One of the questions asked in class when we discussed Aspasia was something along the lines of, “if all we know of Aspasia is told through men, does that make it not worth anything/tinted?” One of the other students in our class said that no, it didn’t, because that would make it all worthless. I completely agree with her. While I can see where that idea might come from, that’s completely doubting that any man who preserved Aspasia’s work ever cared for it. I do understand that women were basically sub-human back in those days, the sole fact that we do know her work exists means that someone cared about it and kept it preserved. Though I do agree with invitational rhetoric and its idea that traditional rhetoric is very patriarchal and power-centric, I don’t think writing in a patriarchal way necessarily “taints” work. If the reader goes into the work understanding and keeping in mind the fact that the work may be written in that way, the “taint” can be removed and the more simple, unbiased core of the work can be revealed.
That is, of course, unless you are looking at a “men’s rights” piece of work.