Vincenzo_gemito,_medusa,_1911_02 Photo Credit: sailko @ CC BY-SA 3.0 The author of the article, McKenzie Schwark (McKenzie Schwark) pointed out that Medusa's name is derived from the ancient Greek verb - which means "protect and guard", she believes that perhaps Athena's "curse" was not for the purpose of Punishing Medusa, but rather the gods and men who intended to harm her, was based on acts of kindness and protection. Regardless of the power and status of men, Medusa is free from the male gaze.
And after Medusa was killed by Perseus, Athena Photo Manipulation Services put Medusa's head on the shield to protect herself. According to this feminist version of mythological narrative, Athena may be more of a self-blaming mother trying to protect her daughter than a loveless patriarchal/rapist cultural accomplice—she blames herself for her relationship with Poseidon. The struggle, unintentionally dragged down Medusa, her priestess, and couldn't even protect Medusa in her own temple. Based on this powerful sense of guilt, and Athena was unable to directly curse Poseidon, who was also a god, she had no choice but to cast a "curse" on Medusa that was ostensibly a "punishment". To empower the blessing of her beloved and distressed priestess, to give Medusa the ability to protect herself, and to hope that Medusa will never be harmed by men again.
Probably my personal projection, Athena always reminds me of my own mother. Years ago, I attempted suicide after being sexually assaulted. At that time, my mother scolded me in the emergency room for "doing as much as I can", so I ran away to work as a prostitute just to get revenge on my mother. Only later did I know by fate that my mother was also a victim of sexual assault. Her seemingly "blaming the victim" vicious words were more out of her powerlessness but trying to protect me, as well as her own self-blame back then. psychology.