Medusa was a beautiful maiden and a priest of Athena, and henceforth devoted her life to celibacy. However she was raped by Poseidon inside Athena’s temple, which enraged the Goddess. As revenge she transformed the wonderful young woman into a horrendous monster, whose most famous attributes were her snakes’ hairs and eyes that turned to stone people who looked at it. Medusa thus became the first and most famous victim of Rape Culture in Western Civilization. She has since been rendered as a terrible monster in all visual arts, to be dreaded by people.
Anne revisits the myth of Medusa to denunciate rape culture and victim blaming, which are both fuel and consequence of the lack of gender equality. Anne’s Medusa is empowered in her dreaded, imposed monster role. She laughs in the face of her executioners and at a society which once celebrated her beauty, then blamed her for possessing it.
She knows her own strengths and powers.