2 hours ago
my entry for #itsnotgolden1k
medusa was one of the most beautiful women on olympus and a maiden of athena. she was raped by poseidon in the temple of athena. when athena found out she turned medusa into a monster with snakes as hair and the ability to turn people into stone. men believed it was a punishment. women knew the truth: athena's curse was a blessing. she made sure that medusa would never be a victim again. she gave her the power to defend herself so that no man, no blade and no threat could ever get close to her.
woman shelters have hung the head of medusa above their doors to protect themselves.
medusa represents many things for many people. but for me she represents a weak woman who became powerful. strength.
she wasn't a monster. she was scared.