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She Was Asking for It

She Was Asking for It

Artwork by Myriam Thomas
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Copper stains and kiln-fired painting on float glass.
52 x 52 x 2 cm

In this artwork, I investigated how centuries-old stories such as the Greek Medusa myth, have a strong component of victim blaming, and how these victim-blaming stories still find an echo today in the ways men and women often react to gender-related violent crimes.

"She had been drinking too much", "She was flirting", "She was dressed defiantly", "She shouldn't be out on the street so late" etc...are all variations on the narrative in the Medusa myth, where the victim (Medusa) is blamed and even demonized after she was raped, and the aggressor is left out of the picture. By taking this angle, Medusa, for me, suddenly becomes a strong, pained woman who gets my full sympathy and solidarity.
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