Medusa’s story tells how the powerful female, whimsical and destructive and incomprehensible and unpurged from matriarchal origin, having her own gaze, was subjected as a repulsive image of castration and embodiment of the lack. The impossibility of explaining and understanding her led Poseidon to rape her and Perseus to murder her. Elimination of the powerful female and the possibility of her subjectivity is justified as the hero constructs her differentiated and unclaimable nature as horrific and monstrous in order to destroy her.
from Medusa and the Female Gaze by Susan Bowers (via terrestrial)
I’ve always been frustrated with how Medusa is portrayed as ‘evil’ in every fictional portrayal of her that I’ve seen
I mean she doesn’t go around turning people to stone for fun. She’s a rape victim who Athena cursed to turn people to stone for the terrible crime of…being assaulted in her temple
I kind of want to see a film where Medusa kills Perseus and proceeds to go on an amazing revenge spree against the Greek gods with the other Gorgons and basically fucks up ALL of their stuff
In my head it’s basically Greek myth meets Kill Bill