Athena
Pronunciation
  • enPR: ə-thēʹnə, IPA: /əˈθiːnə/
Proper noun
  1. (Greek god) The goddess of wisdom, especially strategic warfare, the arts, and especially crafts, in particular, weaving; daughter of Zeus and Metis. Her Roman counterpart is Minerva.
  2. A female given name.
Translations Noun

Athena (plural Athenas)

  1. (feminism, derogatory, allusion, figurative) A woman who colludes with the patriarchy rather than actively opposing it.
    • 1989, Jennifer Barker Woolger, Roger J. Woolger, The goddess within
      The last thing feminist Athenas see about corporate structures, government, or academia is that they are run by benevolent and all-protective fathers.
    • 1995, Noretta Koertge (in Skeptical Inquirer, volume 19, number 2, page 42)
      Women who do decide to become scientists find themselves under attack from the self-proclaimed "echt" feminists, who call them "Athenas" and "Queen Bees."



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