i was convinced until i remembered that the word rape used to mean violent theft...
and that she seems to have translated a Latin word, and not a Greek one...
and that Google translate is probably not the best tool for comparatively analyzing ancient texts in any case..
Yup. "The Rape of Persephone" refers to her abduction, not a rape in the sense we understand it. You can still see this historical use of rape when referred to, for example, cities being sacked during wartime, but it's very antiquated and most people aren't even aware of the distinction. Besides, the kidnap is also a metaphor. C'mon now, King of the Dead takes the offspring of the Earth Mother by force? Yeah, that's not obviously referring to something else at all
Apparently though, pointing this out is: "literally used the argument that it isnít rape because society at the time didnít believe that women could be fully autonomous people and instead were property of their fathers to be given away when asked nicely. That is fucked up. Youíve also used the argument that someone staying with their abuser and making the best of it negates the abuse."
Well, yeah, it would be, except Persphone doesn't exist
. Also, not all Greek culture was the same. Athens and Macedonia had vastly different views on women, much like, say, Saudi Arabia and Israel today.
Also, I have to disagree with this point made by the critic:
used that to castigate and demean not only the people who actually take their limited time to create gorgeous art but also to denigrate modern day worshippers of Persephone and Hades?
No, modern day worshippers of Hades and Persephone deserve to be castigated and demeaned as fuck. Nothing is more embarrassing than Hellenic Reconstructionists.