|Caravaggio's Medusa. 1595|
|Versace reportedly picked the image of Medusa for its logo, |
because "she is the epitome of fatal attraction."
Thanks to my googling skills, I've learned that Medusa has earned a special place in the hearts of some feminist scholars, who believe her story (and face) to be an apt symbol for female rage. In these accounts, it is Medusa's anger, not her ugliness, that becomes the focus. Her rage is seen as righteous and powerful, as something women should use "as a map to guide us through our terrors, through the depths of our anger into the sources of our power as women," (as published in the 1978 issue of Women: A Journal of Liberation, which also featured an image of Medusa on its cover).
After all this, I'm left wondering:
*Was Medusa a monster or a victim?
*So many classic tales are rooted in violence between a jealous women and a beautiful one. (Snow White, Cinderella, The "I'll get you my pretty!!!" Wizard of Oz, and many more, I'm sure) What does this teach young girls about what it means to be a woman?
*Finally, in our modern culture, what is treated as the greatest evil: ugliness, vanity, or rage?
What do YOU think??
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