The Maiden

Goddess will follow three characters in the past and present day timelines of the play. These characters are related to the Triple Goddess which is made up of The Maiden, The Mother and The Crone.

Here you will find all the information we are gathering about The Maiden. We’ll be sharing some of the research and character development work of The Maiden as an ancient celtic goddess and as a modern Scottish woman. Do you know anything about The Maiden?

Photography by Kerstin Grunling

6 thoughts on “The Maiden

  1. Young women face many challenges today. The first wave of feminists pointed out many inequalities and predjudices women face, including over-emphasis on beauty, looks and image in the expectations of women. Today the ‘traditional’ problems of unequal pay, domestic violence, rape (an how it is perceived by society), the role of a mother, the difficulty socially for women to succeed within male dominated industries (the list goes on) exist alongside a wide range of new challenges. Women born in the new generation will grow up, surrounded by a confusing and overwhelming array of sexual imagery. Pornography and ‘candid’ reality TV has become normalised, which can be argued to influence children’s view on their gender, their body and what they have to offer in life. Young girls not only want to be pretty, but alarmingly are aware and often allowed to understand the idea of aspiring to be ‘sexy’ from a young age. I believe even the most educated (and in this way privileged) young women today will have to work harder than even ten years ago, thanks to the ‘Jordan’ effect or ‘female chauvinist pigs’. Young women must choose at a young age whether to accept or ignore the constant objectification of the female form, the popularity of graphic and degrading pornography and somehow find self-worth, confidence in their intellectual, social and political value as a female. In turn their male counterparts, despite any parental good intentions, are likely to be influenced by the influx of easily accessible pornography. If increasing numbers of young men watch pornography before any real relationship experience, they may expect females to look and behave like these false and degrading cartoons of femininity, and this could continue this cycle of inequality and unhappiness.

      • I’ve been thinking about this question a lot over the past week and how to answer it, but to be honest it is something that is constantly in my thoughts. I completely agree with Sophie, there are so many new oppressions that women have to deal with, that can in many ways be related to the media and porn industries. In addition to this, one of the things that I find most difficult is not only the sense of apathy that many women feel towards these issues, but the huge stigma that is attached to feminism. Most of the women are pro equal rights for women, but would not necessarily identify as feminists, and I have many times heard the phrase ‘I am not a feminist’. So, in terms of what we can do to tackle these new challenges, for me the place to begin is through working with other women to explore where these problems stem from, and what we ourselves can do to support each other.

      • Thanks for the comment Hana. It seems like things are starting to shift. More women are starting to gain interest in feminism and real interesting conversations are starting to happen again. I was delighted to discover two feminist articles in Grazia magazine this week! TWO! How do we help people ‘come out’ as feminists?

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