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question of the weekend: Why are there no male muses?

Inspired by some of the chatter in this thread

Why are there no male muses?

I’m talking classically, when muses were always considered to be female — and goddesses, to boot! — but also today as well, when the notion of women inspiring men to make art seems “normal,” but the converse — men inspiring women to make art — is just about unheard of. Why is that? Is it “merely” because it has traditionally been men who make all the art in the first place? If the traditional nine Greek muses were all goddesses, what would a male muse be like?

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