Medusa, the mythical monster of Greco-Roman mythology with hair of snakes commonly known to turn men to stone with just a glare, has a very interesting back story. She was once a beautiful maiden – a virgin priestess in the temple of Athena, Goddess of Wisdom. Overcome by lust, Poseidon, God of the Seas, raped Medusa in Athena’s temple. Upon sight of this, Athena punished Medusa by turning in her into the fearsome Gorgon.
4,000 years later in modern society, we often still see victims baring the blame for their perpetrators crimes. There are lessons to be learned from this story. The lust of a man and the judgement of another woman has left a beautiful young woman broken, bitter, and ostracized by no choice of her own. However, I also see that while Athena’s wisdom failed her, she has made Medusa stronger for having been broken. As a Gorgon, she is feared and powerful. While she may bear the burden of loosing her beauty and social status, until her death she will not suffer abuse at the hands of man nor woman again.