with a piece of Forbidden Fruit, and he, overcome by her powers of temptation, gave in and ate the fruit.
God forever punished the serpant (snakes) by damning him to crawl upon his belly, he punished Eve (women) with the pain of childbirth and dominance by man, and he punished Adam (men) with a lifetime of toil.
Eve is significant to women's history because she is considered to be the mother of humanity by Christians all over the wold. Christianity is the second largest religion in the world; therefore, many people believe in the stories of the Bible.
Whether you believe in the stories of the Bible or not, Eve's story is significant to women's history because it forever established harmful and prevailing concepts about women.
Eve's Legacy In The Biblical Sense
The serpent targeted Eve because it suspected that she was mentally weaker than Adam, so he easily conned her into tasting the fruit - and his suspicion proved correct.
Adam gave in to Eve because her power of temptation was stronger to him than the advice of God (Wow). It is never suggested that Adam gave in to Eve because he simply was not very bright to begin with.
In the biblical sense, her story establishes that it was a woman who unleashed the burden of sin on all of humankind. Thus, all of womankind bears the blame for Eve's mistake.
In a Real World Sense
In a real world sense, there are three prevailing notions about women which have been damaging to the entire female sex:
- Woman is Inferior to Man
- Woman is Mentally Weaker than Man
- Woman is a Relentless Temptress
- Woman is Inherently Evil
Some, who are considered by the general public to be fanatics, still firmly believe in these concepts in the literal sense. We tend to think of these fanatics as being crazy, kooky people with a less than firm grip on reality.
Billions of everyday people place some belief in these notions, historically and still today.