People in my class are unable to distinguish between women and sex. Every second page they are blathering about Cleopatra displaying her sexual power, which magically trumps all of Antony’s political power. According to them all of his mistakes are all her fault as a result of sex.
If they applied the same criteria in the Cleopatra/ Antony relationship to the Caesar/ Antony relationship (or the Iago/ Othello relationship) there would be a lot of Shakespearian slash.
Also, a dude in that same class are saying it is intrinsically female to have no physical power. I guess I will just have to use my womanly wiles and poison that dude instead.
ETA: I was shamelessly ripping off quotes and ideas from old essays and the same problems emerged. I was told tales of “feisty heroines” and “forefathers.” At least I know “mankind” is doing well because according to some guy writing in 2005, women are equal now. Woopahoo.