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I almost made this my screen name... I "discovered" her in my "Intro. to Phil." class in college.... I became fascinated... (*erm* jus' a lil' bit)

more info. about Hypatia:

*If a man reaches the age of thirty-six without having gotten married, does that automatically make him a homosexual? To make such an unfair assumption would likely raise the hackles of a man who, despite his wishes, has been unable to find a suitable woman, and who, as a result, now finds his very masculinity brought into question. Wouldn't it also be unfair to make such an assumption in the case of a woman? Hypatia has been adopted by feminists the world over as their patron saint simply because she was, in a real sense, the world's first "liberated" woman........ Hypatia was the first woman in history to venture into exclusively male realms (namely, mathematics, astronomy, science, philosophy, and invention) and to achieve independence thereby. Before Hypatia, the only women that were highly educated and were regarded as the equals of men in Hellenistic society were the hetæræ, or high-class prostitutes. Hypatia somehow pulled off the unprecedented feat of winning the adoration and high esteem of men without having to sell "” or rent out "” her body to do so. Still, Hypatia was nothing like a modern feminist. She was not a masculine, arrogant, man-hating female supremacist eunuch. In ancient Hellenistic society, men and women alike were more free and easy and natural with their sexuality. Sappho's love poems to her female friends seem alien to sexually-repressed moderns, for they defy being placed into any modern categories of sexual preference. Her sublime expressions of spiritual love that recognize no Christian shame, and hence no sexual taboos, no boundaries, no limits, have made her the archetype of female homosexuality. In fact, lesbianism was named after her, or, more properly, after the island she lived on "” Lesbos. Yet, like Hypatia, Sappho was no dike. Neither of them strove to become mannish in manner or appearance. Both were distinctly feminine "” in fact, both reveled in their feminine power. Sappho eventually married, and loved her daughter, Cleïs, with poetic tenderness. Although Hypatia never married, nevertheless she was ever the enchantress surrounded by men, and was even accused, by some of her Christian detractors, of "bewitching" men. To me, this doesn't sound like a lesbian "” at least not what we think of as a lesbian today "” for today the whole idea behind lesbianism seems to be for a woman not to need men anymore, not for anything, not even for sex "” or perhaps, especially not for sex. In other words, the object of lesbianism today is not to have to bewitch men anymore. The heterosexual woman wants something from a man, and uses the power of her femininity to get it, while the homosexual woman wants only to be left alone by men, and she accomplishes this by rejecting her feminine attractive power, seeking instead independence, and masculine power, becoming mannish in order to repel men. As Gloria Steinem put it, "Some of us have become the men we wanted to marry." But Hypatia did not fit the profile of the modern lesbian/feminist. By all accounts, Hypatia was very feminine, an enchantress who was adored by men, and who enjoyed the company of men. This makes it seem quite unlikely that she was a lesbian "” at least not as we understand the term today.

and I lurve this assessment.....

it seems clear that history's greatest woman would have to be: 1) A woman for whom we have historical evidence that she actually existed, and it is reasonably certain that she was not merely a legend; 2) A woman who wasn't ruthless or heartless, and wasn't responsible for increasing the amount of suffering or death in the world; 3) A woman who had a pleasant, benevolent, loving personality, without a trace of arrogance, greed, or selfishness "” in short, a woman that anyone would love to meet, and indeed, once having met her, one would not want to part from; 4) A woman that is wise. Mind you, intelligence is a wonderful quality, but history's greatest woman would have to more than merely intelligent. She would need to be wise "” someone that anyone would want to learn from, some whose influence would make one a better, happier person, someone who knows how to make the world a better place; 5) A woman who didn't merely live for herself, but lived for others "” a woman who contributed to the ascent of man, who made the world a better place for all. And if this woman also dedicated herself to preserving the intellectual legacy of mankind, and ultimately was martyred for her cause, so much the better. Better yet if she happened to be stunningly beautiful "” yet was always modest "” and wasn't already taken by someone in marriage. Guess what? There is only one woman recorded by history who meets all these criteria, and her name was Hypatia.

Have you read Ms. Lumkins book regarding proof of her Ethiopian origin??? I have not... I might have to go ahead and order it....

oooohhh... yep... that's what I'll do...