In Leda and The Swan, males are shown as being dominant, powerful, and in a way all-knowing; where as females are related to naivety and weakness.
Zeus, a Greek God, attracts the daughter of the Aetolian king Thestius and the wife of king Tyndareus of Sparta, Leda; by abusing his powers to transform him into a swan who fell into her for protection from an eagle before raping her. Zeus is known to be a powerful yet careful and in a way ‘gentle’ Immortal, however he is shown in this poem to be quite the opposite; like the way of the swan having two sides.
Leda, however; has been shown in myths as a strong female, but when overpowered by Zeus, again this is the opposite; she shown her strength at first for ‘protecting’ him though failing to help herself when attacked,
“How can those terrified fingers push the feathered glory from her loosening thighs?”
This quote implies that she is weakening, and beginning to give up.
The swan to Leda is portrayed as ring superior in strength as she is caught
“In a sudden blow…her name in his bill”
This projects a male as a fully-dominating character and the female yields the circumstances.