"You are outraged if a goddess sleeps openly with a man"

The corpse of Orion, painting by Daniel Seiter
Public DomainThe corpse of Orion, painting by Daniel Seiter - Credit: Wikimedia Commons
Calypso’s complaint about double-standards amongst the gods is an observation that holds a lot of truth. In mythology, male gods often react with anger, scorn or distaste when the female goddesses take mortal lovers, and will sabotage the relationship if possible. In the two examples given here, Dawn’s lover Orion and Demeter’s lover Iasion both ended up dead.