Yes, I’m pressed about an ancient deity
A woman came at me on Instagram because I dared say that I think Medusa is better when she’s portrayed as ugly, she got very upset because Medusa “was a beautiful maiden”. I know there are women here far more versed in her mythology than me but I’m just going to have a little moment where I’m mad about the “beautiful” interpretations of her
Medusa was a gorgon, she’s supposed to have a head of snakes and she’s supposed to be monsterously ugly after the
curse blessing Athena gave after Medusa was raped in her temple. It didn’t matter how beautiful she was a man still thought he could help himself to her and hurt her.
She was beautiful and what a fat load of good that did for her. We praise beauty so highly yet it did nothing for her, it didn’t earn her any respect. It causes us so much pain when we think we’re unattractive, unsexy or not beautiful because of the emphasis people place on beauty, yet she was beautiful and she was still hurt and still disrespected
Everytime I see her portrayed as some hot sexy young snake lady I get pissed off, it screams “man tries to conqour woman” to me. It’s a direct violation of the assult she went through over and over again, how can you make her more palatable to men who want to fuck her?
She should be ugly. U G L Y. Ugly. Not cute, not sexy, not hot. Ugly.
There’s so much power in her ugliness. The first time I heard the story it was told to me that she was made hideous so that no man would ever want her, no consideration for the fact that maybe SHE DOESNT WANT HIM! Why the hell would Medusa want a damn man after all they did to her?
I love the gorgon depictions of her, her eyes wide, the almost manic expression on her face, the big tusks and all her teeth bared, her tongue out, snakes surrounding her. She looks as though she’s laughing, like she’s beside herself with joy, like she knows she’s got the upper hand and no one is ever going to touch her ever again. I’d be delirious with joy if I could turn a man to stone with a single glance.
I think her head of snakes is super important, so many people are terrified of snakes, in parts of the world a snakebite can kill you, they’re venomous and mysterious. There’s so much fascination around snakes, snake charmers, snake venom etc. They strike so much fear and she wears multiple of them on her head. No crown, no tiara, no veil to hide herself in shame from the world, no she’s got a head of snakes and she’s gonna make a man look her dead in the eye before she turns him to stone.
I love the way I heard her described as ‘a woman’s rage personified’. I love that her image was used as a symbol of protection, that womens rape and domestic violence shelters have in the past used her image. She is, in my opinion, one of the strongest images of sheer feminine energy because of her refusal to perform femininity and be an object of lust for men. She’s not empowered because she’s a cute hot sexy snake lady in a thong and a boss babe, it’s because she’s out right, unapologetically, ugly and she doesn’t give a rats ass about it. She has no shackles that bind her, nothing that holds her back, no worries about if she’s cute enough or if anyone could hurt her because a single glance from her essentially renders you to dust.
She’s so damn ugly yet women adore her. I have never met anyone who didn’t on some level find Medusa enchanting. She has such a raw feminine power that strikes straight into the hearts of women. The only way she can be palatable to men is to sexualise her, to make her the helpless young sexy girl that they can fantasies about sex with, to violate her. Yet women see her as a symbol of protection, someone they can hide behind and feel safe with, someone who empowers them.
She only became super important to me after I went through DV and SA and I appreciate I’m mad on the internet about a stupid ass nonsense thing, but it’s so rare that women get to be ugly and unapologetic about it
Medusa is ugly and she always should be.