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Why you should be afraid of women: the legend of Aristotle and Phyllis 8/30/2015 •

Why you should be afraid of women: the legend of Aristotle and Phyllis

Aristotle once called a woman a wild and mindless human being. Unfortunately, the Fate decided to have the revenge on the great philosopher for having been such a sexist. The story of Aristotle's humiliation cannot be considered as the genuine truth, but still it could be a lesson for those who think of women as harmless and appeasable creatures.


Despite Aristotle's contempt for females, he understood the magic of their power over the stronger half of humanity. He knew that most women abuse this power to make men softer and weaker. That's why Aristotle tried hard to convince his pupils that women might be the cruelest enemies ever.

As the story goes, Phyllis was a mistress of Alexander the Great who was one of Aristotle's disciples. Aristotle was against their love affair and often told Alexander that this passion was dangerous. It happened that Phyllis was so offended at Aristotle's behavior that she made up her mind to charm the philosopher.

So, Aristotle became a victim of the adventuress who wasn't going to forgive the offense. Aristotle was blind with love and ready to do everything for his mistress. To prove his feelings, he even had to pretend a horse and to carry the woman on his back. Just imagine the wisest man of ancient Greece doing this!

Alexander witnessed the sad illustration of his teacher's warnings and became strongly convinced that women are sly and treacherous by nature.

According to other versions, Aristotle didn't actually fall in love with the courtesan - he just intended to teach Alexander a lesson.

The legend got extremely popular with medieval artists who alluded to the story in their various creations.

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28 Comments
danny powell
Looks like I am smarter than Aristotle!
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Aug 30, 2015 8:49PM
David Daniels
The underlying assumption that men are stronger than women is flawed, and bases on ancient gender thinking. Physically yes men generally are stronger than men, although trust me I would not want to fight with Brenda or Rhonda (?) Rousey even if I was a strong as I was at 20 or 30 rather than 70 (lol) but strength involves so many other factors besides merely physical strength. If women were not strong men would not exist. Lets keep that in mind, plus female brains might be different,but they are definitely as smart or smarter than the other part of the human genome. I am smarter than Aristotle also because one thing I have learned in life, don't try to understand or figure women out. Leave that alone, it never works. Just love and enjoy them no matter what they do, they are God's or the universe's gift depending on your religiosity.
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Aug 30, 2015 9:04PM
James Vetzel
James Vetzel
It's amazing what we men will do for sex. Humiliation is only the first step. Ever heard of the term "P***y Whipped"? That's just for starters.
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Aug 31, 2015 12:14AM
Vasily Tchaikovsky
Vasily Tchaikovsky
David is right -"leave the understanding alone,just love ,if you can ,and definitely enjoy...if you can.. They are God's gift,and genetically smarter men at big picture
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Aug 31, 2015 12:17AM
Shante Outlaw-Williams
Shante Outlaw-Williams
You men on here who made these comments are crazy women are not vicious and sly if you love someone you just do things for each other it is so sad that these days men look at women as an object when we are just like you just in a different form women can be hurt and men can be hurt so there is no such thing as being whipped because it goes both ways in some relationships it's just the weaker & the wiser.
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Aug 31, 2015 4:08AM
Vj E Smith
Once again people misunderstand the context of what an ancient philosopher was actually , in a round about way, saying. Women represent the carnal desires of men and carnal desires blunt the intelligence of all people, including women. Aristotle's comment might have been somewhat "sexist" as far as intelligence, we can't really know that because it could have been nothing more than social posturing , but he was referring more to the distraction of all types of physical hindrances to obtaining a better or higher level of existence based on Greek philosophy and acquiring wisdom. As the story goes it obviously also shows that women's power over men can have them acting in questionable ways, which was the point. Socrates had a wife and three kids and his view, so could be assumed, was the same. Sexual desires hinder the elevation of what wisdom supposedly represents, and they actually meant in all people, though I'm sure they did have a social belief that men tended to be more wise than women, which is sexist, maybe? Lol
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Aug 31, 2015 6:37AM
Mary Jane Fleck-Vanderstow
Mary Jane Fleck-Vanderstow
Women are as strong as men but in different ways, so those that say otherwise are comparing apples and oranges! Never underestimate a strong woman!!!
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Aug 31, 2015 4:02PM
Cisco Callaghan
Cisco Callaghan
There is no equal to the wrath of a woman scorned....
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Aug 31, 2015 6:58PM
Donald David
Donald David
It is all speculations, and personal points of views. Men are neither equal nor superior than women, and that vice versa. Both genders are just complementary. As a matter of fact, interest and context matter in the complex gender equation. They govern all form of sexual and intellectual relationship imaginable between men and women solely for the systemic survival of the species, as oppose to the thought "survival of the fittest".
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Sep 1, 2015 9:47AM
Teresa Watford
Teresa Watford
Very well said Donald David, I agree with you 100%
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Sep 2, 2015 11:54AM

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