In these classical mythological traditions that have influenced our literature, our social structures, our laws and our politics all across the western world, women voices are almost unheard. Our society has been forged by the convergence of these cultures that esteem mythology as the divine's will revelation and so as the final recourse in the pursuit for authority. Now, I have the feeling, that merging the credence given to mythological messages by religious belief with the intrinsic psycho emotive power of mythological imagery, is a very dangerous game.
One of the basic messages of Medusa's myth is her powerlessness as a woman in neither her rape nor its repercussions. Does Medusa has any agency? No, she has no alternative, but to submit entirely to the hand of God's will, to fate. Medusa is completely quiet in the myth while she's blamed and punished for the sexual violence that has been committed against her. There's no mention of her pain, no discourse on her trauma. Beyond a shadow of a doubt, this reflects the true experience of many women forced to give in to sexual violence today.
So many women outline feelings of self-hatred and blame after being raped. So many don't speak up against their aggressors, because they feel they won't be believed. It is not only in fiction, but also in the context of a supposedly more feminist society, that rape is still the woman's problem. Rape is something she must resolve alone. Thus, it seems to me that it is men who must finally start talking about rape.