Episode Notes

Blessed Are the Parents Who Made You

At the pool of Salmacis, the son of Aphrodite and Hermes met a nymph who simply wouldn’t take “No” for an answer.

In this episode, we dive into the myth of Hermaphroditus and do our best not to go too deep. It’s a challenge, to be sure. More than any other myth in Ovid’s Metamorphoses, the story of what happened at the pool of Salmacis is fraught with themes that most people aren’t used to exploring too closely.

The story is a palimpsest, a pentimento — symbols overlaid upon each other, intertwined . . . fused together, waiting to be decoded.

Salmacis - Find Your Gods

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Here are the organizations we’re supporting this week:

  • InterACT is an organization committed to raising intersex visibility, empowering young intersex advocates and promoting laws and policies that protect intersex youth.
  • RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the country’s largest anti sexual-assault organization.