Yesterday evening, I received the best email ever. A high school student wrote in because she’s doing an assignment on Greek gods and goddesses in the media, and her goddess is Persephone. She’s going to use a few of our articles to compare how Persephone, the goddess, had her voice taken from her and how Persephone, the magazine, wants to give all women a voice. HOW NEAT IS THAT?
So we’re going to help her out. Commenters, to your keyboards! Let’s brainstorm other instances when Persephone has appeared in pop culture so we can help her get an A+.
When we were starting to put this project together, the very first thing that was decided was the name. We picked Persephone for several reasons.
1. My lifelong BFF has a wee daughter named Persephone who is brilliant, funny and full of fire. She’s going to rule the world by the time she’s ten.
2. Persephone, the goddess, was a woman without a lot of choices and without a voice. In the 6000 or so years since the Persephone myth originated, many women, all over the world, still don’t have choices or a voice. The team of us who started the magazine are fortunate enough to be able to provide a platform for women who want to tell their stories to do so.
3. I’m slightly obsessed with Greek mythology.
I can rattle off a few examples of other places Persephone has appeared in pop culture, and I’m hoping that all of us together can make a great list for our Junior Persephoneer. Let’s get this young woman an A!
Six Seeds: The Persephone Project – We heard word of this play from one of the producers, who will be writing a piece for us next week. Six Seeds is a retelling of the Persephone myth through the eye of modern feminism, and it sounds fantastic. It opens in NYC next week and runs from June 2 – 11. Some of the Persephone editors will be attending opening night, and we’ll be writing more about it next week.
Firefly – In Joss Whedon’s short-lived and much-loved series, Persephone was one of the border planets frequently visited by the Firefly crew.
The Matrix Reloaded/The Matrix Revolutions – Persephone was a character played by Monica Bellucci.
Bones – In the second to last episode of this season, Booth chased down his nemesis on a ship named Persephone.
Wonder Woman – Persephone was one of Wonder Woman’s Amazonian sisters, but she betrayed her people and was killed by Hippolyta.
What examples can you name?