medusa and arachne

Screw Writing “Strong” Women

Write interesting women.

Write well-rounded women. 

Write complicated women.

 Write a woman who kicks ass

Write a woman who cowers in a corner.

Write a woman who’s desperate for a husband. 

 Write a woman who doesn’t need a man.  

Write women who cry,

women who rant,

women who are shy,

women who don’t take no shit, 

women who need validation

and women who don’t care what anybody thinks.


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Medusa, after being wooed by Poseidon and falling for him, she forgot her vows and married him. For this offence, she was punished by the goddess in a most terrible manner. Each wavy lock of the beautiful hair that had charmed her husband was changed into a venomous snake; her once gentle, love-inspiring eyes turned into blood-shot, furious orbs, which excited fear and disgust in the mind of the onlooker; whilst her former roseate hue and milk-white skin assumed a loathsome greenish tinge. Seeing herself transformed into such a repulsive creature, Medusa fled her home, never to return. Wandering about, abhorred, dreaded, and shunned by the rest of the world, she turned into a character worthy of her outer appearance. In her despair, she fled to Africa, where, while wandering restlessly from place to place, young snakes dropped from her hair; that is how, according to the ancient Greeks, Africa became a hotbed of venomous reptiles. With the curse of Athena upon her, she turned into stone whomever she gazed upon.

No spinner or weaver was more talented or gifted than Arachne. Arachne.She would tell visitors that the Goddess herself could not produce work any better. When news of Arachne’s bold claim reached Athena she was very angry, but she decided to give the young woman a chance to redeem herself. So one day she disguised herself as an old peasant woman and went to visit Arachne. She boasted that she welcomed a contest with Athena, and, if she lost, would suffer whatever punishment the goddess decided. At this Athena revealed her true form. After being challenged to a contest, Athena had woven a stunning cloth showing the gods and goddesses together on Mount Olympus doing good deeds for people. Arachne, however, had woven a cloth that made fun of the gods and goddesses. It showed them getting drunk and behaving very badly. Nevertheless, so exquisite was the mortal’s work that the characters in the scene were lifelike. When Athena saw it she was even angrier than she had been before. She was forced to admit that Arachne’s work was flawless but the disrespectful choice of subject made her finally lose her temper. Realizing her folly Arachne was crushed with shame. Terrified and in turmoil she ran into a nearby wood and hanged herself from a tree. Athena had not expected Arachne to take her own life and took pity on her. Sprinkling Arachne with the juices of the aconite plant, Athena loosened the rope, which became a cobweb; then she said gently, “Spin if you wish to spin”. At this Arachne slowly came back to life but not in human form, for as Athena spoke her words Arachne’s nose and ears disappeared, her arms and legs became long and slender and new legs grew beside them, then her whole body shrank until she was just a tiny little spider.