The apple’s shiny red skin and juicy interior make it an apt stand-in for sex, and the seductive way in which Eve is often depicted eating it only reinforces its libidinal connotations.
Fed-up women looking for a new matriarchal origin story have taken in Eve beneath their own gaze. They have embraced the qualities—independence, curiosity, sexuality—that once demonized her.
Header images: Britney Spears performs at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards. Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage; Pantaleon Szyndler, Eve (Temptation), 1889. Courtesy of the National Museum in Warsaw; Masolino da Panicale, Temptation of Adam and Eve, ca. 1425. Courtesy of Cappella Brancacci.