Medusa - New Moon Club March 2022
It's easy to see why she was so angry. Raped by the God Poseidon in the temple of Athene where she served as the high priestess. The goddess Athena punishes Medusa for the violence in the temple, by cursing her with snakes for hair and stone-making gaze. OR Athena protects Medusa from further harm by transforming her famed beauty to horror and prevents anyone coming close to hurt her again. ( as much as I prefer this 'women supporting women' reading, it doesn't quite play out when we know that Athena later provides Perseus with the shield he needs to murder Medusa.)
My initial response to reading about this was “URGH BET THIS WAS WRITTEN BY A MAN , of COURSE - let's just take this traumatised victim of male violence and make HER the problem- TYPICAL”
But sitting with it for a while, I can see it's a useful illustration. I guess something can be more than one thing eh?
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