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Halperin, David M., John J. Winkler, and Froma I. Zeitlin. “Putting Her in Her Place: Woman, Dirt, and Desire.” In Before Sexuality: The Construction of Erotic Experience in the AncientGreek World. edited by Anne Carson. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, (1999): 135-170.

This chapter presents the notion of women being dirt. In the context of this chapter dirt refers to a boundary being crossed that wasn’t supposed to be which ultimately causes danger. It discusses how woman need to be controlled because they are psychological entities, unstable compounds of deceit and desire, prone to leakage.