Medusa’s Affair

How does one negotiate desire within the hegemonic rules of love and marriage? When the utterance ‘love’ is barred, if one is denied access to a romantic self, how, then, can one inhabit a relationship with another? When ‘the undesirable’ body and polymorphous sexualities do not exist in language, how can one love in the name of this body?

Access to love and sexuality is a constant struggle. Marriage and notions of heterosexuality are so deeply rooted within us that it is impossible to find a language of desire outside it. Phrases such as ‘I love you’, ‘I want to be with you’, ‘Will you be mine’ and so on are so claimed by the heterosexual marriage spaces so that other forms of desire or love escape these expressions.

This narrative tries to encompass such complexities of desires. It is told from the first person point of view of the fictional character Medusa. In mythology, Medusa was raped in the temple of Athena. Enraged, the goddess Athena turned Medusa’s hair into serpents and cursed that whoever looked at her would turn to stone. Not only was Medusa raped, but was also forced into a life long exile. In this work, Medusa is not the woman who repulses the gaze, who is forced to be an asexual being. This is a story of her love affairs.