Essay: Aphrodite Was No Lady

Everybody who is somebody has got to take a hit now and then. When you are famous, people start rehashing your sex life, and, first thing you know, your reputation goes down the tube and your nomination with it. Happens all the time. Gary Hart. John Tower. Aphrodite.

Yes, fabled Golden Aphrodite! Also known as Kallipygos (Beautiful Buttocks). Borne full-blown from the sea (aphros means foam; -dite rhymes with nightie). Worshiped for centuries by amorous couples coupling clamorously. She was Homer's Goddess of Pure and Heavenly Love, but we forget that Homer was blind. So, alas, are we. Turns out that...

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