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Many feminist thinkers have rightly criticized the story of original sin (in which Eve ruins paradise in Eden by eating the forbidden fruit) as a patriarchal story that reinforces the idea that women are inferior and secondary to men. The story locates sin, fall from paradise, human suffering, etc., in the actions of women. The story even goes as far as to say that women are “the devil’s gateway.”1 This is an important critique because it shows the ways in which many religions exist as institutions that uphold patriarchy (and more). However, I want to present a different interpretation of original sin. This interpretation views Eve as the hero of the story (though it by no means gives credit to the authors for having consciously created a story with such an interpretation).

In “The Metamorphoses of the Devil,” Henri Lefebvre theorizes god as the protector of what is considered…

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