Evolution of Eve
Stephen and Susanne wanted to dissect the creationist story for alternate narratives that may be hidden or encoded within it’s familiar patriarchal framework with the aim of opening a conversation between those who believe the creationist story to be fact and those who might dismiss it as an archaic fairy tale.
“In the beginning”, woman and man were created from the earth as equals with nothing but their naked skin to define them. Adam soon demands submission from his first wife, Lilith. When Lilith refuses, she chooses banishment from Eden and eventually becomes demonized. Adam becomes lonely and is gifted by God with a new more submissive Eve, (created from Adam’s rib instead of from the earth). Eve is ultimately tempted by Satan to take the apple and taste the forbidden secrets from the Tree of Knowledge. Only then do Adam and Eve become aware and ashamed of their nakedness and differences and are exiled forever from the perfect world of Eden.
Eve and Lilith, represent some of the fears men may have of equality with women. From the beginning of creationist story, men quickly learn women are inherently insubordinate, dangerous, and tempters. The creation story reinforces the need and justification for domination of men over women.
Is it possible to imagine that the original story of Adam and Eve has been constructed to divide us rather than remind us that we are all connected children of the Earth and that beneath our clothes, identity and class we are all of the same skin?