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- This story came out of my nerd-shit love for all things mythology. What happened to Medusa never sat right with me - she killed for being too beautiful. we can find an element of 'blamed for her beauty' in her very ability: those who look at her, turn to stone. but she didn't always have this gift/curse; Athena turned her into a gorgon after she was raped by Poseidon. so, what the fuck? girl did nothing wrong - she just existed and was done 100% wrong in return. so I wanted to write a story about resentment and revenge, of paranoia, rage, and injustice transferred through generations of ''monsters''. the basilisk, which slithered forth out of Medusa's blood, was the perfect medium for this. her existence is owed to a gruesome act, but there is no reason in the world why she'd try and reconcile with that. fuck perseus.
- this story is also the result of, you may have an inkling, my devoted feminist politics. HOWEVER, those same politics also remind me that me, a cis man (thankfully not straight), doing a story about patriarchical trauma and women's agency, isn't exceptionally feminist or radical in the greater scheme of things. I know this! this isn't about me getting 'ally points' or w/e - this is an allegorical, political story that was written by someone who simply does not have access to that lived experience, and I think that's something to criticise me for. this simply is not my story to tell. art can have cathartic and controversial components that make readers some kind of way regardless of author, because that's how art, text, and feeling operate. if you liked this story, that's great and thank you so much! but I'm fully aware of the compromised, and more noteworthily, privileged position from which I got to tell it. at the end of the day, I don't have to defend the rage demonstrated in the story, because it isn't mine. I wholeheartedly empathise, sympathise, and support women killing men, but I get a get-out-of-jail-free card.
- I'm not bemoaning or licking my wounds, nor am I trying to claim men can't write about women, white authors can't write about people of colour, or along other identarian lines; it's simply something authors from a higher hierarchical position (in terms of power and status) have to be aware of when approaching the issue of diversity and representation. telling a story means that you are speaking for someone else, so you better make sure wtf you know you're talking about. it also means you -- meaning me -- have to put in the work to make sure women and femmes actually get their stories told, read, and almost most importantly, financially supported.
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