women of mythology

In Indian Mythology, a powerful and evil demon was given a boon. And his askance, as he considered women feeble, weak creatures was that only a female could kill him. He believed this would guarantee his immortality. Imagine his surprise then, when the Goddess Kali appeared, a necklace of demon heads like his around her neck, her power far overshadowing his, and he no match for her incredible strength, defeating him in record time. What I am trying to tell you is, they have always underestimated us, no matter what form we take. What I am also saying is, we should channel our inner Goddesses and make them rue the day they made that mistake.
—  Nikita Gill, Ma Kali
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when asked about their love lives, the women of greek mythology responded thus //

this is by far my most popular poem and i realized i never posted anything more than the initial run. it grew into a bit of a beast, so here’s the edited rest of it.

where are the women?
in these old stories of blood and war
women know of these things better than men

Where is Helen?
glorious and golden, Aphrodite in human form
Why does she not get to tell her story of finding and regretting love? 


Where is Penelope?
silent and suffering
why does she not get to rage for the injustice


Where is Rebekah?
the schemer, the dreamer, the believer
why does she not get to be blessed?


It’s a question I’ve been asked since I was eight
Where are the women?


Where are they now?


They are marching, they are fighting, they are screaming
Look around you,


we are storytellers
we are freedom fighters
we are the ones chosen

—  Hear Us Roar by Abby S