#Otherworldly Words: Siren


The Siren, by John William Waterhouse (c. 1900).

All this month, I’m looking at less-than-flattering words for women.

Next is that dread of all the seas, the siren.

A siren is:

  • Classical Mythology. one of several sea nymphs, part woman and part bird, who lure mariners to destruction by their seductive singing.
  • a seductively beautiful or charming woman, especially one who beguiles men:
    a siren of the silver screen.

Of all the words I’m looking at this month, this one is the kindest to women.

Think about that for a moment. A word that allows women to exist only in relationship to how they make men feel…is the kindest.


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