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There are a bunch of stories in ancient mythology involving bad mothers. I’m sure that sexism played a role in these stories being told, but there’s a clear parallel between them and the phrase, “The good lord giveth, and the good lord taketh away.” That is, while men have a role in creating new humans, women do the heavy lifting, so we think of them more as the life givers. These stories represent the life-giver deciding to “taketh away.” Here’s one.
Jason and Medea
Medea felt slighted by her husband, Jason, and exacted her revenge not by killing Jason, but by killing his family (including her own children).
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