Medusa, Turning Patriarchy to Stone | Bitch Magazine

My illustration for the newly redesigned Bitch Magazine for McKenzie Schwark’s insightful article on how mythology is often seen through the patriarchal lens. Looking at myths from a feminist perspective we can re-examine Medusa’s traumatic past, her relationship with other women (Athena) and see that her transformation was a gift, not a curse.

The narrative of women competing with one another or being jealous of each other is so ingrained in our storytelling it can be hard to look past it and see the potential camaraderie between women in mythology. But when we examine these stories and look at the female relationships and their relationships with male figures, we can start to abolish the patriarchal lens that glares over them. We can look at the patriarchy so harshly, we turn it to stone.

Bitch Magazine has been funding independent, feminist media for over 20 years and is one of the last remaining independent non-profit print publications left so it’s really exciting to be part of their new magazine. A special thanks to the amazing designer Margot Harrington and to all the other wonderful women who worked on the redesign: Veronica Corzo-Duchardt, Jessica De Jesus and AD Kristin Rodgers Brown. It looks stunning. Looking forward to take a moment to sit down and read through it all.

Category: Editorial
Client: Bitch Magazine