Myth Mondays: Behind the Scenes with Lilith – In Her Garden by Louisa Bacio
Please welcome Louisa Bacio to Myth Mondays for her post on Lilith: In Her Garden, which is featured in Seducing the Myth. Take it away, Louisa…
The Original Housewife
“Lilith is the wife who flew off in a rage, but whose scent won’t wash off the sheets.” (Burton, 28)
Sure, the Real Housewives of Orange County or New Jersey, or whatever hotspot garners attention may be the rage, but the scandal started with the original housewife, Lilith.
Lilith is a controversial figure: some believe in this supposed first woman before Eve, some have never heard of her and yet others have vilified her into a creature of seduction and evil. References of Lilith are infused throughout our culture, such as the Lilith Faire, an all-day music fest that features female performers, or the character “Lilith,” Frasier’s ex-wife on the television sitcom Frasier.
Once I started looking, Lilith was everywhere, such as poetry like Enid Dame’s “Lilith” and in literature, and she’s depicted in classic marble statues. For someone who doesn’t exist, she sure has been around for a long time.
At the heart of Lilith’s tale is the fact that she refused to be “sexually submissive” to Adam. Because of her willful nature, Lilith was cast out of the Garden of Eden, and replaced with Eve. Lilith has become somewhat of an icon to the feminist movement because she doesn’t submit to Adam.
Rather than Eve, who has the misfortune of being saddled with the downfall of womankind, Lilith takes control of her own future and refuses to bow to Adam.
The short story “Lilith: In Her Garden” takes a glimpse of the relationship between this first woman, and the first man, Adam. Perfectly crafted for an erotic BDSM tale, how does Adam try to subdue Lilith, and ultimately, how does she flip the binds and teach Adam a lesson?
Here’s hoping that the tale makes readers think, and gets them hot. What a combination!
Drop in for a visit:
Burton, Sue D. “Lilith at the Red Sea.” Dame, Enid, Lilly Rivlin, and Henny Wenkart. Which Lilith: Feminist Writers Re-create the World’s First Woman. Northvale: Jason Aronson Inc., 1998, pages 25-34.
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