I read an intriguing piece a few days ago: Frigg has fallen out of favor in the modern era and Freya has taken her place. It’s all related to the duty of a woman and woman’s work.
Through modern eyes, Frigg embodies the dutiful 1950s housewife who cares for her husband and children, makes sure all of the moving parts of the home are in place to allow all of the people of the home to function. While many modern households have partners who share the load of the physical housework, the mental housework- the coordination of all of the physical housework- still typically falls to the wife. The husband helps with the cleaning but the wife makes the schedule. The husband helps with the kids after the wife coordinates all activities.
Freya, on the other hand, through modern eyes, is seen as the independent woman-like no need for a man, caring for herself with no interdependence. She is sexually liberated and does not have to answer to anyone about with whom she takes to her bed.
Yet, neither does Frigg. Frigg has affairs, including those with Odin’s brothers. When Loki attempts to insult her by bringing up her infidelity, it is noted that in this time and space it is quite commonplace for both husbands and wives to take lovers.
Frigg actually embodies what the woman’s movement pushed for- having it all. A loving family, a smoothly run household, and a life independent of the nuclear family.
In today’s monogomous Western society, husbands and wives are less likely to take lovers. Of it does happen, it is even more likely done in secret and against the wishes of the other partner.
In today’s constant on-the-go society, Freya may be enticing for some. She comes and goes as she pleases without regard for the time frame of anyone else unless she is currently in their company. But, from my experience, she is the one missing out.
Frigg has it all, through joyful woman’s work.